My name is Mia de Faoite. I am a recovered heroin, crack and IV cocaine addict. I am also a survivor of prostitution.
Ten years ago, I had a very different life and to the outside world my life would have appeared normal, stable and complete. I had a typically middle class existence. I was the administrator for the first long-stay detoxification unit in Ireland. A responsible position that I held for eight years. I loved my job; it was more than a job to me. It was the one place I felt valued.
My life began to fall apart in the spring of 2003, and I lost it all. My home, my car, my job, my family, my friends, and, worst of all, myself.
Although I will never deny where narcotics and prostitution brought me, I refuse to let them define who I am today, because if they define me, they become me and they are not all I am, for I am now what I actually can choose to become.
I was rescued from the lonely streets of Dublin on 10.10.10 and two and half years on I now sit in the university of my dreams, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth. I am a student of philosophy and social science and an activist for the rights of the sexually exploited; that is who I am.
Mia De Faoite