Beautician reveals how she overcame a 10 year meth addiction

A prolific drug user who overcame a 10-year meth addiction by hitting ‘rock bottom’ and checking herself into rehab has revealed how she kicked her habit.

Chanel Marie Jones, from Perth, Western Australia, started experimenting with drugs when she was 17 before becoming addicted to methamphetamine – otherwise known as ‘ice’ –  at 22.

‘I guess looking back I would say I was feeling lost, unloved, unsure of life, shameful, worried, annoyed, guilty and confused. I was resentful and felt misunderstood,’ she told FEMAIL.

Chanel Marie Jones, from Perth, Western Australia, started experimenting with drugs when she was 17 before becoming addicted to Methamphetamine - otherwise known as 'Ice' - at 22 (pictured left after rehab and right today)

Chanel Marie Jones, from Perth, Western Australia, started experimenting with drugs when she was 17 before becoming addicted to Methamphetamine - otherwise known as 'Ice' - at 22 (pictured left after rehab and right today)

Chanel Marie Jones, from Perth, Western Australia, started experimenting with drugs when she was 17 before becoming addicted to Methamphetamine – otherwise known as ‘Ice’ – at 22 (pictured left after rehab and right today)

The now 33-year-old remembers being arrested by the police in 2017 after they ‘smashed her car windows in and caught her with drugs’.

‘I was sitting at rock bottom. I had many incidents with the police before this and I had had enough,’ she said.

‘I had to ask for help and be honest about what was happening and how I was feeling.’

She looked online at a number of rehab facilities in her area and was accepted into one, finding herself standing on the door of the clinic two days later.  

The now 33-year-old remembers being arrested by the police in 2017 after they 'smashed her car windows in and caught her with drugs' (pictured after an eight week fitness challenge)

The now 33-year-old remembers being arrested by the police in 2017 after they 'smashed her car windows in and caught her with drugs' (pictured after an eight week fitness challenge)

The now 33-year-old remembers being arrested by the police in 2017 after they ‘smashed her car windows in and caught her with drugs’ (pictured after an eight week fitness challenge)

While spending time in rehab helped Chanel overcome her drug addiction, she also gained 12 kilos while her body adjusted to its new normal

While spending time in rehab helped Chanel overcome her drug addiction, she also gained 12 kilos while her body adjusted to its new normal

While spending time in rehab helped Chanel overcome her drug addiction, she also gained 12 kilos while her body adjusted to its new normal

While spending time in rehab helped Chanel overcome her drug addiction, she also gained 12 kilos while her body adjusted to its new normal. 

‘I was determined to make my life better and find happiness… I wanted to feel good in myself,’ she said.

So in 2018, while scrolling through Instagram, a photo of Australian personal trainer  Lauren Simpson ‘stood out’, encouraging Chanel to sign up to her eight week fitness classes online. 

‘This babe was stunning and so fit. I read her caption and she was talking about her fitness challenges and what they involve,’ she said. 

So in 2018, while scrolling through Instagram, a photo of Australian personal trainer Lauren Simpson 'stood out', encouraging Chanel to sign up to her eight week fitness classes online

So in 2018, while scrolling through Instagram, a photo of Australian personal trainer Lauren Simpson 'stood out', encouraging Chanel to sign up to her eight week fitness classes online

So in 2018, while scrolling through Instagram, a photo of Australian personal trainer Lauren Simpson ‘stood out’, encouraging Chanel to sign up to her eight week fitness classes online

While juggling her job as an eyebrow stylist alongside her two sisters Chanel works as an ambassador for Lauren's brand of fitness training

While juggling her job as an eyebrow stylist alongside her two sisters Chanel works as an ambassador for Lauren's brand of fitness training

Chanel, who started at 73 kilos and now weighs 63 kilos, eats five small meals a day and is hoping to compete in bikini competition in 2020

Chanel, who started at 73 kilos and now weighs 63 kilos, eats five small meals a day and is hoping to compete in bikini competition in 2020

‘The first challenge made me feel so good and the results were amazing,’ she said

‘The first challenge made me feel so good and the results were amazing.’

While juggling her job as an eyebrow stylist alongside her two sisters Chanel works as an ambassador for Lauren’s brand of fitness training. 

Her program involves weekly meal prepping – that are all macro counted – five workouts a week and taking regular progress photos to share with the community. 

Chanel, who started at 73kg and now weighs 63kg, eats five small meals a day and is hoping to compete in a bikini competition in 2020.

'For breakfast I love strawberry protein oats with fruit,' she said (pictured)

'For breakfast I love strawberry protein oats with fruit,' she said (pictured)

‘For breakfast I love strawberry protein oats with fruit,’ she said (pictured)

Chanel describes her fitness journey as a way to 'learn to love herself' and it has quickly become her lifestyle

Chanel describes her fitness journey as a way to 'learn to love herself' and it has quickly become her lifestyle

Chanel describes her fitness journey as a way to ‘learn to love herself’ and it has quickly become her lifestyle

‘For breakfast I love strawberry protein oats with fruit,’ she said.

‘Lunch would usually be turkey enchiladas, dinner might be chicken fettuccine and snacks in between meals would be peanut butter with Greek yoghurt, fresh fruit and nuts.’

Chanel describes her fitness journey as a way to ‘learn to love herself’ and it has quickly become her lifestyle.  

‘I have broken down barriers and become physically and mentally strong. Health and fitness can be so empowering,’ she said.

You can follow Chanel’s progress on her Instagram account here

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