Sue started taking pills and drinking when she was just 11 years old, older kids giving out 'treats' to her at the school gates. By 13 she had her first hit of heroin and this carved out the path for the rest of her life. Mother of 5 children, she was unable to live a normal family life and left her home to come to London where she became homeless, leaving her children in the safe care of her mother. As Sue approached the end of her life, she spoke more and more frequently about wanting to move back to her family and renewed her resolve to go through rehab. But she was held by the fear of the emptiness she would face should she put down the bottle. Never having lived in adult society without dependency on drugs and alcohol, she was terrified at the idea of facing up to deep seated traumas that have partly come about because of her vulnerability due to her dependency.

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