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Marisa says her 20-year-old daughter began her drug use with marijuana, then Xanax and finally heroin. She says her daughter is now addicted to heroin, meth and crack.
"She's so addicted and so broken," Marisa says of Gia. She says her daughter would often disappear into the bathroom for hours to do drugs. Her mother also says she has been violent, kicked in walls, broken doors and windows, stolen numerous items from family members including her wedding ring.
So far, Gia has been to rehab 3 times, detox 4 times and jail twice. She also overdosed and required resuscitation. In addition to Gia's drug use, the family is also having to deal with Gia's boyfriend Dustin, who is also using and recently overdosed and was in a coma for a month. Her family has kicked Gia out of their home. Her family says at one point Gia and Dustin lived in the woods.
During our meeting with Gia, the 20-year-old opens up about her battle with drugs.
"I don't really think I ever really knew who I was either. That's kind of probably why I steered so hard and fast towards the drug world," Gia says. "I shoot up maybe 5 to 10 times. I do maybe like a ball a day." She says her veins "are pretty much gone" from shooting up and says her arms look "disgusting."
She adds, "Heroin's grip on me, it feels definite. It honestly feels like this is what I'm supposed to do in life... I've given my life to heroin and there's not going to be any going back from that."
In an attempt to save Gia and Dustin, the family has come to The Doctors for a double intervention. After an emotional discussion about addiction and the possibility of getting clean with ER physician Dr. Travis Stork and clinical psychologist Dr. Judy Ho, Gia says, "It just seems like it... I just can't see it happening for me." Dustin says deciding whether to go to rehab is a matter of life or death for him.
Find out if Gia and Dustin take the first steps towards recovery in the video below.
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