Teens seek help for drug addiction

2016-07-15 06:00
PHOTO: sourced ‘I smoke whoonga, dagga, mandrax and I want to quit and focus on my future. My life is messed up.’

PHOTO: sourced ‘I smoke whoonga, dagga, mandrax and I want to quit and focus on my future. My life is messed up.’

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IT’S easy to get into drugs, but it’s difficult to get off them, this according to young Kokstad drug addicts.
Fever journalist attended a two-hour session with Kokstad drug addicts, who are seeking help.

Former drug addicts, Kumarin Govender, Morgan Pienaar and Denroy Ruiters, have started a programme to help young people get out of drugs under their organisation, Untwist, an NPO that works with drug addicts.
Every evening Govender, Pienaar and Ruiters meet with more than 20 young people and teenagers to try to help them to return to a normal life from one of drug slavery.

During the session prayers and inspirational words are delivered to drug addicts by Govender, Pienaar and Ruiters.

“I was one of the worst people when I was trapped on drugs, but today I am free. To get out of drugs you should show respect, humbleness and be remorseful to the people you have sinned against,” said Govender.

According to Ruiters, young people are bunking school because of drugs.
“Drugs are destroying Kokstad and young people commit crime because of their addiction.”

A 17-year-old, who wants to get out of drugs, said it’s easy to get into drugs, but difficult to quit.
“I smoke whoonga, dagga, mandrax and I want to quit and focus on my future. Every night I have to steal to get money to buy whoonga. My life is messed up.”

Another teenage girl at the session said she is living a life of slavery because of drugs and wants to quit.

Princilla Fynn (52), thanked the programme for helping to release young people from drugs.
“My 24-year-old son is trapped in drugs. He told me that every day he has to buy whoonga at a cost of R100. He is not working and last week he was caught stealing in the area to buy whoonga.
“I believe that these former drug addicts [Pienaar­, Ruiters and Govender], will help my son get off drugs.”

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