Caroline Best was a heroin and cocaine addict and has spent the last 15 years in and out of prison, due to shoplifting to fund her drug addiction.
According to West Midlands Police, in August 2018 Caroline was told she only had a year left to live. As a result of her addiction, the 36 year old’s heart began to fail and the only way to fix it was through surgery.
However, doctors couldn’t operate on her unless she came off the drugs.
PC Stuart Toogood from Erdington neighborhood police team reached out to Caroline and offered to help her get her life together and ultimately save her life.
Caroline entered a rehab program, with the help of PC Toogood, followed by an intensive program. She currently lives in a dry house.
On August 27 Caroline celebrated 12 months of sobriety and being clean.
Since starting her journey to recovery, Caroline has worked alongside PC Toogood to offer the same kind of help she received to other offenders.
“Our Offender to Rehab Programme has so far successfully placed nine prolific offenders into rehab,” PC Toogood said.
Offenders who have completed the program have been able to gain full time employment, volunteer for organizations and also enroll in continuing education programs.
Thanks to PC Toogood’s unique program, people have been able to immensely improve their lives. What’s more, the community has seen a decrease in crime since the launch of the program.
As for Caroline, she no longer needs surgery on her heart. Doctors informed her that her faulty valve had repaired itself due to her drastically improved lifestyle.
“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,” Caroline said, according to a statement released by West Midlands Police. “I am living proof that we can recover.”
Let’s all congratulate Caroline on getting her life back.
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