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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

  5. Shannan Moss
    Shannan Moss

    I didnt know Tash from way back.
    I was however privilaged enough to meet her not long after she got to Brisbane.
    There was so many goals she had that seemed so far away.
    We became close friends and I tried to show her fun things to do without doing the wrong thing She wasn't exactly full of hope from day 1 but I could tell that she had already made the decision that she knew she couldn't do it alone or without putting 100% action and folowed gods path (with the volenteer work, study, church service to others "even helping strangers")
    This stuff all came first no mater what (Especially when it came to her daughter.)
    Gradually she got her spark back and started to get happier by the day achieving goal after goal.
    Less than 3 years later she'd achieved everything she had set out to in the begining, helping many others along the way.
    She's now a mature, respectable, happy and lovely young woman and a spectacular mum who her daughters and friend adore.
    I have 100% confidents, trust and respect in Tash these days.
    If more people were like her the world would be a better place.
    I'd say "keep up the great work" but I know it goes without saying.

  6. Loved reading your story - it is very inspirational. My colleagues and I work with young mums who are in a similar situation to you and we are always impressed by their recognition that they need to do something positive about their lives. You did Tash and that gives us hope for the mums that follow you and make the commitment to walk on God's pathway.

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