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“From a Life Sentence in Addiction to Freedom” ft. Katherine F.

“From a Life Sentence in Addiction to Freedom” ft. Katherine F.

Katherine F.: Defying the Odds – Her Unforgettable Journey from Darkness to Light on Hell Has an Exit!”

On this episode of Hell Has an Exit, Teddy welcomes Katherine F., who courageously opens up about her tumultuous life journey. From a young age, Katherine’s life was marked by an introduction to opiates due to a sports injury. Despite growing up in a supportive family, she grappled with a craving for attention and a rebellious streak that led her down a treacherous path. 

Her descent into drug addiction, particularly opiates, began around the age of 15, and her story takes us on a harrowing 26-year battle with substance abuse.

Katherine’s narrative sheds light on how her family’s well-intentioned focus on her struggles inadvertently overshadowed her brother’s own issues. He masked his addiction with mental health problems, ultimately succumbing to a heroin and fentanyl overdose.

As Katherine’s life spiraled further into darkness, she became entangled in a series of abusive relationships. She shares a haunting incident where her boyfriend ran her over with a truck, resulting in a coma and severe injuries that added to her already complex journey.

However, the episode doesn’t dwell solely on the hardships. Katherine’s story is one of remarkable transformation and perseverance. She is not only a dedicated mother, but she also exemplifies the power of resilience. Katherine’s journey took a turn for the better as she returned to school and earned her degree, demonstrating her commitment to a brighter future. Her path to recovery allowed her to finally surrender to the help she needed, and in doing so, she discovered the transformative power of love. Tune in as Katherine’s inspiring journey unfolds, showcasing the incredible strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity and the boundless potential for healing and growth.


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Hell Has an Exit Podcast is a display of resilience of the human spirit. Our host Teddy Tarantino was addicted at the age of 14. Lost and suicidal he found his own exit in hell by getting clean at 17 and involvement in a 12 step program. Since then Teddy has dedicated much of his life helping other addicts find the Exit. On this show Teddy interviews individuals who have fought similar battles- emotionally raw, vulnerable and uncut.