I was a teacher in my late 40's when I was coerced into using meth by an abusive partner. I had never used drugs before, with no real idea of what meth was. Within 18 months, my meth use led to the darkest period of my life. I couldn't work, I had alienated family and friends, and death seemed to be the only solution to escape the pain. The last time I used was the night I fled from that partner after a horrific night of abuse.

Coming back from such a dark place has been incredibly hard yet healing. I worked with a Drug and Alcohol counsellor during my initial recovery, and then I learnt to heal through writing about my experience to help others and through Art therapy. I want people to know that no matter how dark it gets, there is always hope and that they are worth so much more.

Rethink Addiction acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we live and work, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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