CHICAGO (CBS) — If your loved one was addicted to heroin, would you know?
For most parents and loved ones, the revelation comes as complete surprise and many learn after it’s too late.
Ivon Zepeda says she was one of those parents. A single mom of four boys, she worked long days on her bus route, assuming her children were busy and happy.
“My boys were involved in sports, wrestling, football and baseball at Wauconda High School,” she recalls.
Then one day, the school called and told her something that changed her life forever.
“A teacher called me from the school and she says ‘Your son just left, and he said that he doesn’t know how to tell you, but he started using heroin.’ I was shocked. I thought, no way. I knew they were going to parties, smoking weed but heroin? No way. I was in denial.”