Nathan Borg is a supervisor at Bayside Transformations after turning his life around.
Nathan Borg is a supervisor at Bayside Transformations after turning his life around. Alistair Brightman

Reformed drug addict and criminal to become chaplain

NATHAN Borg was destined for life as a criminal, having grown up around bikies, gangs and narcotics.

By 18, Mr Borg was already in prison for armed robberies and drug crimes.

At the height of his problems, he blew more than $1000 a day on speed and heroin.

Mr Borg, now 35, has completely turned his life around with the help of a Hervey Bay rehabilitation program, Bayside Transformations.

"My daughter turned one and I thought I'd had enough.

"She was my motivation to give up that life.

"This program has given me a whole new life."

Mr Borg graduated from the Transformations program in March and is now paying it forward as a supervisor of current students.

He starts his chaplaincy course in three weeks and eventually wants to help young offenders who are in prison.

The former addict said he lost everything to drugs but had rebuilt and was enjoying his new life.

"I see my kids now and I'm staying out of jail and staying clean," he said.

He is the third graduate of Bayside Transformations rehab, a church-based, self-funded program for men only.

A women's program is due to start in a few months.

Phone 4194 6621 for more information.



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