Looking at Julie McAddock with her beautiful family of four children, you would have never guessed that only eight years ago she was a junkie living only for her next fix.
She grew up as an ordinary girl, until some bad decisions lead her down a dangerous road.
“At 12, I started going off the rails. I was drinking, smoking and getting suspended from school. I hated myself, had no self-confidence and felt out of place,” she said.
She started drinking heavily at the age of 13, and became pregnant at 15 years old.
“At 13 and 14, I could not go a day without alcohol and I started smoking hash. I did awful things and if I woke up and remembered what I had done, I would drink again in a bid to forget,” she admitted. “At 15, I found out I was pregnant with Zoe. I managed to stay clean for a while but it wasn’t long before I was back on the Valium so it’s no surprise that at 17 I was pregnant with my son Marc.”
When she was 16-years-old she was homeless and addicted to Valium. By the age of 18 she was injecting heroin and contracted Hepatitis C, and she felt like her life wasn’t worth living.
For many this is where the story comes to an clear-cut end. For Julie, she was able to come back from this hellish existence.