It was either drugs or her children ... But her love for her offspring prevailed.Thuraya Abrahams (36) of Heideveld had been on drugs for 16 years when social workers wanted to intervene and rescue her four children from the situation. Abrahams says social workers told her that all her children were going to be taken to a safe space if she continued smoking. Her then 15-year-old son had also started smoking.“I was abusive and putting my habit before them,” says Abrahams.The children were neglected, there was not enough food, and no one cared about the children’s education, she says.After realising what was at stake, she quickly found ways to remedy the situation and decided to quit in early 2018. It was not easy and the cravings were strong, but Abrahams says she would keep busy and ignore the feeling, and it eventually stopped.“I tried rehab and looked for help a couple of times, but I would relapse because my decision was influenced by others and my heart was not in it,” Abrahams says. She added her family tried hard to help with no luck. She regrets the time lost and is now trying to make up for it. She now puts her children, who are between the ages of six and 17, first. She also does casual jobs in her community to earn extra money.Abrahams is also involved in community development. She is a member of street patrols and there has been a positive change in her children’s lives. “They are now happy,” she says.Recalling how she got hooked, Abrahams says things were not going well in her life. She felt neglected and like a failure. Her friends at the time got tired of her bad mood and wanted to make her “kwaai” (cool). They introduced her to drugs and she got hooked. “I would even take loans from people and become rude when they wanted their money. I would shout at people for no reason,” she says. She warns the public not to get lured into the same trap and to always put the needs of their families first.Ward councillor Anthony Moses saw Abrahams at her worst and says he is proud to see the renewed and rejuvenated version, especially seeing her getting involved with community projects.