Chris’ Story

Chris at Church


Chris Boseman was 32 years old when he died from a heroin overdose on Aug. 12, 2014. Chris loved everyone and everyone loved him.  He was handsome, funny, loving, giving, tenderhearted, kind, a wonderful son and brother.  Chris hurt his back which required surgery and he became addicted to the pain pills.  When he could no longer get the medication, he bought pain medication on the street but the cost was $65 – $75 per pill.  He couldn’t afford it for long so his dealer eventually told him “this will do the same thing but it’s only $10.”  That is when Chris made the switch from prescription pain pills to heroin.  Some people think the only way to use heroin is by injecting but that isn’t true. You can also snort heroin. Chris’ family and friends had no idea about his addiction until a near fatal overdose in 2013.

After his overdose, Chris tried hard to fight his addiction.  He had a couple of relapses but by August 2013, it appeared he had successfully overcome the demon.  Chris enrolled at Rock Valley College where he studied Construction Management with Green Technology. He was in a relationship with a wonderful young lady.  He had just received FAFSA approval to pay for the balance of his school.  He was a year away from graduating.  Life looked great.  

No one knew the struggle Chris was still battling inside because he was so ashamed.  Chris was home alone, just a little over 1 year drug free when he relapsed and he died.

Chris, we love and miss you more than you will ever know.


Tammy Wardemann- Hope Over Addiction

Video by Marie Sheva; Author of ” The Year of the Dogs”

About the Author

Since the 2002 release of her memoir, The Year of the Dogs, Marie Sheva has appeared at venues across southern New England, including Roger Williams University, the RI State House, Unite for Youth – Groton Adolescence Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Association of RI, and many more. She is a member of RICARES (RI Communities for Addiction Recovery Efforts) and of GRASP (Grief Recovery After A Substance Passing). Her poignant story of love and loss resonates with audiences young and old, and of all social backgrounds, especially among those who have lost a loved one to addictive illness. Sheva knows from personal experience that people cannot heal in isolation. Through her story, she hopes to help end the stigma and darkness surrounding addictive illness, as well as to create a safe space for people to express their love and pain. 
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