Mum Lisa Clutton, 44, from Hoxton, hadn’t worked since 2017 when she posted (Image: Mylondon)
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An ex-drug addict jailed around 11 times for shoplifting has found a job hours after putting out a plea on social media in a bid to turn her life around.
Lisa Clutton found employment just five hours after her post – which amassed more than 200 comments and 300 likes – went live and resulted in multiple offers.
The 44-year-old, from Hoxton, in east London, took a chance by sharing her struggles on Islington Community Facebook group on Monday, including revealing she hadn't worked since 2017.
The mum-of-three, originally from Wrexham, said at the height of her addiction she was forking out at least £200-a-day on crack and heroin, having started using drugs aged 11, reports My London.
Lisa said: "I never went a day without a substance in my body ever and if I did I weren't very pleased. I was angry, I was kicking off.
"I found heroin and I went full pelt on that. I was 19 when I first went to prison, my crimes increased, the drugs increased, I started being ruthless.
"I started robbing hand bags in town, I was dipping old women, my crimes were through the roof.
Lisa had been jailed 11 times for shoplifting before turning her life around
"I've been to prison about 11 times for shoplifting. John Lewis was one of my favourites. I once took a 50 inch TV from Currys. I would just go in with a big trolley and come out with it."
Lisa said shoplifting and robbery would fund her addiction, which left her homeless and sleeping under bridges, in cars and crack dens.
After going to prison in 2010 for supplying drugs, she was able to get clean and enter rehab upon her release at the end of 2011.
After almost six years clean and working to support others addicted to drugs and alcohol, Lisa relapsed.
She said: "I ended up picking the drugs up. I found it really hard get back into full time recovery."
Lisa found herself back in old habits – again shop lifting to fund her drug addiction only two weeks away from the six-year anniversary of being clean.
It took a chance message from an old flame to help Lisa build her life back up again.
"I met Mark eight years ago when I was in recovery," Lisa said.
She added: "I met him on Flirtomatic. Basically we met each other on there, he ended up coming to Wales. We dated for about 10 months but we only saw each other about six times.
"He said to me about living in London but I had teenage children and they’d only just got their mum back. They were brought up by my parents.
"When we split up after that 10 months, I knew I let a good man go."
Two years ago, however, Lisa said she received a Facebook message from Mark seeing how she was.
They rekindled their relationship and she made the decision to move to London – a choice she said saved her life.
Lisa said: "I moved from Wales to Hackney. I had to stand tall or I was going to die.
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"I've been in London just over two years. I did start going down the wrong road but my partner is normal, he works, he's had the same job 11 years, he fell in love with me.
"He’s encouraging me to change, he was a big factor to me being clean. He was someone I saw was worth changing for.
"He's never been in trouble in his whole life with police."
Lisa has been drug-free now for more than eight months and was due to start a new cleaning job today (June 29), just over 24 hours since posting on Facebook.
On landing the role through social media, Lisa said: "I was overwhelmed, I was shocked. That just proves there's nice people out there.
"I've been in that group for a while since I moved to Hoxton. I've been watching it for five to six weeks. It seems like a nice community, a close knit group.
"I wondered if there’d be anyone out there and I took a chance.
"I want to get my own place, I want to get a mortgage. I just want to be a normal person, and have my own garden and pets."
Lisa also said she hopes to have her own business one day designing gardens.