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Incredible pics show transformation of mum of two who was addicted to alcohol, prescription pills and spending

A MOTHER-OF-TWO who downed a bottle of wine and prescription pills ever night has revealed how she turned her life around — and now coaches others to overcome their addictions.

Rene Claire, 32, was addicted to painkillers, alcohol and shopping for years, but managed to hide her dependency from co-workers, friends and family.

Now in a bid to help others, she hopes sharing her story will encourage others to find hope in their individual situations.

"I had quite a bit of trauma in my childhood — I experienced sexual abuse and was longing for love," she told Daily Mail Australia.

"I had love around, but I created a story in my head I wasn't enough."

Renee said she started to mix alcohol with pharmaceutical medication "to numb the pain of not being enough" when she was in her early 20s.

She explained how having a bottle of wine and one or two tablets each night quickly became an addiction.

But after she met her now-husband at the beginning of 2012, aged 24, she fell pregnant.

Renee said the news was an initial "catalyst to change" as she was forced to stop using the substances while carrying.

She added: "When my baby came it didn't make me feel content or happy.

"I still had the longing, not feeling I was enough."

When my baby came it didn't make me feel content or happy

Renee Claire

Her daughter and husband quickly developed a great relationship and Renee Claire began to fall back into her old habits.

A compulsive shopper, Renee Claire also racked up debt with her shopping addiction.

"For about an hour it would make me great, but then the feelings of not being worthy or not being enough would come back," she recalled.

"I continued this cycle until I fell pregnant with my second."

In a crossroads, she sought the assistance of a coach and despite the hardships and hasn't looked back since.

"Looking at my behaviour, I knew I needed to do something to help," she concluded.

"I realised it was all about me not being enough, not being worthy.

"For 28 years, I thought I was not good enough."

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