Kylie grew up with an addict/alcoholic mum and suffered the trauma associated with her unpredictable behaviour. Moving a lot in her primary school years left Kylie as a bit of an outsider and she started drinking alcohol, then smoking dope and using drugs from around 13 years old. By 16, after 3 years, her friends were telling her she had a problem with drugs but she thought better. Kylie’s mum found Alcoholics Anonymous then Narcotics Anonymous and now their roles were reversed. After many rehabs and years in and out of NA, it was losing her children to foster care that motivated Kylie to get serious about recovery in NA and she now has 15 months clean.
David had a pretty normal and caring family but four of his six siblings became addicts or alcoholics. He was bullied as a child and started inhaling butane and lighter fluid around 11 years old. By 13 David was drinking and smoking weed and that quickly progressed to an IV heroin addiction at 17 and amphetamines at 19. Drugs and crime led him to prison, rehab and NA but he struggled to stay clean. After a major car accident he wanted to kick the habit and get clean in his last rehab and he plugged back into the NA fellowship and has been clean for 6 months.
If you have a problem with drugs of any kind, you can call the Narcotics Anonymous helpline on 1300 652 820 or 0488 811 247 or go online at na.org.au.