My life in addiction was fuelled by loss, grief and trauma. Unable to process my husband's death I found solace in drugs and alcohol. Numbing out all the pain. Unable to move forward, stuck in grief and hiding my secret life of addiction from all who knew me. I could not see a way out and was silenced by shame, fear and stigma. Until the biggest turning point came in my life as I sat there staring at a positive pregnancy test. I now had a reason to fight and find my light again. As hard as it was, I found my voice - be it quiet and shaking - and I asked for help…This wasn’t just about me anymore.
Sober for 10 years and clean from drugs for 8 years! I am a super busy single mum of two amazing children, dedicating most of my “free” time to all things kids - training, sport, activities, parties! In my other world I am completing my studies in my Bachelor of Human Services and Masters of Social Work. I especially wanted to work with mothers and women in addiction and my goal was to gain formal qualifications so I could give back to others and help them the way I was helped - which led me to the amazing team at Arli! What better way to give back then as a peer support coach - I would have loved to have a peer supporter throughout my early recovery!