At one point, not too many years ago, Nadia Lockyer seemed to have it all. She sat on the Santa Ana School Board, married Democratic powerhouse Bill Lockyer, ran for and won a seat on the Alameda Board of Supervisors, and she started a family.
Her name was bandied about for all sorts of statewide positions. Then came a meth addiction, infidelity, a divorce petition, rehab and a relapse. Her rise and fall was meteoric and it was very public.
Two years sober, Nadia has a perspective that only time and therapy can provide. In their first televised interview together, Nadia and Bill look forward to their future as a family, ever mindful of how fast it almost came apart.
"One hit can take you down. One hit. And it was that quick for me. I thank God that it was short-lived, but that it was one hit and it was fast, and it was hard. The sad reality is, is that the circumstances under which I did use an illegal substance were with a gentleman – or not a gentleman, that’s the last word I’d use to describe him – an individual that took our circumstances for granted and threatened me every single day after that first hit. It became a very difficult situation to get out of,” she said. "The shame and the guilt almost made me feel like I deserved to fall."
You can watch the full interview in the video player at the top of this page.