Tim Sherman’s daughter had battled drug addiction for years, but her father was led to believe that she had stayed clean for over a year.

As Fox 8 reports, the Ohio father was right by his child, Karisten Lyn’s, side as she fought her way through addiction. He begged her to stop, and at times lovingly threatened her to stay away from heroin.

He once told his daughter he would be the one to put her in a body bag if she succumbed to the drug:

If you can’t kick the dragon for good I will be the one to zip you up, but I will be with you every step of the way when you need me.

Sadly, that day came on Christmas Eve when Tim got a phone call.

On the line was a detective telling him Karisten Lyn was dead.

In a heartbreaking Facebook post, the father described his daughter’s demons and warned other parents to stay alert: 

The father wrote, in part:

See, my daughter was clean for just over a year from using heroin. She kicked the dragon square in the balls and I didn’t think she was ever gonna look back for it. I took her to her first Narcan meeting, took her to her first AA meeting, and went with her to her first NA meeting and hit one with her here and there as she progressed through her sobriety. Recently we spoke about those meetings and all the hocus pocus that goes on in there and I tell her “to each their own” and that those meetings help some and then they may not help others. I dig deeper and we talk more about how it’s helped her and that she has met some really good people in those meetings who can related with her better than I can since they’ve experienced this and she decides that she is going to keep going. She even looks at me, and she promises me that she’s NEVER going back to H ever again. She even said “Daddy, I don’t want to go back to that stuff ever again”.

I don’t know why she didn’t call me like she promised. It hurts so bad that she didn’t call.

Now before you get all pissy with me for saying that I will zip her up, You have got to understand my daughter’s and my relationship. It’s a loving relationship that shines. I would ALWAYS be there to bail her out of whatever she got herself into, but now here I was, a father who was desperate for my daughter NEVER TO USE AGAIN and didn’t know how else to put it. I thought the Love she had for me would keep her from going back to that drug ever again.

She had hit such an lethal dose that when she went into a hemorrhaging arrest that she sat up from her pillows she was propped on in her bed, had her arms straight out with a slight bend at the elbow, fists clenched, with her thumbs tucked under her fingers grasping so tight at what looked like she was trying to grab life back in her. She was all blue faced,veins out, had a little blood from her nose and her teeth were so tight together that her mouth wouldn’t open. Her toes were curled and she sat there dead until she was found when everybody got to her house. I was told I couldn’t touch my daughter in case there was any lethal powder still on her. I ask for gloves and glove up cause I’ll be damned if I’m not going to help my daughter One last time or hug her and let her know I Love her.

Well, I kept my word and spread the bag out and carefully placed her in it to say goodbye to her so they can find out what it was that she took. I zipped her up in her body bag and helped them carefully place her on the cot.

Please, I BEG YOU… if you know someone close to you on Heroin or recovering from Heroin, take it from me, do not, I repeat DO NOT let someone tell you how to handle a situation, especially if it is your own child and do what your gut tells you 100% of the time. I’ve let my guard down by being a little chill lately, but this is gonna change me and I’m gonna follow my gut like I always did in he past and nothing will stand in my way. I promise that…

I miss my daughter so much and am hurting so much. I know people who have gone through this and have had it worse than we are, but it still effing sucks. I’m not looking for pity or trolling for comments. I just want ALL of you to know that no matter who you are or what you do or how perfect you think someone is, that this Heroin sh*t can come into anybody’s life and destroy it. Do not be blind to this. Do not accept anything less than how you want to handle situations. AND DO NOT LET THIS DRUG FOOL YOU!!!

According to Drugabuse.com, these are some of the telltale signs parents or other loved ones can watch for if someone might be facing drug addiction:

  • Inability to stop using the drug.
  • Hiding the behavior from loved ones.
  • Having trouble maintaining healthy relationships.
  • Neglecting responsibilities.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
  • Engaging in illegal activities to obtain the drug.

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance abuse, you can reach out to Drugabuse.com at 1-877-978-2221 for help.

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