Drug addicts speak out

2017-06-30 06:01

SIPHELELE NKETO

siphelele@media24.com


AS many young people celebrated Youth Day events last Friday, many were hustling to get money to buy drugs.

The Fever spoke to young addicts in Twistville in Kokstad, who said drugs have destroyed their lives.

A 17-year-old youngster said he dropped out of school because of his addiction. He said he was introduced to drugs by his school friends and then he dropped out of school.

In October last year, he was taken to a rehabilitation centre in Port Shepstone, where he managed to get clean. He said when he returned to his old school he was exposed to drugs again by his friends.

“I received guidance about changing schools and friends, which I listened to. Now I am doing computer studies in a Kokstad school and trying my best to stay away from drugs.”

Another young addict, Austin Jasson (20), said when growing up he did not like drugs, but after trying them once with his friends he became addicted and is now struggling to kick the habit.

Ashtin Gouws (22), said he finished matric in 2015, but when he could not further his studies, he had to stay at home and was introduced to drugs by his friends.

Although he found temporary work in Kokstad, he resigned after a couple of months because of his addiction.

“If I didn’t start using drugs I would be a better person today. Drugs have destroyed my life, and as a result I don’t even like myself.”

He said drugs make him do terrible things, like lying and stealing and warned young people not to start using drugs.

Kokstad residents Morgan Pienaar and Dolly Bihl formed a NPO - Untwist - that assists those who are trapped in the drug world in the area.

Pienaar was a drug addict many years ago, but has been clean for five years. “Drug addiction is like an incurable disease that takes time to heal. To get healed you need to be busy and change your environment and friends.” He said the high rate of unemployment, poverty and peer pressure are some of the reasons why people get into drugs.

Bihl said if she gets funding she can help many young people who are batting addiction and said that more sports activities are needed to keep them busy and away from drugs.

AS many young people celebrated Youth Day events last Friday, many were hustling to get money to buy drugs.

The Fever spoke to young addicts in Twistville in Kokstad, who said drugs have destroyed their lives.

A 17-year-old youngster said he dropped out of school because of his addiction. He said he was introduced to drugs by his school friends and then dropped out.
In October last year, he was taken to a rehabilitation centre in Port Shepstone, where he managed to get clean. He said when he returned to his old school he was exposed to drugs again by his friends.

“I received guidance about changing schools and friends, which I listened to. Now I doing computer studies in a Kokstad school and trying my best to stay away from drugs.”

Another young addict, Austin Jasson (20), said when he growing up he did like drugs, after trying them once with his friends he addicted and is now struggling to kick the habit.

Ashtin Gouws (22), said he finished matric in 2015, but when he could not further his studies, he had to stay at home and was introduced to drugs by his friends.
Although he found temporary work in Kokstad, he resigned after a couple of months because of his addiction.

“If I didn’t start using drugs I would be a better person today. Drugs have destroyed my life, and as a result I don’t even like myself,” he said wiping tears.

He said drugs make him do terrible things, like lying and stealing and warned young people not to start using drugs.

Kokstad residents Morgan Pienaar and Dolly Bihl formed a NPO - Untwist - that assists those who are trapped in the drug world in the area.
Pienaar was a drug addict many years ago, but has now been clean for five years.

“Drug addiction is like an incurable disease that takes time to heal. To get healed you need to be busy and change your environment and friends.”

He said the high rate of unemployment, poverty and peer pressure are some of the reasons why people get into drugs.
Bihl said if she gets funding she can help many young people who are batting addiction and said that more sports activities are needed to keep them busy and away from drugs.

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