Former addict says support workers saved his life

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A former heroin addict has said that the intervention of a support group has saved his life.

A former heroin addict has said that the intervention of a support group has saved his life.

Former heroin addict Chris Morris, with his dog Pig, has gone clean and changed his life thanks to help from Bromford Support.

Former heroin addict Chris Morris, with his dog Pig, has gone clean and changed his life thanks to help from Bromford Support.

Bromford Support stepped in to help Chris Morris when they discovered he was in a downward spiral after the death of his wife in 2010.

Mr Morris, of Dryden Street, Raunds, said: “At the height of my addiction I was using three-and-a-half grams a day.

“I couldn’t cope with the enormity of what had happened to me and I was in freefall.

“If I didn’t get help I would’ve killed myself probably with all them drugs.”

Former heroin addict Chris Morris, with his dog Pig, has gone clean and changed his life thanks to help from Bromford Support.

Former heroin addict Chris Morris, with his dog Pig, has gone clean and changed his life thanks to help from Bromford Support.

Mr Morris said Bromford Support contacted him after his wife died and discovered he was not coping – so care workers were sent to help.

The 46-year-old was struggling with debt while dealing with his addiction and said that because he did not know where to turn he had started not to care.

He needed help with his benefits, as they were in his wife’s name and had stopped after she died.

However, the support group – a non-profit organisation funded by the county council – intervened, helped him get his benefits back and began teaching him money management skills.

Support worker Emma Heathorn said: “He didn’t know where to go or who to contact for help.

“We assisted him in managing his income so he can prioritise to make sure his bills are paid and there is enough left to eat.”

Mr Morris said that he had been a drug addict for most of his life, served time in jail, and was probably thought to be a “lunatic” by other people.

However, he says he is a changed man and does not get into trouble any more – with his care worker helping him to manage his money and keep on top of cleaning his property, he gradually started to get better.

Mr Morris is now drug free and is in credit with his energy bills, and says Bromford Support made this possible.

Chris Morris’ care worker Emma Heathorn has said that Bromford Support offers help across the county.

She has urged people whose live’s are in crisis, or if they know someone’s who is, to come to one of the many drop-in centres the group hold across the county.

Mrs Heathorn added that staff at drop-in sessions can offer help and advice straight away and refer them if they feel more help is needed.

They can be contacted through the Facebook page or by calling 0330 1234 034.