Many people deal with addiction issues around the UK. While those who have never had any experience with addiction may assume that a certain type of person will be affected by it, the truth is that addiction can affect anyone. No particular background, gender, age, or race is more likely to be affected by addiction than others are.
There are many reasons why some individuals will become addicted, but it will always start with experimentation to the substance or activity in question. While some people can drink alcohol and never become alcoholics and others can gamble sensibly, some will develop a dependency, which will then become a full-blown addiction.
Once a person has developed an addiction, it can take over his or her life to such an extent that nothing else matters. They will spend every minute thinking about the thing they are addicted to, and satisfying their craving may become the only thing they care about.
For many, addiction can spiral out of control and they will do things they would never have dreamed of before. Many addicts will get to the point where they will turn to crime in order to fund their habit, which is exactly what happened to Joanne Alice Greaves and Anthony O’Hara who, in separate incidences, began dealing drugs in order to support their drug addictions.
Greaves was suffering from cannabis and MCat addiction, and when the addiction took hold, she started dealing the drugs to people that she knew. Police found both types of drug in her home in December 2014, along with dealer bags and scales. They also recovered a mobile phone with evidence of her dealing, which indicated she was selling the drugs at street value.
Greaves pleaded guilty to the charges of possession with intent to supply, and she was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for eighteen months. The fact that she had no previous drug offences and the dealing was small scale was the reason her sentence was suspended.
O’Hara was not so lucky and was sentenced to two years in jail. Police found £1,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin in his home in December 2014. Upon arriving at his home, he cooperated immediately by showing them his stash of Class A drugs. He admitted that he had begun dealing to fund his addiction after losing his job.
The family man admitted that, although he had worked hard for the past twenty years, the loss of his job placed pressure on him, as he could no longer fund the addiction to drugs that he had developed.
Both Greaves and O’Hara are parents, and their children will now have to deal with the consequences of their parents’ addictions. Fortunately, for Greaves, she will not have to spend time behind bars at the moment but, for O’Hara’s family, it is a different story.
Addiction is a devastating illness that can wreak havoc on the lives of those it affects. Not only will the person with the addiction suffer, their family will too. Moreover, in many instances, strangers will be affected as well. Dealing drugs is a terrible crime and one punishable by time in prison.
Nevertheless, those suffering from addiction can get help before their addiction spirals out of control. Rehab Helper is a free service helping those affected by addiction. We are here to help addicts and their families by putting them in touch with suitable treatment providers in their area. If you would like more information on how we can help, call today.