Tracey came to The Salvation Army's Bridge and Reintegration programmes to get support with her methamphetamine problem and her transition to life in the community after prison.
Tracey experienced an early life filled with upheaval, which led her to seeking comfort and connection in a secondary family—the Mongrel Mob.
Her involvement with The Salvation Army Bridge, along with The Salvation Army Reintegration Services, led to many key breakthroughs which changed her life.
“The programme and its recognised alcohol and drug treatment, Māori tikanga, and inclusion of whānau was just what I needed, at the time I needed it.
"We were given support and guidance throughout, from both The Salvation Army staff and the gang whānau, who were all so understanding."
With sheer determination and courage to overcome the many challenges that she has faced in life, Tracey has gained a new sense of strength, self-love and connectedness to others.
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*All names and identifying details have been changed in this story to protect individual privacy. Stock images are used in all recovery stories. The Bridge would like to thank our tāngata for being brave and generous in sharing their stories. We wish them all the best for healthier and happier lives.