Caroline Best had spent nearly half her life in and out of prison. Looking at the picture below, we can see the astonishing transformation of Caroline after healing from her drugs addiction. Caroline grew a habit of shoplifting to buy her addiction to cocaine and heroin.
Her addiction had caused her heart to start failing and doctors would not operate until she was free from drugs.
PC Stuart Toogood reached out to Caroline and offered to help her get her life back together.
She attended a rehab facility followed by an intensive help, she now lives in a sober house. On August 27 she celebrated 12 months clean.
“Thanks to Stuart Toogood, I’m now a productive member of society and I thank him for helping me do something I couldn’t do on my own,” she said, according to a statement released by West Midlands Police.
Since starting her journey to recovery, Caroline has worked alongside PC Toogood to offer the same kind of help she received to other offenders.
For a year, Caroline has remained sober and out of prison.
Caroline isn’t the only one who has benefited from the police’s program.
“Our Offender to Rehab Programme has so far successfully placed nine prolific offenders into rehab,” PC Toogood said.
Those who have completed the program have either gained full time employment, volunteered their time for organizations, or enrolled in continuing education programs.
Currently, there are four people who are in treatment and there are several more who are being assessed for placement within rehab.
PC Toogood noted that the community has benefited from this unique program. Not only are people improving their lives, but the community has seen a decrease in crime.
As for Caroline, she no longer needs surgery on her heart because due to her drastic change in lifestyle the valve repaired itself.
“I am living proof that we can recover.”
Let’s all congratulate Caroline on her hard work!