When I was 15 I realised I was gay. At the time, I felt robbed. I felt like I would never have a family and kids or a normal life.
Back then I was too young to understand that being gay didn’t mean the end of the world. I was confused and struggled to make sense of my feelings.
I started experimenting with drugs when I was 16 and I soon found that I could use them as a form of escapism.
My habit spiralled out of control and I became addicted to substances like cocaine, amphetamines and ketamine.
I lost three years of my life to drugs; now I want to share my story to make sure young people are aware of the risks before they begin experimenting.
With Fixers I've made a film to show that it's not just heroin and crack that can ruin your life; recreational drugs are dangerous too.
I would like to thank Laura Philipson from Laura Rose Makeup for being the make-up artist for my film.
A blog about my experiences and Fixers campaign was featured on the Huffington Post's Young Voices section.
You can read it by clicking here.
Me and my friends want young people to know that calories aren't the enemy!
Shak & Natasha
Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.