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In memory of Austin Hesse

Created by Family Of Austin Hesse

Austin Hesse

Austin battled with drug addiction for ten years. Marijuana and alcohol were his first drug of choice when he was twelve years old. Austin was in and out of treatment programs.
Approximately six years before Austin took his life, he found crystal meth. Meth had such a hold on Austin. There was no program strong enough to help him fight the grips meth had on him.
He was tired. Tired of what meth made him into. He became a criminal to support his habit. I wish I could go back in time and do something more. The guilt is so heavy on me.
I know Austin knew I tried and how much I love him. I never blamed him for his mistakes. I blamed the drugs.
I feel Austin has found peace with God. He no longer suffers from the day to day need for meth. I am taking Austin's spirit and reaching out to others in need of help with their addiction. Those that feel there is no other way out than to take their lives.
I am an active member of the local meth coalition. I have talked at a junior high school and I will continue to share Austin's story for the rest of my life.

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Guest Book


Sorry for the loss of your son Austin. I also lost my son Robert G. Winn to Meth. If you would like to post your son's story on my son's web site go to Maybe we can save someone else. GOD BLESS YOU
2. Shanna Arias
Well let me just start off by saying that I am very sorry for your loss. Please don't blame yourself or feel like there was something you could have done. Drugs are very powerful. I know because I was into many drugs but my drug of choice was herion and by the age of 19 I quit. By the grace of God, he delivered me and all I had to do was ask. I have 20 years sober now and have dedicated my life to helping addicts and alcoholics, especially youths. Keep doing what you are doing.
3. Anjuli Clare
This brought tears to my eyes. I think you are right, Austin has probably found peace with God. Drugs take our peace and all that is good about us, and they try to destroy us. I have found my way, barely. But this story and others like it make me hold onto what I have for dear life. I know that is what it will take, it will take my life away. You and Austin are in my prayers.
4. Elaine Davids Mama
What a lovely tribute to Austin and a wonderful way to turn tragedy into triumph.I have a special place in my heart for the children we have lost to drugs.Heaven has become HOME to these lost children and I can only imagine the celebration there as they live forever without the painful call of drugs trying to pull them down. I only wish I could see their faces as they shine in perfect health and contentment.God's favor on your effort to save lost ones from meth.Phil 4:19