Recovering alcoholic turns over new leaf

2016-07-14 06:00
PHOTO: precious gumede Mthetheleli Langa with his NPO registration certificate from the Department of Social Development.

PHOTO: precious gumede Mthetheleli Langa with his NPO registration certificate from the Department of Social Development.

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RECOVERING alcoholic, Mthetheleli Langa (30), of Harding seeks assistance from the community, businesses and organisations as he wants to help others fight their addiction.

Langa has been clean for five years after being discharged from Sitholimpilo Rehabilitation Centre in Murchison in 2011.

Langa is currently working as a teacher and has worked on campaigns with the Department of Social Development giving talks about alcohol abuse.

He is a family man with children and a fiancée.

He said his inspiration to open a centre come from the guidance he received at rehab.

“It is my wish to open a rehabilitation centre so I can pass on the messages and teachings to those who need help to fight drug and alcohol addiction. I give talks to many youth on how to stay clean,” he said.

Langa said due to his addiction he lost many things.

“I started drinking alcohol when I was young - from 1998 until 2011. It was so bad I lost everything I had - my car, money and I nearly lost my job, until one day I realised I needed help.”

One of the lessons he learnt was that for one to get help you have to admit you have a problem.

“After admitting you need help you realise that the decisions you have been making are not good and it all goes back to your circle of friends. So with all that I decided to change my circle of friends and keep myself busy,” he said.

Langa says he has a lot to share, especially with the youth because there is still a chance for them to change their mindset.

He said it disturbs him to see young people hooked on alcohol and drugs not realising how bad it becomes.

He said he understands that people expect him to be a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, but coming from a rural area he has no access to an AA group.

Langa has a certificate from Department of Social Development certifying that his non-profit organisation, Vusizwe Rehabilitation Centre, is registered. All he needs is a small cash injection and donations towards it.

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