This Life: Breaking the addiction cycle

The Coolmine Therapeutic Community helps people beat addiction and keeps families together. Now it is looking for help to continue its work, writes Tina-Marie O'Neill

10th August, 2013
Sedonia McAllister: completed the detox programme Photo: Maura Hickey

Gemma* remains calm and dry-eyed as she recounts in horrific detail how she narrowly avoided having her throat slit with a garden shears. She's equally matter of fact as she describes how she grew up in a tragic and dysfunctional home, how she lived on the streets, survived a series of abusive relationships and took to carrying drugs to feed a guilt-fuelled, spiralling drug habit.

It's only when she looks over at her sleeping infant...

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