Drug addict turned life around after being told baby would be taken

From drug-addicted beggar to inspirational blogger: Mother turned her life around after doctors said her baby would be taken from her if she didn’t

  • Azaria Faver, from Edinburgh, became addicted to drugs at just 15 years old
  • She was doing 20g of heroin a day, smoking crack, and begging on the streets
  • But when she discovered she was pregnant she vowed to turn her life around
  • She is now living with her partner and their baby, blogging and has a place at uni 

A woman who was addicted to heroin and spent her days begging on the streets is now a happy and healthy mother of one – and credits her baby for changing her life.

Azaria Faver, from Edinburgh, turned her life around after discovering she was pregnant with Bella Caledonia, five months old, and now spends her time at mother and baby classes – and she even has a place at university to study social work.

Ms Faver, who became addicted to drugs at just 15 years old, also writes a blog called From Heroin to ­Homemaker in a bid to inspire other addicts to get clean. 

Azaria Faver, from Edinburgh, turned her life around after discovering she was pregnant with Bella Caledonia, five months old, and now spends her time at mother and baby classes

At her worst she was doing 20g of heroin a day and was also smoking crack. She would wake up not knowing who she was, or where she was.

And so she and her partner Alex Adair, 40, were shocked to discover she was pregnant last April. Because of her health and drug addictions they had assumed she would not be able to have children.

When she visited a GP practice for the homeless the doctor told her she was indeed pregnant – before adding that the baby would be taken into care the minute she gave birth.

This proved the catalyst for a shocked and upset Ms Faver, who immediately vowed to get clean. 


Ms Faver and her partner Alex Adair, 40, (both pictured) were shocked to discover she was pregnant last April. Because of her health and drug addictions they had assumed she would not be able to have children

She told The Daily Record: ‘I came out of the appointment in tears. No way was that going to happen. I registered for a programme straight away.

‘It was so hard and, at times, I was tempted to go out and buy a bag of heroin. I have been using drugs since I was 15. It has been something I have always done. The lure of another fix was strong and I thought about it every second of every day but I managed to stay strong.’

As she had been using heroin for so long she was put on methadone – and was delighted when she had a ‘really easy’ pregnancy.

Bella arrived on December 11, 2017, weighing a healthy 6lb 14oz.

Ms Faver said: ‘From the minute I held her in my arms I knew I would never go back to my old life and I haven’t thought about drugs since. My dosage of methadone is getting lower and lower and it won’t be long before I’m completely off it. I don’t want my daughter to think a daily trip to the chemist is the norm.

‘Alex is a brilliant dad, he dotes on Bella. We met three years ago through the drug scene. He stopped using too as soon as he heard I was pregnant.

‘Social work were so impressed with how we have turned our lives around, they did an early review and removed Bella from the Child Protection register. 

‘Alex and I have a beautiful daughter, a home and a future to look forward to. It could all have been so very different.’         

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