Stories from Reno, Nevada

From Heroin to Heroine

By Jessica Koparan and Scott Lashinsky
September 22, 2021

One of two things likely comes to mind when you hear the word heroin: the infamous narcotic or a woman admired for her courage and bravery. Gretchen Courting’s story is one that encompasses both.

Gretchen first started using cocaine when she was only 15 years old. Later, followed a nearly decade-long battle with heroin addiction. Refusing to sugarcoat the many difficulties she faced along the way, Gretchen describes those years in her 20’s as being filled with homelessness and self-destruction. But her story is not void of redemption.

Listen as Gretchen shares the story of her transformation from heroin addict to a heroine of sorts who seeks to share her story in hopes of helping anyone caught in the dreadful throes of addiction.

Please note: the following story contains detailed descriptions of substance addiction. Listener discretion is advised.

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