Overcoming drug dependency is no easy feat. Those who manage to do so, whether it is under their own steam or with a support network, have shown great resolve. It is one thing to feel an urge to leave an illicit drug habit in the past. But acting on that urge and having the discipline to break the habit once and for all is another thing entirely. Today, Albany mother of two Penni Harris has bravely shared her story of hope after overcoming a meth dependency. As she put it: “Stopping is actually the easy part — it’s the not starting again that’s the hard part”. We know illicit drug use is one of the major drivers of crime. But at the root of that crime is a mental health issue. We know drugs can tear families apart in all sorts of way. These substances, particularly methamphetamine, contribute to untold anguish in our community. So to those who have overcome their dependency — we salute you. What an incredible effort. And to those who feel an urge to leave their drug use in the past — we are behind you. You deserve all of the support our community and Government can give you. As Ms Harris says, the journey out of drug dependency might not be an easy one to make, but the destination is worth it. “It might seem daunting and it may be hard work but every day away from being a meth user, your life gets better and better, and you can rewrite your story,” she said.