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Former drug addict talks to pupils

PUBLISHED: 19:10 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:16 11 August 2010

A FORMER drug and alcohol abuser is to talk to pupils at Barking and Dagenham schools in a bid to deter youngsters from the destructive lifestyle she once led. Micaela Sharpley will tell students about her lost years of addiction. Micaela, who is wor

A FORMER drug and alcohol abuser is to talk to pupils at Barking and Dagenham schools in a bid to deter youngsters from the destructive lifestyle she once led.

Micaela Sharpley will tell students about her 'lost years' of addiction.

Micaela, who is working in connection with the council, said: "I decided that I wanted to share my experiences to try and stop young people from developing the problems which I did."

Her troubles began at 11-years-old when she started using solvents, drinking, smoking, shoplifting and playing truant.

Although she gave up all drugs and alcohol during her pregnancy at 17, the next 15 years of her life became increasingly chaotic.

During this period she delved with LSD, cocaine, and speed.

But after seeing an anti-drugs leaflet four years ago, and with support from a number of people, she began her recovery: "Although it has taken a while I have never gone back. I feel reborn."

The first school she will visit is Jo Richardson in Castle Green, Dagenham.

Anybody who wants to talk about misuse of drugs and alcohol can contact the Axe Street Centre on (020) 8507 8668, or Subwize for under 19s on (020) 8491 2345.


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