It's never easy to pull yourself out from a dark place, especially if you feel you've hit rock bottom.
But Halle Tupuivao did just that and left behind homelessness, drug abuse, and a violent relationship to live a life worth living for her three children.
Now, she's in law school and running her own organisation to help the vulnerable in her South Auckland Community.
Halle spoke to The AM Show.
Watch the video.