Name: Samantha “Sammi” Cody-Neuhoff
Location: Springfield, Illinois
DOD: May 12, 2017
Samantha “Sammi” Cody-Neuhoff, 24, of Chatham, and her unborn daughter, Aadinynah Grace Neuhoff, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 in Springfield due to Sammi’s heroin addiction. Samantha was born December 13, 1992, in Springfield, to Richard Wade Neuhoff and Dianne Lynn Huffstutler Folder. They were preceded in death by Lynda Huffstutler (grandmother) and Richard A. Neuhoff (grandfather).
Samantha attended Glenwood High School. She was artistic, crafty, and fun.
Samantha will be greatly missed by her mother, Dianne Folder of Chatham; father, Richard Wade Neuhoff of Springfield; daughter Aaliyah of Springfield; brothers, Aaron Cody and Dalton Folder; sister, Rachael Law; nephew, Payton Folder; grandparents, Fred Huffstutler, Karen Collier, Don Collier; aunts Sara Branson, Vicky Huffstutler; uncles Bruce Huffstutler, Chris Neuhoff, and Ed (Lori) Turley; and several cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held at VFW Post #4763, 501 W Mulberry St., Chatham, IL, 62629 on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 2pm-8pm. Please bring your own helium balloon for a memorial release at 6pm.
Sammi had told family members that she was surprised that even after the first time using heroin, it had a grip on her. Some of her friends were using it, and she decided to use it too. Opioids, such as heroin, can be addictive. Addiction is a disease that results when the opioid has made changes to the brain. A person using medication properly is not likely to get addicted, but this sometimes happens. Addiction usually occurs through misuse. Some people are at higher risk of addiction because of their genes, temperament, or personal situation.
The signs of addiction are:
- Craving—The mind develops an overwhelming desire for the drug.
- Loss of control—It becomes harder to say no to using the drug. Use is compulsive and continues even when it causes harm.
It is not usually possible to taper off an addiction. More help is needed because the cravings are so strong and the fear of withdrawal is so great. Opioid addiction can be treated. Opioid addiction is a chronic disease, like heart disease or diabetes, a medical condition for life. It cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Sammi was expecting a baby and she was scheduled to go into rehab on Monday, May 15, 2017. She knew that a person with addiction can regain a healthy, productive life.
Treatment helps people stop using drugs and helps them get through withdrawal and cope with cravings. Treatment also helps them move away from other harmful behaviors, such as drinking alcohol or abusing other drugs. Just as important, treatment helps people address life issues they might have that are tied to the addiction, such as feelings of low self-worth, a bad situation at work or home, or spending time with people who use drugs. In short, treatment helps people move into healthy, addiction-free lifestyles—into a way of living referred to as recovery and that is what Sammi hoped for. “Please don’t try heroin or any opioid, even once”. Tragically, two lives were lost on Friday from this addiction.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1Corinthians:13-14
Cremation rites will be accorded by Cremation Services of Central Illinois, Chatham.
Memorial contributions may be made to help with end of life expenses and for Aalyiah’s future education.