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Detox bus took me on a journey to faith

Detox bus took me on a journey to faith

Detox bus took me on a journey to faith

Putting her faith in God was the turning point for Tash and her two daughters.

By Tash

I never knew my dad, and my family life was full of the effects of mental health issues and drug use. I moved out of home when I was 15. My younger (half) brothers and sisters and I were close, but when I moved I lost those relationships.

I had a beautiful daughter when I was 16. When I was about 18, I started drinking heavily and my addiction started. I was already smoking a bit of pot. I was sort of functional; I had a job, I’d look after my daughter, and I was with her dad. But I was drinking every weekend.

When I was about 19, I first used the drug ice. I was a single parent by then. Things went downhill quickly when I started using intravenously.

I was buying ice all the time. I was working full-time but started using heavily and having really bad psychosis. I had nowhere to go and the place I was staying wasn’t suitable for my daughter. My work helped me get a rental, but I didn’t stop using. In the same week, I lost my job, my daughter was taken into care, and I lost my rental house. I was now homeless and living on the streets.

I was just a really bad drug addict; driving around with people, doing deals, and just kind of surviving. I finally got put into prison for a month and that was the best thing for me at the time. I got clean for a month and felt really happy and good.

But then I met a guy and fell pregnant again, and, sadly, I was using ice again by this stage. I got a unit when I was six months’ pregnant and in my head I was going to transform into a mum again, but when my baby was born – another beautiful daughter – she was taken straight off me in the hospital. She went into kinship care with her father’s family.

Life got worse, until I could clearly see what I had done. I jumped on an emergency bus to go to detox in Brisbane. At this stage, I hadn’t handed my life over to God, but from the minute I got on that bus I was at peace. I just trusted that whatever I was going to, had to be better than this.

After a handful of days, the detox had to discharge me. I ended up at The Salvation Army’s crisis accommodation centre, Pindari, and was so grateful to be there. My faith journey started when I got on that bus, but when I got to Pindari some ladies from a church invited me to an event, where I said yes to being prayed for and becoming God’s child.

I went from Pindari to the Moonyah (Recovery Services) centre and I was having contact with my youngest daughter every weekend. I graduated after eight months at Moonyah, then spent another two in transitional accommodation.

I now share-care with the dad of my youngest daughter and I’m building a relationship with my eldest child, too. I finished a Certificate 3 in business administration and I’m studying community services at TAFE. I go to the Salvos’ God’s Sports Arena church every Sunday – they have supported me the whole way through.

I also have a relationship with my siblings again. Like so many areas in my life, God has yet again done what I thought was impossible. There is no way I can deny that God put his hand on me and carried me all the way through this. I made so many mistakes, but I hope that my girls now have a much better future and that God will have his hand on their lives too!

* As told to Naomi Singlehurst.




  1. Becky-Lee Rametta
    Becky-Lee Rametta

    My Natasha ❤ i wasn't there for the start but i was there for the start to the worst of it... You are the most strongest independent women i have ever met. When i see your name or even just think about you. I just think wow. There are no words to come close to how proud I am not only myself but so many others around you.... You are Beautiful and you deserve nothing but the best. Love you forever and a day xoxo

  2. Hey SiStar🌟 When I look to the sky 🌌 I will always think of your story and the unbelievable magic that comes when we open our hearts to the possibility of finding our true hearts desires.

    I so want to send you a big hug right now and tell you that although we don’t share the same story we have a common denominator in the past being addiction....or as I book title I heard called “Chasing the Scream💀!”

    I know how powerful tribe can be in healing but I also know that God is in our hearts always and will give us the strength to achieve our hearts desires if we just open to it💓

    Big things are written on your heart Tash and I know you will achieve all this and more💖

    So if you are ever low just remember that God put a rainbow in the clouds for you🌈

    Keep shining like the beautiful star you are 💫

  3. Tamahra Carpenter
    Tamahra Carpenter

    Good on you Tash. xo

  4. I remember when you came into the rehab. A pretty messed up little lady. I thought to myself " she won't last long".
    Oh how wrong I was. Your story is one of the reasons why I love recovery and it's a true gift to see you grow to where you are today and seeing the relationship you have with your girls.
    You're a strong, inspirational, strong hearted woman, whom I think will go a long way if you keep going the way you are.
    Well done Tash

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