A Melbourne woman has shared her 16-year-battle with an ice addiction in order to inspire others to change.
The now 30-year-old known as Sarah told the Daily Mail that she had been addicted to drugs since she was 13.
Sarah described her teenage years as a whirlwind of living in needle-strewn squats and daily hits of ice and GHB.
GHB is Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, known as liquid ecstasy and the side effects can include drowsiness, amnesia and impaired movement and speech, as well as more serious symptoms of agitation, unconsciousness and respiratory collapse.
The former addict said that at her worst, she couldn't go "more than four to five hours without GHB".
Sarah said her tumultuous youth had seen her make several suicide attempts, and also included violent encounters and a stay in a psychiatric ward.
“By the age of 13 I was drinking vodka regularly and chroming fly spray daily to try to numb my emotional pain. I just wanted to escape,” she said.
"By 14, I was addicted to speed and ice. But I used anything and everything to escape reality."
Sarah said that at age 17 she was able to "get clean" for years 11 and 12 of high school.
One of the central realisations about her addiction came at the end of 2013 when Sarah, weighing a measly 41 kilos hit rock bottom.
"My body was yellow and I had bruises all over my arms and legs. I was so weak, I could barely stand and hold my own body weight," she said.
"Of all the moments in my 16 years of being hooked to ice, I knew this was it. I knew I was about to die a junkie."
You can watch Sarah explain how to feel better in five minutes below. Post continues after video.
Sarah was admitted to a hospital unit that day and began the first day of her inspiring path to recovery.
The path was littered with lessons but one that stood out was her own realisation that her issue was not drug addiction but addiction in general.
"I don't blame "ice" or "GHB" for my past. I have a history of addiction, and in my experience addiction is a disease of relationships ... Recently I have learned that ice and GHB were just symptoms of addiction," she said.
"I became addicted to food and gained 35kg. I also became a compulsive shopper. Learning what was beneath the urge to fill the void in my heart has been a huge lesson for me."
The former addict now uses her story as a way to help and inspire others to manage their addictions.
Sarah has begun a Facebook page that reaches out to addicts - current, former and recovering- to offer hope.
The page not only reveals snippets of her own life but also offers strong motivation others.