By the time her mother had picked the lock with her fingernail, Chayce was in a heap on the cream-color tiles, the needle still in her arm.The ambulance arrived and she was rushed to the emergency room, but when she came to, Chayce had no plans to get sober.By then Chayce was having trouble finding a vein and, if she had to be honest, was tired of her whole life, tired of doing anything to not get “dope sick” (the stomach-turning sweats of withdrawal), tired of spending her days sending naked Snaps to guys for or so she could buy a hit, tired of sneaking into restrooms at Arby’s and Taco Bell and praying they had a mirror because by that point she’d resorted to shooting up in her neck. After landing in the emergency room in January, she walked out of the hospital looking to use, searching for the friend who’d given her the fentanyl-laced drugs. Chayce found his buddy and did more heroin, but the next day he turned up dead too. It’s not that she hadn’t tried—countless times, it seemed—to get sober.But without insurance she’d had trouble getting into an in-patient program. I don’t wanna ever not feel like I feel right now.” She talks about getting a job and becoming a drug counselor. “I am filled with anxiety every day since she’s been out,” says her mother, Tracie Knittel. But with each overdose, I have had to come to terms with the fact that I might lose my daughter to heroin.My hobbies are reading, travelling, cooking I am a nice, sweet, generous, loving, happy, caring, and kind person. I have a great attitude in the way I live my life, I'm always positive and up front. I have never traveled outside of this country but would love to. They are actually bronze and when i am upset they change.I'm stress and drama free and looking for a good friend that will turn into something wonderful and worth while. I consider myself fun to be with, warm and inviting. I believe a mans highest priority next to God, is his family, then his country.
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This time her family raised money on Go Fund Me to send her to Bella Monte, a rehab facility in California, at a cost of ,000 a month. Her enthusiasm is so promising and yet, after months of reporting on the drug epidemic, I find it hard to ignore the red flags that come up in our conversations: She’s been “chilling” with a boy she met in rehab (a recovery no-no), and they’ve decided to pick up and drive to Fresno, California, even though the plan was for Chayce to go to a sober house. I don’t know how to stay hopeful and also be prepared.
When I first speak to Chayce this spring, she has just graduated after spending 80 days there. All I can do is focus on loving her regardless.”Will Chayce make it?
She’d been shooting heroin since she was 18: a party girl who made drugs look cute on her Insta (Xanax laid out as hearts, swirls of codeine cough syrup on ice), with visible tan lines from the Ugg boots she wore even in the Arizona heat—they were where she stashed her needles and spoon.
So after the bathroom incident she OD’d again, once in August and then again in September; it happened for the ninth time in January, when she accidentally did heroin laced with fentanyl—and even that wasn’t a turning point.