Former drug addict, an inspiration

2016-07-01 06:00
Denroy Ruiters, happy to be drug-free. Photos: Siphelele Nketo

Denroy Ruiters, happy to be drug-free. Photos: Siphelele Nketo

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DRUG addiction is a problem for thousands who struggle to quit and end up with nothing.
Denroy Ruiters (33), of Kokstad took almost three years to quit drugs and now is a good example to those who are trapped in the drug world.

Ruiters now encourages and inspires Kokstad people to stay away from drugs.
He told Fever he had been using all types of drugs for more than 16 years.

However, in 2011 he stopped using drugs in order to take care of his three children and girlfriend and spent almost­ R35 000 on rehabilitation centres­ to get his life back on track.

“I started by selling dagga, but because of the pressure I received from my friends I smoked it. Later I moved to Mandrax, cocaine, whoonga and tik. “My life was messed up, and without bathing I was not respected by my family­.

“One day I chose to quit after my girlfriend decided to leave me.”

Now Ruiters travels around Kokstad holding sessions trying to rescue young drug addicts.

“I know young people who use drugs and I encourage them to attend my sessions. There is life after drugs, it’s easy to get into drugs, but it’s difficult to quit.”

There are 12 stages to go through when quitting drugs. Ruiters finished 11, which included accepting that he had an addiction problem. He also gave his life to God, he dealt with morals, confessed to people that he had major troubles as an addict, changed his character, and is now a child of God.

He is now busy with the last stage, which is rescuing people from addiction. He blamed elderly, especially parents­, for using alcohol in front of children, which is the main cause of drug use by young people in Kokstad, he said.

Last Sunday a group of nine rehabilitated young addicts were welcomed by the community of Kokstad after being saved from addiction by a Kokstad NPO, Untwist.

The NPO sent 14 drug addicts to a rehabilitation centre in Port Shepstone, however, only nine returned rehabilitated, the other five dropped out during the course.
Founder of Untwist, Dolly Bihl, said drug addiction among the young people of Kokstad is extremely high.

“I established this NPO two years ago to help young people to get out of drugs. I have seen that in Kokstad there is no group or centre that works with young people to assist them to get out of drugs.

Bihl called on schools and churches to participate in programmes that help people who are on drugs.

Community Policing Forum secretary­, Mbona Meth, welcomed the initiative of removing young people from drugs and called on parents to talk to their children about the dangers of drugs.

“We not only face high drug use in Kokstad, alcoholism, especially over weekends, is high. Teachers must warn young people to stay away from substance abuse.”

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