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Family of teen killed by heroin overdose aims to help young addicts with sober house

Creighton Shipman (WCIV)

A year after losing her son to a heroin overdose, a Mount Pleasant mother is working to make sure no other family experiences that loss.

Creighton Shipman battled with a heroin addiction in secrecy for months. He went to rehab, but would later die from an overdose. He was 19.

His mother, Nanci Shipman, has a message to share with any family battling addiction. She says that through Creighton's story, she hopes to help another family.

"Creighton always found the good in things and the good in people." Shipman said.

A lacrosse star, Creighton graduated from Wando High School, and went on to play at Mars Hill College in North Carolina.

It was during his freshman year, his mother says, Creighton began using heroin.

July 17 marked the first anniversary of Shipman having to say goodbye to her first born.

"It's been the hardest two weeks for my children and I," Shipman said.

Nanci and her other children have since dedicated themselves to being advocates for addicts.

"It affects a lot more people than we know, and the more we talk about it the more conversations we have about it, the more you know you're not alone," Shipman said.

Shipman started the Creighton 22 Foundation after her son's death, but it would be almost a year before she knew how to allow her sons legacy to live on.

"It came to us last month, and the mission of the Creighton 22 foundation is, The Creighton House," Shipman said Friday. "It's going to be a resource, a place for them to hangout, a place that when Creighton came back from rehab would've been a great source of comfort for him."

The sober house will be geared toward young people battling addiction.

"The community has been needing something like this, and to fulfill this need for this age group," Shipman says.

Shipman said it's a small token of appreciation to a community that's never let her fall.

"This community held up our family in it's darkest hour," she said.

The plans for The Creighton House will be revealed Saturday, July 22, at the IOP Exchange Club at 6:30 p.m.

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