Waukesha woman one of first to receive implants for fighting addiction
WAUKESHA — Raynell Hammer of Waukesha has had her share of ups and downs: motherhood and grandmotherhood on one end, temporary homelessness, job loss, a stay in prison, and an opioid addiction on the other.
She’d used alcohol, crack and pills. After being prescribed pain pills for dental work, Hammer said, she got addicted to them — first it was for pain, then recreation, then it became a habit, and she eventually turned to heroin to feed the demon inside her.
But with the help of Dr. Siamak Arassi and staff at Brookfield’s Healing Corner Recovery Center, the mother of four and grandmother of four has turned a huge corner. “I have a new life,” Hammer said this week. “In everyday life I was used to being drugged up, on the streets.
That was the only life I knew. … Once I recovered, I got to deal with feelings I didn’t know what to do with them.” The boost she got was much more than a shot in the arm: It was an implant called