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MEGAN Jones is proof you can beat ice addiction but admits it is “a constant battle”.
Ms Jones, a single mother of one, used ice for six months.
Just before her son, now four, turned two she was ready to walk out on him and her then partner.
It was then she found the Watershed Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Centre in Wollongong.
“They saved me and my son,” she said.
“That was two years ago and I’ve been clean and sober ever since.”
She said “life is good again”.
“I am back working, I was a chef before all this, have been since I was 17,”said the now 29-year-old.
“I have a house, I’m paying my bills. Life is good again.”
She said battling any addiction is a daily battle.
“I continue to regularly attend NA [Narcotics Anonymous] meetings and have a long-time recovering addict who acts as a sponsor and I talk to all the time,” she said.
“There is support out there to ensure I stay clean.
“But it is a battle – a daily battle. Ice is such a terrible drug, it just gets hold of you and won’t let go.
“You are lost when you are on it. I know people who are still using and they are lost – they have no friends, are withdrawn, they have no lives.
“But it is also important to know there is help out there but the addict must want to change and must want the help.
“Getting help is the key.
“It is a choice and you must choose.
“I was first in rehab when I was 17, and it took 10 years to get me again. I didn’t realise how bad ice was.
“Drug addiction or any addiction is a disease – and like any disease, be it cancer or whatever, you have to treat the disease and continue to treat it.”
Ms Jones is also now studying to become a counsellor so she can give something back to her community.