Former Sex Worker Who Had £400-A Day-Drug Habit Reveals Incredible Transformation
A sex worker who once had a £400-a-day drug habit has completely turned her life around and looks completely different.
When Kayleigh appeared on Channel 4's Skint, the 28-year-old was living off a daily mixture of m-cat, heroin and crack cocaine. She started using drugs when she was just 18 and was forced into prostitution to pay for her addictions.
Five years later, she is unrecognisable and now volunteers in admin for Addaction - an organisation that helps other addicts deal with their own issues - wanting one day to become a recovery worker for them.
In Skint, Kayleigh revealed that her three children had been taken in to care, but she said the show turned her life around.
Speaking to Grimsby Live, she said: "I had lost my life through addiction, lost my children, lost my home and lost my dignity.
"That was until I met the girls from Channel 4. They took me under their wing. I visit a rehabilitation centre and I have never looked back."
The show offered her a six month residential programme at a rehab centre in Sheffield. Grabbing the opportunity, Kayleigh then worked with Foundations - a drug and alcohol treatment agency for two years. She says she is still friends with the two producers of the show, Cath and Emma.
She's now working towards her new career goal.
She continued: "It is okay for people to go to university and read all about it.
"But for me it was real life. I can sit with a group and discuss problems and the coping strategies. It is all about talking a lot and letting go. It is a therapy."
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Kayleigh was filmed between 6pm and 6am on the programme, where viewers saw her working on the streets and living in a hostel.
"I was a broken," she said.
"I was a working girl.
"They came to me and asked if they could do some filming.
"I had just come out of hospital with deep vein thrombosis and I was looking for help from anybody."
Kayleigh worked hard to beat her addictions, and has now been reunited with her three daughters - she has also found happiness with her new partner, John.
She says she has stayed completely clean since leaving rehab.
She explained: "I used to be in a world where you could easily pick up drugs on just about every street corner in Grimsby.
"You could bump into someone and they could get whatever you wanted. It will still be going on.
"But I do not see the drug rings because I am blind to it, so I do not see it. I choose to turn a blind eye.
"I have found a new confidence."
Featured Image Credit: Channel 4/Skint