Vet Rhona Kirk (Zoe Henry) is of course battling with an addiction to strong prescription painkillers right now, and over the course of the last couple of weeks, her life has been going progressively downhill as she attempts to function while dealing with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
So far, only her friend and partner in the vets’ surgery Vanessa (Michelle Hardwick) knows Rhona’s secret, and as fans will know, Vanessa has been trying to help Rhona to wean herself off the drugs by supplying her with medicines from their surgery.
But things come to a head this week as it dawns on Vanessa that Rhona may not be making as much effort to come off the tablets as she says she is…
The drama begins on Thursday, May 30, when Rhona and Paddy (Dominic Brunt) learn from Marlon (Mark Charnock) that he and his girlfriend Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) have not only bought baby Leo an expensive sit-and-ride toy for his second birthday, but they also plan to take him away for the weekend.
Sensing that Rhona and Paddy aren’t overly happy about the lavish nature of the gifts, Marlon immediately tries to ease the tension by suggesting that they accompany him and Laurel on the trip…
However, Rhona panics at the thought of a whole weekend without pills, and she fears that Vanessa would never agree to supply her with enough to keep her going for the trip.
And her fears are confirmed when, after Rhona fails to cope with an emergency with Val Pollard’s dog – prompting Vanessa to step in and take over – Vanessa tells Rhona that this all has to stop.
She once again suggests that Rhona tell Paddy what’s going on, and though Rhona says she’ll think about it, secretly, she has no intention of clueing her husband in on her problem.
Will Vanessa tell Paddy herself? Or will Rhona finally get control of the problem herself?
Find out next week, but for now, here’s a look at this week’s drama…