Now drug free for over a year, Nicole says the best recovery gift is the respect of her children.
Nicole and her husband were both on drugs. She lost her job because of her habit, and their nomadic lifestyle was having a negative effect on their two sons, aged 8 and 10.
The family entered our Street to Feet programme and were offered temporary accommation at Siyabonga Africa on condition that they gave up the drugs. Although they had the best intentions, the reality was very tough and they slipped a few time. Nicole's husband didn't make it and went back to the life, but Nicole wanted to change and knew she needed help.
She is so grateful for the support and love she received at Siyabonga Africa, which she describes as, "my safe haven." She underwent therapy at a rehab centre and gradually rebuilt a life for herself and her two boys, free from drugs – working as a cleaner and helping out in the kitchen here to earn her keep.
Nicole and her husband divorced and she lived with her parents for a while, working in our telesales office to earn some money. Recently, Nicole landed a steady job in the 'outside world' and we are so excited for her! It has been a long journey for her, but she is determined to do what it takes to get her boys back and the future looks bright for this young mom and her sons. Nicole also plans to volunteer as a counsellor for a non-proift organisation, where she hopes her experiences will help other recovering addicts find the will power to break free.