In an effort to show the public just what happens to people who become addicted to heroin, Eva Holland posted a controversial picture of her boyfriend, Mike’s, funeral in Ohio. Holland and their two children are seen standing next to the open casket of her longtime boyfriend. The jarring photo was taken and posted on social media so that people could see exactly what gets left behind when someone gets caught in the trap of heroin addiction. Holland understands exactly how an addiction to heroin can ruin a family. She and her children witnessed how Mike struggled with his condition.
One of the main objectives in posting the picture was to show the others how an addiction can affect anybody. “You may think it will never happen to you but guess what, that’s what Mike thought too. We were together 11 years. I was there before it all started. I knew what he wanted out of this life, all his hopes and dreams. He never would’ve imagined his life would turn out this way. He was once so happy and full of life,” explained Holland in part of her Facebook post.
Oftentimes, heroin addicts will attempt to get clean by enrolling in a treatment center. Experts agree that this is the best solution to an addiction problem. However, relapse can be an issue if people aren’t vigilant and there isn’t enough support or accountability. In Mike’s case, he reportedly relapsed months after completing treatment when he took a pain pill for a toothache. This quickly escalated into a deadly tailspin.
Since being posted on social media, the photo has received thousands of views and Holland has received support from all over the country. While the picture highlights the horror of addiction, it strikes a chord with the many people because it is the stark reality of what the end result will be if someone isn’t able to stop.