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New Zealand meth mum swaps drug habit for powerlifting

A former drug-addicted mother-of-two shared her inspirational transformation after she swapped meth for powerlifting.

Fran Milner, 30, told Daily Mail Australia she hit rock bottom three years ago after getting involved with the wrong crowd and turning to drugs for a ‘pick me up’.

‘The first time I tried it, I was hooked,’ Ms Milner said. 

‘I got so down where I attempted suicide. Using meth made me feel on top of the world.

Fran Milner (pictured), a former drug addict, shared her inspirational transformation after she swapped meth for powerlifting

The 30-year-old told Daily Mail Australia she hit rock bottom three years ago (pictured) after getting involved with the wrong crowd and turning to drugs for a 'pick me up'

The 30-year-old told Daily Mail Australia she hit rock bottom three years ago (pictured) after getting involved with the wrong crowd and turning to drugs for a ‘pick me up’

The New Zealand mother, whose school friends and family members smoke the drug, said she used ice three times a week (left) for two years but is now three years clean (right)

The New Zealand mother, whose school friends and family members smoke the drug, said she used ice three times a week (left) for two years but is now three years clean (right)

‘I felt happy and needed, like I could cope. I hated the dark place I was in. Trapped in my own mind.’

The mother from New Zealand, whose school friends and family members smoke the drug, said she used ice three times a week for two years.

Her partner took out a restraining order against her and was refused contact with her two young children, aged four and two at the time.

‘I had hit rock bottom,’ Ms Milner said. 

‘I was one of those ones where I thought I could control it … it controlled me.’

The drug addict turned power lifter told Daily Mail Australia she became physically aggressive towards her partner, who was forced to call the police.

By then, the 30-year-old knew she knew she had to go to rehab.

After spending nine months at Odyssesy House Whangarei, on New Zealand’s north island, Ms Milner said the staff helped her recover.

‘Their support gave me hope and my wairua [spirit] began to grow,’ she said. 

‘When I got out I had both my children back in my care and I wasn’t going to lose them again.’

The mother-of-two said she put on a lot of weight during rehab which led her to powerlifting (pictured), ultimately turning her life around

The mother-of-two said she put on a lot of weight during rehab which led her to powerlifting (pictured), ultimately turning her life around

Ms Milner said she became physically aggressive towards her partner, who was forced to call the police (pictured when she was addicted to drug ice)

Ms Milner said she became physically aggressive towards her partner, who was forced to call the police (pictured when she was addicted to drug ice)

Ms Milner said she weighed 99 kilograms (left) when she left rehab but got down to 45 kilograms through the therapy of powerlifting (right)

Ms Milner said she weighed 99 kilograms (left) when she left rehab but got down to 45 kilograms through the therapy of powerlifting (right)

The mother-of-two said she put on a lot of weight during rehab which led her to powerlifting, ultimately turning her life around. 

Three years of being clean of drugs, alcohol and smokes, Ms Milner said she almost halved her body weight through powerlifting which became a form of therapy.

‘I went from 99 kilograms to 45 kilograms [and] now I’m 60 kilograms as I put on muscle mass,’ she said. 

Swapping drugs for weights, the 30-year-old can dead lift 125 kilograms, squat 100 kilograms and bench 70 kilograms and said she was 2.5 kilograms off qualifying for the national competition. 

Looking forward to her bright future, Ms Milner, who said she never relapsed after rehab, is training for the New Zealand Powerlifting Federation.

Swapping drugs for weights, the 30-year-old (pictured) can dead lift 125 kilograms

Swapping drugs for weights, the 30-year-old (pictured) can dead lift 125 kilograms

Ms Milner is currently training for a New Zealand Powerlifting competition and said she was 2.5 kilograms off qualifying for the national competition

Ms Milner is currently training for a New Zealand Powerlifting competition and said she was 2.5 kilograms off qualifying for the national competition

'When I look back I think, how stupid was I to put my family through such sh*t,' she said

‘When I look back I think, how stupid was I to put my family through such sh*t,’ she said

‘Hopefully with years to come I’ll make something out of it,’ she said. 

‘When I look back I think, how stupid was I to put my family through such sh*t.

‘Because at that time … I chose meth over my children but then I can look at it like going through all that sh*t made me this strong, had I not went through that I wouldn’t be where I am today.’

The mother-of-two said her partner and herself are building a ‘bright future’ for their two children, now aged nine and seven, with plans to buy their first home and a truck business.

‘I want to inspire those people and give them hope to turn their life around,’ Ms Milner said. 

Taking three years before the powerlifter could share her story, Ms Milner told Daily Mail Australia it was her fitness journey that built her confidence.

‘This isn’t how your story has to end. You can change your path for the better,’ she said.  

'This isn't how your story has to end. You can change your path for the better,' she said (pictured left during her addiction to drugs and right after being three years clean)

‘This isn’t how your story has to end. You can change your path for the better,’ she said (pictured left during her addiction to drugs and right after being three years clean)



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