If you are struggling with alcohol or other drug use, remember – you are not alone. Watch these New Zealanders share their stories of drug use, including why and how they decided to change. These are their journeys.
It took a lot sacrifices for Rachel to change. But with lots of support she has made it through to the other side. With the bad times behind her, Rachel is determined to rebuild relationships that were damaged when she was entangled in drugs.
"My passion for music was kind of going down, and that's when I knew, like, will I ever get it back?" It took more than one wake up call for Dylan to realise he had to change. Now, even when he faces hard times, he has the resources and support he needs to stick to his guns.
Finding his way out of alcohol and drug use gave Matthew a new thirst for life. It meant a lot of changes, including moving on from friends and leaving town for a while. It also meant getting to the bottom of why he turned to drugs in the first place.
When she was in her teens, Maddy's drug use got out control after a family tragedy. Realising the people around her didn't actually care about her led to her decision to change. Maddy has put in lot of work to get on top of things, but she wouldn't have it any other way.