An Addict in the Family: Day in the Life of C.J.

A Day in Her Life

"C.J.'s life today is very sad," says Jim of his 21-year-old daughter. "C.J. has so many talents, and they would shine before she started drug use."

C.J.'s mother, Paula, agrees. "Cheerleading " her smile could just melt anybody's heart," she remembers. Now, C.J.'s life is different. "C.J. spends most of her time getting Loratab, Xanax, morphine, Oxycontin. Whatever she can get ahold of, whatever she can trade, exchange. C.J.'s life is constantly searching for the next pill."

[AD]"It's just hard for Paula and me to see how she's throwing away her life at this point," Jim says.

C.J.'s older brother, Anthony, is fed up with his sister. "I'm very angry with what's C.J. has done and the choices she's made," he says. "She's a master at deception. C.J. can take you for everything you got. She'll have you buying into her pity party quicker than anything. I felt like grabbing C.J. up by the scruff of her neck, throwing her in the backyard and knocking her from one end of the backyard to the other, and the only thing that is preventing me from doing that is the fact that she's a girl. Sometimes I wish she would go to jail. Maybe that's the swift kick in the hind end that she needs."

Joani is a recovering drug addict and former guest of Dr. Phil, who pays it forward by helping other addicts. She records on video a day in the life of C.J.

"It's my sister's birthday, and I have five morphine [pills]," C.J. says. "I'm going to snort three of them and chew two of them." She does so.

"You snorted how many milligrams of morphine?" Joani asks her.

"I snorted 90, and I swallowed 60, so that's 150 total," she says.

Later, Joani follows C.J. as she searches for more drugs. "She's out here making a buy. I think she's getting pharmaceuticals," she says, watching C.J. wait on the doorstep of someone's house. "Looks like she's finally run into luck."

When C.J. returns, Joani asks, "So, is this pretty much your whole life, drugs every day?"

"Not every day. If I don't have the money for Oxys, you know, the more expensive things, and I have, like, $10, I'll spend $10 on some Xanax or something," C.J. says.

"OK, so what did he give you?"

[AD]"Eight morphine pills," she says. "And I have to get him a half [ounce] of weed and a 12-pack of Bud Dry."

"Where are you going to get the weed?" Joani asks.


"I'm trying to figure that out right now," C.J. says with a laugh. Later, she reports, "Today, I've done 80 milligrams of Oxycontin, a 10-milligram Adderall that a friend gave me. When I mix the Oxycontin and Xanax, it makes me nod off."

Joani observes, "She's kind of in the category of a garbage head. She takes almost anything."

"I do have a habit, and if I keep going like I'm going, then I'm going to end up in jail," C.J. says.