Grieving Out Loud with Angela Kennecke

A middle-class family man’s journey into homelessness and heroin

Tom Wolf embodied the quintessential image of a middle-class family man—married, with two children, living in the suburbs, and holding a steady job as a child support officer. However, his life took a drastic turn after a seemingly routine foot surgery led to a prescription for painkillers.

Listen as we delve into Tom’s journey from a happy, hardworking American to homeless, living on the streets and consumed by the relentless pursuit of heroin.

We hope today’s episode not only informs you about our nation’s opioid epidemic and how literally anyone can struggle with substance use disorder but also gives you hope that there is help available. Maybe you, too, can be the one to make a difference in someone’s life.

One of Tom’s mugshots from when he was arrested and in active addiction