My name is Kay and I’m a grateful recovering addict. I started using from the age of 16, feeling different from everyone else I started using to fit in. Cocaine, cannabis and alcohol were my go to most days. I had my first child at 18 and struggled as a young mother by 27 I had 4 children and struggled to be emotionally available. In 2018 my using took off due to losing my dad, I started using crack and heroin.  Within months I’d lost my children my home and done things I never thought I was capable of.

I came into recovery in 2019 not knowing how to be myself I got caught up in drama and gossip and sent myself out the door when it all came back to bite me.  I went on an 8 month relapse having had a taste of recovery my using was not the same I entered into a dry house again just before the second lock down in 2020 and really knuckled down came slowly came off my methadone, went to college and started a bit of volunteering.  I promised myself I would never go back and I remind myself of that promise everyday.  I have 1 of my children back in my care and am working towards getting the other 3 home.  I follow a 12 step program and have a sponsor and good support network.  I help teach others about addiction/recovery.  My life is so far away from what it was it’s like looking back at someone else’s.  Anyone can change there life with the right help.


  1. Mandy

    Hi Kay
    How inspirational to hear you very moving story , and now in recovery and on your way to living a fulfilling life . All good wishes to you , keep strong and positive !!!

    • Lauren Howlett

      Thank you Mandy for being so kind to leave a comment.

  2. Christopher brock

    What an inspiration our kay is to all the females and mums. I have got to know Kay and she is a beautiful human being. She is working her programme in all areas of her life to give herself and her children the best possible life they deserve. Keep doing what your doing and keep doing You!!

    • Lauren Howlett

      Thank you Christopher for comment. Hopefully it will inspire others! Wishing you well.

  3. Stuart

    Kay I’ve seen your journey amazing I now where you come from and your far away from that place your a dear friend keep it up love ya xx

    • Lauren Howlett

      Thank you very much for your comment, hope you are well.

  4. Bruce

    I’ve had the pleasure of starting this journey with you in that dry house and all through my relapse/relapses you were a shining light for me Kay mountains of love and respect for ye your the best mate I never expected to find down here xx

    • Lauren Howlett

      Thank you for commenting.

  5. Emily

    Wow Kay, your amazing.
    Your recovery is an inspiration to so many and gives hope to all, even those already in recovery to keep going and to keep striving for success.

    Keep going Kay we love you!

    • Lauren Howlett

      Thank you for your comment.

  6. Lorraine Champion

    Kay, I only knew a little bit of your story from the times we have met. You will be an inspiration to other mums who have been separated from their children because of addiction. You’re not only doing a brilliant job in your recovery but passing the message and hope onto others. Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s working 🙏

    • Lauren Howlett

      Thank you very much for this comment.

  7. Blair Kirksey

    *Can I just say what a relief to find someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant believe youre not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  8. Denis Ellcessor

    Thank you for this nice post and wonderful read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff your upcoming blog posts…

  9. Rubin Feigenbaum

    I do agree with all of the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for newbies. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  10. Mitchel Gradillas

    Helpful post and great sharing. A couple of things in here I haven’t thought about before, I would like to take this moment to say that I really like your blog. It has been a fantastic resource of information for me. Thank you so much!

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