Painkiller Addict – From Wreckage To Redemption

Cathryn Kemp

7 years on

How to get help

There is help out there, if you want it.

I had no idea at the time of my rock bottom that I could walk into a hospital or a CRI building and say that I needed to be detoxed.

When I was told my fentanyl prescriptions were being cut off, I tried several times to apply for an NHS rehab but was refused because I wasn’t homeless or offending. So I sold my house, borrowed lots of money from my parents and booked into a private rehab. At the time it felt like my only option.

I’m now really glad I went to the clinic I chose. It had a forward-thinking attitude to treat all addictions, not just to drugs or alcohol, which suited me as I might have swapped one dependency for another.

If you don’t have that support, the first port of call should be your GP, or the GP of the person with suspected dependency issues. A referral to the regional Substance Misuse Service will most likely be the first step towards recovery.

Other places that can help, include:

Narcotics Anonymous
UK
Website: www.ukna.org
Helpline: 0300 999 1212
Email: helpline@ukna.org

Worldwide
Website: www.na.org
Tel: (818) 773-9999
Email: fsmail@na.org

Alcoholics Anonymous
UK
Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
Helpline: 0845 769 7555
Email: help@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Worldwide
Website: www.aa.org
Tel:: 212 870 3400
Email: international@aa.org

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