In the past Gail has used Methadone to try and beat her heroin cravings but after hearing about Subutex ( buprenorphine) she decided that it may work better for her as it is an opiate blocker. The main difference between the two treatments is that users who take Methadone can continue to take heroin, but you can’t use heroin when taking Subutex as it blocks out the effects.
The Whitechapel Centre approached Addaction on Gail’s behalf and she was put onto a Subutex prescription. After a lot of perseverance and dedication to beat her heroin habit Gail is now totally drug free. She admits that at times it was emotionally hard but with determination she has acheived her goal.
At the same time, Gail’s home was suffering from damp. Gail suffers from COPD and the damp was causing her health to deteriorate. This coincided with the Subutex treatment coming to an end. Her house had a lot of bad memories of her drug use and she wanted a fresh start. Gail didn’t really want to move from her neighbourhood as she has a lot of family and friends who live nearby. The Whitechapel Centre found a house just two doors away and Gail she jumped at the chance to move in. After long discussions with the landlord the rent was agreed at a level that Gail could manage.
Gail has now settled into her new home and has also won two awards with Addaction - a Recovery Champion Award and a Positive Changes Award.
Gail said, “The last year has been a long slog and the support from The Whitechapel Centre has really helped and encouraged me. My support worker, Peter, was there for me every step of the way, I couldn't have done it without him. I have never felt happier and am looking forward to my future in my new home."