09 June 2016

Former Drug Dealer Hopes for Drug Detox in Prison after Surrender

Drug addiction is an illness that generally requires treatment in order for the affected person to overcome it. Drug detox and rehabilitation are available to those who are struggling with drug addiction, but many people never get the help they so desperately need. In many instances, it is fear of the unknown that stops addicts from reaching out for help. Others are living in denial and would rather blame their circumstances than accept that they have a treatable illness.

Rock Bottom

Entering rehab for a drug addiction tends to occur when a drug addict reaches his or her ‘rock bottom’. However, a common misconception regarding the term ‘rock bottom’ is that a person needs to be wallowing in the depths of despair with nothing left to live for in order to have reached this point.

This is not always the case. Everybody finds their own ‘rock bottom’ when reaching the point where they are ready to make the change. For some, it can be quite early on in their addiction, but for others like Sean Heath, it can be at the point where they have absolutely nothing left and feel like they have had enough.

Sean Heath was drug dealing from, and living in, a drug den in Manchester with nothing except a coat to call his own. His awakening came when he decided that he no longer wanted to live this way, so he headed to Little Hulton police station, confessed that he was dealing drugs, and handed over thirty-six wraps of heroin. He said, “I’m dealing drugs, and I don’t want to do it anymore.”

Officers had been unaware that he was dealing drugs but arrested him, and mugshots show the repentant dealer with tears welling in his eyes.

A Life Lost to Drugs

Heath has been sentenced to two years and four months in prison; during his sentencing, he said, “Half my life’s gone on drugs – I have just had enough.”

He had been dealing heroin and crack cocaine to feed his own £200 per day habit. He admitted to selling around thirty-six wraps of heroin every day along with around fifty-six wraps of cocaine. Heath’s lawyer said, “This is the first time in my professional career I have had a defendant who has knocked on the door of police, surrendered himself, and handed over a class A drug worth over £700 in street value. That goes to show his mindset. He tells me he’s been using illicit drugs since the age of 14, and prior to his remand in custody, would describe himself as an alcoholic.”


Heath’s troubles began because of issues in his family life, along with financial struggles. His lawyer said that his client wanted to move forward and is ‘determined to completely abstain from drugs’. His remorse was obvious in the fact that he handed himself into police. Hopefully, he will be able to complete a drug detox and rehabilitation programme while behind bars and have a better future when he is released.

The Damage Caused by Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is an illness that can take everything, effectively leaving the affected person with nothing. It is all-consuming and causes those affected to neglect parts of their life that were once important to them. This can include family and friends, work relationships, finances, and previously enjoyed activities.

For those affected by drug addiction, everything pales into insignificance behind their need for the drug. Many drug addicts lose their homes, jobs, families and money, and when they get desperate, they turn to criminal activity just like Sean Heath did when he started dealing drugs to fund his own habit.

Drug addiction tears families apart and affects everyone close to the person with the addiction. Children, parents, spouses, siblings, and friends are all affected when one person becomes addicted to drugs. They will do everything they can to help, and some will enable the addict without even realising. This means they will make it easier for the addict to continue with the destructive behaviour by their actions. It could include giving them money to pay for bills because they have spent their money on drugs, or lying to a boss when their loved one is unable to go to work due to being high.

There are so many consequences of addiction, and it causes destruction and despair for all involved. It wreaks havoc on entire communities and costs the economy millions of pounds every year.

Treatment for Addiction

When it comes to treating this illness, drug detox and rehabilitation are vital. Here at UKAT, we know the importance of professional help and support for those trying to overcome this destructive illness. Our expert staff work tirelessly to ensure that every patient we treat gets every chance for a successful recovery. We do this by providing medical drug detox programmes and a range of excellent therapy options designed to help patients conquer their addictions. Call us today for more information on how we can help.


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