In the late 80's Kelly started using “party drugs". Cocaine and speed helped her while studying at University, and working part-time. She had made various attempts to get and stay "clean".
Kelly was one of the first people to travel overseas and trial the "rapid detox" program and then a pharmacotherapy program. Kelly's recovery attempt on this occasion received some publicity. The twelve months following this attempt, Kelly describes "…as the worst twelve months of my using. The pharmacotherapy program stopped the physical addiction, but didn't address the issues of why I was using. I had no counselling or therapy," she said, “and all the while I was secretly using cocaine, speed and alcohol, whilst living the lie that I was clean.”
Kelly decided she needed rehabilitation and entered a "work based" program, which she nearly finished before "busting". She then realised she needed counselling and a "more spiritual aspect" to her recovery. In January 2000 after four years of "trying to get clean," Kelly entered a rehabilitation centre. After eight and a half months of intense rehabilitation she left to continue her path of recovery.
Today at 29 Kelly is close to twelve months clean. She can see a future for herself and has a sense of what she wants to do and of worth in the community. Kelly says, "Before I came to the rehabilitation centre I was definitely ready to change my lifestyle. It has been hard and challenging and I am grateful to the rehabilitation centre for helping me."
Another year has passed since this article was written. Kelly is still clean and abstinent from all substances and has spent the past year working part-time. Since leaving the rehabilitation centre, she has pursued a deep interest in Yoga, and a few weeks ago began a year-long Yoga Teacher Training Course. Her life continues to develop and flourish, and she remains expressly indebted to the rehab and the lessons she learned there, and has since built upon.