Thomas Hammells tragic death is a testament that more drug and alcohol rehab clinics should be accessible to addicts. This is according his mother, Cheryl, who commented on the cause of his death at the recent inquest. Thomas died of heroin toxicity in November 2016, and an inquest was held to establish the exact cause of his untimely death.
Thomas girlfriend Natalie Smith said that he did everything he could to kick his drug habit. He went to Alcoholics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Turning Point, a rehabilitation service in Wincheap. None of these succeeded in helping him to stay clean for any length of time.
Thomas is described as a good father to his two daughters Grace and Lola-Grace as well as being a fun and knowledgeable person. When he was clean, Thomas worked as a labourer and, shortly before his death, he applied for training for working on the railway.
At Thomas funeral, Cheryl said, We just hope that other people like Tom can get the help they so desperately need so their families do not have to go through what we have.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Addiction?
- Weight loss, sometimes in the extreme
- Pinched or gaunt look to the face
- Track marks on arms and legs (when heroin is injected)
- Grey/pale skin
- Poor hygiene
- Sooty fingers, residue and prints left on walls and things the user has touched after using
- Cellulitis in limbs
- Slurred, slowed or delayed speech
- Constricted pupils
- Red eyes
- Unable to feel physical pain
- Sleepiness/nodding off
- Runny nose
- Slowed or shallow breathing.
You may also find some of the following paraphernalia lying around or even hidden in the addicts room or drawers:
- Pipes for smoking
- Spoons usually bent at an angle with scorch marks on the underside this is how the drug is heated (used for injecting)
- Small plastic bags, folded cardboard (used to store or buy or sell the drug)
- Folded pieces of tin foil (used for smoking)
- Rolled up tubes (used for smoking)
- Hollowed out pens (used for smoking)
- Needles (used for injecting)
- Citrus, Vitamin C packs or lemon (used to break down the heroin for injecting)
- Tourniquets (used for injecting).
If you are observing a friend or loved one that you suspect of being an addict, you may also notice marked changes in the persons behaviour and demeanour. If you perceive any of the above, you need to seek help as soon as possible. Heroin addiction is a very serious condition, and the sooner the addict gets help, the better the results.
What Are the Withdrawal Symptoms of Heroin Like?
For long-term heroin addicts, sudden withdrawal may prove to be fatal. When an addict wants to quit using heroin, he or she needs to do it under the supervision of a medical professional. That is why it is always advisable to go into a drug and alcohol rehab clinic for the initial detoxification process. The staff at the clinic can monitor your progress and give you medication to manage your withdrawal from the heroin. You can expect the following symptoms when withdrawing from heroin:
- Muscle pain
- Bone pain
- Cold flushes
- Kicking urges, which are usually irresistible.
What Treatment Options Are There?
There are several treatment options for heroin addiction. The first is, of course, detoxification complete withdrawal and abstinence from using heroin. This is facilitated with medication to manage the withdrawal symptoms.
The next step is treatment. Often the first treatment option is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is a talk therapy that allows the addict to discuss and explore the deeper emotional issues that have caused the need to use heroin in the first place. Depending on the drug and alcohol rehab clinic, there may also be the options of music and art therapy, as well as access to a 12-step programme.
Where Can I Get Help?
UK Rehab provides a trustworthy, confidential, and non-judgemental advice, guidance, and support service to people who need to rehabilitate from addiction. Part of that service is to work with addicts, their families as well as their friends to establish the extent of the addiction, to arrange family interventions where necessary, and to outline possible therapy and treatment options. We can also help you find the most appropriate rehab clinic that will suit your needs as well as help with arranging your admittance to the drug and alcohol rehab clinic.
We Help You Through Continuous Support
Our 24/7 helpline is staffed by trained individuals who can answer your questions and guide you through the next steps of getting the help that you need. You can choose from inpatient treatment at a drug and alcohol rehab clinic, or outpatient treatment where you attend the clinic during the day for therapy and return home after you therapy session(s) are finished for the day. We can also help to arrange aftercare for you once your treatment programme has been completed.
The first step, however, is for you to admit that you need help. After that, all you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call. Our friendly staff is ready, willing, and able to give you the advice and guidance that you need, as well as the support necessary to go through the process of detox and treatment.
Sources: (Kent Online) Addict Thomas Hammell found dead in Canterbury public toilet had tried to get help