Amazing photos show how a drug addict and a criminal, 36, changed her life after doctors gave her only 12 months to live
- Caroline Best, 36, looked twice as old after a life of drugs and prison
- Last August she went to intensive rehabilitation and now lives in a dry house
- She has had no drugs for 12 months and said she & # 39; the living proof & # 39; of recovery
- Now Caroline helps other drug addicts to turn away from crime
These beautiful pictures show how a drug addict productive thief changed her life – after only 12 months to live.
Caroline Best, 36, from Birmingham looked like a woman twice her age after a drug and prison life.
Her addictions to crack and heroin had caused her heart to fail and doctors would not operate until she was free of drugs.
But PC Stuart Toogood from Erdington, Birmingham, the district police team decided to help the former shoplifter.
Caroline Best as an addict to heroin and crack. The once productive female thief and drug addict is now unrecognizable from her police mugshot
Last August she went to a rehabilitation center where, after intensive help, she now lives in a dry house and is cleaning for 12 months today.
Now Caroline compensates for the help she received – by helping other drug addicts turn away from crime.
She said: & # 39; Thanks to Stuart Toogood, I am now a productive member of society and I thank him for helping me to do something that I could not do on my own.
& # 39; I am living proof that we can restore. & # 39;
Caroline has spent the last 15 years in and out of prison and is now crime free and supports PC Toogood to work with other perpetrators to get them out of a life of crime.
Only 12 months ago (left), Caroline, 36, she was told that she had a year to live after her addiction caused heart failure, now she is fit and healthy (right)
And luckily she no longer needs heart surgery because the defective valve repaired itself, thanks to its healthy lifestyle.
PC Stuart Toogood from the Birmingham Neighborhood team added: “Our Offender to Rehab program has so far successfully placed nine productive offenders in rehab.
& # 39; Of the five who completed the program, one has a full-time job at Timpson, two have volunteered for the Birmingham Mind charity and completed adult education courses.
& # 39; They have also been ambassadors for WMP, presented at various business conferences to enhance the program and its benefits for business.
& # 39; And two people are in aftercare in dry houses, one should go to work quickly, while the other is about to attend adult education.
& # 39; Four other people are currently being treated and are doing well. Several others are currently being evaluated for rehabilitation placement.
& # 39; This has resulted in a huge reduction in shoplifting in and around the & # 39; s North and East of Birmingham, as many offenses were committed by a core group of perpetrators.
& # 39; We certainly see an advantage in this new approach. & # 39;
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