Sexy and sober: CT woman on mission to remove stigma of addiction

A recovering drug addict from Cape Town is on a mission to remove the stigma attached to addiction.

Fiona has been living in the Mother City for the past 7 years, after coming to South Africa from England for rehab.

She set up Sober & Sexy in a bid to challenge some of the misconceptions surrounding addiction and recovery.

I wanted to portray a more positive side to addicts in recovery. I think there's a common misconception that we're still craving [for drugs] and relapsing, or that we're still using. So I wanted to show that we can be happy and that you wouldn't be able to tell that we were once addicts.

Fiona, founder of Sober & Sexy

For the past two years Fiona has used her love of photography and passion for recovery to put together calendars featuring local addicts posing naked.

Being naked shows we have nothing to hide and that there's no shame about being in recovery.

Fiona, founder of Sober & Sexy

The money raised from the sale of the calendars goes to Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre.

To find out more head to http://soberandsexy.co.za or follow them on Twitter @soberandsexyza

Listen to Sara-Jayne King chatting to Sober & Sexy founder Fiona


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
There's no shame in taking a break from booze, says sobriety advocate

There's no shame in taking a break from booze, says sobriety advocate

Non-drinkers should be proud of themselves, says sobriety advocate Janet Gourand. She offers advice on how to stay sober.

Former Eldos drug user opens up about losing her kids and getting clean

Former Eldos drug user opens up about losing her kids and getting clean

Gugs Mhlungu spoke to a former drug addict and the department of social development about the scourge of drugs in communities.

CT's Open Book Fest was a hit (and bestseller Sara-Jayne King has the receipts)

CT's Open Book Fest was a hit (and bestseller Sara-Jayne King has the receipts)

Book people are a tribe, we are drawn together by something inherent in all of us, says 'Killing Karoline' author Sara-Jayne King.

"Porn addiction similar to that of heroin mixed with cocaine"

"Porn addiction similar to that of heroin mixed with cocaine"

While watching porn may be fun and stimulate sexual feelings it has real consequences, says author and teacher, Brad Huddleston.

Chris Hani's daughter reflects on getting sober and writing tell-all book

Chris Hani's daughter reflects on getting sober and writing tell-all book

Lindiwe Hani opens up about her road to recovery from her drug addiction and the journey to writing 'Being Chris Hani's Daughter'.

Recovering addict Melinda Ferguson weighs in on the dagga judgment

Recovering addict Melinda Ferguson weighs in on the dagga judgment

The author shares insights based on her experiences as a recovering drug addict with John Maytham.

Popular articles
If all goes as planned, there will be no load shedding this week - Eskom

If all goes as planned, there will be no load shedding this week - Eskom

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says there will be no load shedding this week as Eskom looks to get back to normal.

This video doorbell let's homeowners check on the front door from their phones

This video doorbell let's homeowners check on the front door from their phones

On Technobyte this week the traditional doorbell goes hi-tech, Uber wants to fly you and Google is launching an AI lab in Ghana.

[WATCH] Eusebius Mckaiser: I call BS on Malema's racism targeting Indians

[WATCH] Eusebius Mckaiser: I call BS on Malema's racism targeting Indians

Show host Eusebius McKaiser says EFF's leader Julius Malema's comments on Indians are grossly unacceptable and irresponsible.

[WATCH] Portuguese commentator goes wild over Christiano Ronaldo

[WATCH] Portuguese commentator goes wild over Christiano Ronaldo

Check out the latest tweets and social posts on What's Gone viral with Khabazela...

[LISTEN] State capture crippled our economy - Pravin Gordhan

[LISTEN] State capture crippled our economy - Pravin Gordhan

Minister of Public Entreprises Pravin Gordhan explains the condition of state owned enterprises and the changes he is making.

WCED objects to education dept making history compulsory

WCED objects to education dept making history compulsory

MEC of Education in the WC Debbie Schäfer says South Africa doesn't need more historians but children should be economy savvy.

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Stage 1 load s​hedding has been declared nationally. The City of Cape Town has urged residents to take note of the schedules.

Man who dumped body of family dog in street demoted at top JHB law firm

Man who dumped body of family dog in street demoted at top JHB law firm

Media law guru Emma Sadleir warns employees online that there are many potential events that could bring a company into disrepute.

Don’t earn much? How to best invest tiny amounts...

Don’t earn much? How to best invest tiny amounts...

Earn peanuts, but want to start investing? You can now buy even tiny fractions of a share at a time. And it's very simple!