Addict to Advocate: Mother of boy born drug-dependent strives to help others


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville woman struggled for years with pain pills and other drugs, even experiencing homelessness because of her addiction.

What some would consider a crisis situation—pregnancy—was the one thing that convinced her to get clean.

Bethany Morse’s 4-year-old son depends on her for everything, and that is what she says saved her life.

“I promised him in that hospital. ‘You’ll never go through anything like this ever, ever again,’” she recalls.

Her boy was born addicted.

“He would shake a little big when he would cry,” Morse says.

She was on Suboxone, which was prescribed to help her off an opioid addiction that she’d had for more than a decade.

“It’s just like being on heroin, pretty much. A lot of people don’t want to say that, but it is. You’re living in a dream state all the time,” Morse explains.

But the reality was frequent overdosing, emergency rooms, and rehab that didn’t rehabilitate.

“It’s like being possessed by a demon. I knew I was putting my parents and everyone who loved me through a lot of pain,” she says.

Motherhood changed that. She was finally ready.

“That’s what I want people to hear. It’s not what you think; it’s not that hard once you’re really willing to get clean,” Morse explains.

She continues, “It’s like its removed from you; the obsession is gone. You don’t hardly think about it, and when you do it’s in terms of helping somebody else out.”

Morse is an addict turned advocate and works with Tennessee Overdose Prevention to get the word out about Naloxone, the highly-effective opioid antidote.

She also has thousands of followers on a Facebook page dedicated to helping addicts and their families.

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