Kayleigh Hutton, 33, sold her body in Grimbsy to fuel her daily cocktail of M-Cat, crack cocaine and heroin which she mixed to increase the high
A drug-addled sex worker who spent eight years on the streets with a £400 a day habit has transformed her life.
Kayleigh Hutton, 33, sold her body in Grimbsy to fuel her daily cocktail of M-Cat, crack cocaine and heroin which she mixed to increase the high.
She was in the grips of addiction for almost a decade, forced into prostitution, and lost three children to the care system.
But five years on the unlikely star of Channel 4 series Skint has turned her life around is determined to help pull others from the pit of addiction she knew so well.
She said: ‘I had lost my life through addiction, lost my children, lost my home and lost my dignity.
‘That was until I met the girls from Channel 4.
‘They took me under their wing. I visited a rehabilitation centre and I have never looked back’
Now a volunteer, Ms Hutton helps scores of addicts with their drug problems.
She dreams of becoming a recovery worker herself after being lost to the addiction of Class A drugs.
Ms Hutton said: ‘My tolerance was too high so I took more and more.’
To feed her habit, Ms Hutton went out on the streets between 6pm to 6am to sell her body, servicing numerous clients a day.
When she appeared on Skint the crew followed her around as she tried to pick up clients for cash.
She was addicted to heroin for almost a decade, forced into prostitution, and lost three children to the care system
‘You get a lot of older men picking up girls. When it is younger men, good looking and fit, you feel uneasy,’ she said.
Producers from Skint urged her to feature in their programme in return for a chance to seek help in a rehabilitation centre.
She said: ‘I was a broken. I was a working girl. They came to me and asked if they could do some filming.
‘I had just come out of hospital with deep vein thrombosis and I was looking for help from anybody.’
The show offered her a big break from her spiral of decline caused by drugs and marked a turning point in her life.
Her chance in life was a big break from her spiral of decline caused by drugs and marked a turning point in her life
She told GrimsbyLive: ‘I am passionate about recovery. So if I can help one person, it will make me feel better.’
In rehabilitation she was placed on a methadone programme with a daily intake of 110ml. She had previously been dependant upon 135ml while on the streets.
Within four weeks she had reduced the dependence to zero. ‘I was climbing the walls to try to make myself better.
All I knew was I didn’t want to be where I was in my life.
Since then I have not touched a single drug. Being a mum and waking up everyday knowing I am drug-free is the best feeling in the world.
‘I used to be in a world where you could easily pick up drugs on just about every street corner in Grimsby. You could bump into someone and they could get whatever you wanted.
In rehabilitation she was placed on a methadone programme with a daily intake of 110ml. She had previously been dependant upon 135ml while on the streets
‘It will still be going on. But I do not see the drug rings because I am blind to it, so I do not see it. I choose to turn a blind eye. I have found a new confidence,’ said Ms Hutton.
Her teeth had rotted to unsightly pegs after years of drug abuse.
But now she has new teeth and they shine with every smile she shares with everyone she meets.
Ms Hutton volunteered with support agency, Foundations, which was a drug and alcohol treatment centre, for more than two years.
She is now pursuing her goal to become a recovery worker and have her own group of people to support.
Ms Hutton used to go out at 6pm to 6am to provide services to fuel her drug addiction
She said: ‘It is okay for people to go to university and read all about it. But for me it was real life. I can sit with a group and discuss problems and the coping strategies.
‘It is all about talking a lot and letting go. It is a therapy.’
Now Ms Hutton is surrounded by the love of her family. She has been reunited with her daughter Courtney Hutton, 17, who is embarking on a career in the army.
Ms Hutton also now has her ‘fantastic partner’ John Hopper, with whom she now has two younger children Leavi Hopper, three and Keaton Hopper, one.
‘I have worked my backside off to get to where I am. Until you have lived that experience, you do not know what it has been like,’ she said.
Among her greatest joys is the reunion with her mother Colleen Lyng who broke off their relationship because of her daughter’s reliance on drugs.
And Ms Hutton said the two producers on Skint, Cath and Emma still keep in touch with her.
She said: ‘They have turned into two very good friendships. We still meet up. If it was not for them I would have ended up dead.
‘I could never have seen me becoming clean, having family and a job.’