Andrea was a wealthy, successful, loving mother. At 40, she became addicted to ice
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The Community Ice Action Team, made up of Jose and five other reformed addicts,
has been launched on the Coffs Coast. CEO of the Australian Anti-Ice Campaign
Andrea' Simmons visited Coffs Harbour for the launch. Photo: Kyle Hands Media
AFTER 13-years of ice addiction Jose Porcia had lost everything. He had become homeless between stints in jail, committing petty crimes to support his addiction - a long fall from grace for the university-educated former finance worker. Jose said it was back in 2003 when he had a thriving career in Sydney that a friend had first offered him the drug. The selling point was that it was the drug for "successful people", something the friend claimed would boost the then 33-year-old's creativity and performance at work. But his spiral into addiction was quick, and within two weeks Jose said he was chasing down a dealer. "My career was taken away from me because I tried the drug once. All my education and everything I had learned didn't matter anymore," Jose said. "It took everything away from me one by one, including my family.
A new Walk Against Ice event will be held in Cairns as part of the Australian Anti Ice Campaign’s launch into Far North Queensland.
The Combined Rotary Clubs of Cairns and the Cairns Chamber of Commerce have partnered with AAIC for the event.
The Rotary Clubs have also provided direct financial sponsorships towards the cost of AAIC’s High School Anti Ice Education Workshops, which are scheduled to re-commence in Far North Queensland high schools this week.
The workshop presenters are all people like AAIC founder and chief executive officer Andre’a Simmons, who have recovered from methamphetamine (‘ice) addiction.
Read the full article at https://www.2gb.com/former-origin-player-kevin-campion-joins-anti-ice-campaign/ or listen below.
Andre'a Simmons speaks on the ABC Radio Adelaide Drive show hosted by Jules Schiller.
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