Former drug addicts turn over new leaf

2016-10-26 06:00
The participating members of the most recent Anathallo workshop are, in the back, from left, Weldon Mentoor, Sagren Erasmus, Georgia Langford, Lester Stevens and Lucius Hufkie (facilitator). In front, from left, are Ignacio Schneider (programme writer and presenter), Christopher Moss and Jillian Williams. Photo: SUPPLIED

The participating members of the most recent Anathallo workshop are, in the back, from left, Weldon Mentoor, Sagren Erasmus, Georgia Langford, Lester Stevens and Lucius Hufkie (facilitator). In front, from left, are Ignacio Schneider (programme writer and presenter), Christopher Moss and Jillian Williams. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A GROUP of substance abusers in the Gelvandale area have been given a new lease on life recently after attending the Anathallo 10 Step Recovery and Life Skills Impartation Workshop.

The programme, written and presented by Ignacio Schneider, aims to assist substance abusers towards recovery and restoration. It couples biblical principles with experience of substance abuse and formal rehabilitation.

Schneider himself was a substance abuser for 12 years.

The first workshop, which started on October 10, was attended by Weldon Mentoor, Sagren Erasmus, Georgia Langford, Lester Stevens, Christopher Moss and Jillian Williams.

“The visible change in the attendees after merely days was amazing. From scruffy to clean-shaven, from sagging shoulders to heads held high, the change of heart has become apparent on their exterior,” said Schneider.

Facilitator Lucius Hufkie commented that Anathallo focuses not only on the physical and emotional effects of substance abuse, but mainly on the spiritual aspect. Abusers do not only damage their bodies, but they lose self-confidence and hope.

“These substances erode the good from every area of an abuser’s life,” Hufkie continued.

Extensive media coverage in the first week has sparked the demand for more workshops, particularly in other parts of the Northern suburbs. Therefore, subsequent workshops will be held as follows:

. At the West End Community Centre, from October 24 to 28

. At the Booysens Park Community Hall from October 24 to 28

. And at the Harvest Christian Centre in Jacksonville from October 31 to November 4.

All workshops are held from 8am until 2pm daily. The cost of the workshop is R500 per participant, inclusive of all learning material and catering.

A call is being made for sponsorship. “Not everyone who expresses interest in the programme can afford it. We appeal to our communities to support the initiative and in doing so, help put a life back on the right side of the tracks,” said Schneider.

For more info or to register, contact Ignacio Schneider on 073 302 7666.

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