I am sorry that you are no longer able to afford a solicitor to represent you at court. It may be that this response is after you have already been to court and, if so, I hope that things went well for you. Unfortunately, it was not possible to provide a response before now.
It is great that you will be getting support from an organisation that can provide you with support at court. As far as the court proceedings are concerned, the court is now very used to having litigants in person, that is a person representing themselves so do not worry, the court will give you an opportunity to tell the judge what you want to say. This might be orally or in a written statement.
You do have to think about any evidence that you have to confirm that you are drug free for example, if you attended a rehabilitation service, get them to confirm that you attended and for how long and how well you did.
If you sister is saying that you are still taking drugs she will need to have evidence to back up what she is saying. Has she seen you worse for wear at contact or otherwise? The court will not necessarily take her word for it. Judges, are experienced in dealing with these cases and can often see through what is not quite right.
Private law proceedings do not fall within our remit, so please contact Coram Children Legal Centre on 0300 330 5480 as they can advise you more about the court process. They also have a number of advice sheets relating to private law proceedings on their website
which you may find helpful.
I hope you find this information helpful.