Local recovery centre appeals for larger premises

2015-04-08 00:00

THE Panorama Recovery Centre has made an urgent appeal to the municipality for bigger premises after its neighbours complained about parking congestion and intruders.

The centre, which operates from a converted two-bedroom house in the Panorama area near Eastwood, houses up to 15 male drug and alcohol addicts free of charge.

Recently, neighbours have approached the founder, Monty Reddy, and his manager Morgan Govender, with grievances regarding parking and intrusions into their property from addicts who try to escape the facility.

The facility is on the end of a narrow road, with barely enough space for two cars to pass one another, causing a ruckus during visiting hours.

Reddy said he has made numerous applications to the Msunduzi Municipality for larger premises outside a residential area, but has been unsuccessful thus far.

Reddy acknowledged that they have had incidents where some of their patients had climbed over their fence into neighbouring properties in order to seek out drugs or escape.

Apart from this, Reddy also admitted that their premises does not comply with the housing requirements set out by ­Social Development Services in terms of the number of rooms and toilet facilities for their nine current occupants.

Run through donations from the ­public, Reddy said the facility has been operating since 1998 with patients from all over KZN.

One of the patients from Durban, who is a recovering Woonga addict and only asked to be referred to as Alister, said the facility’s 12-point programme has kept him off the drug for almost two weeks.

“Woonga makes you feel relaxed and your mind starts drifting away. All your worries go away but you can’t function without it,” Alister said. “You have to start your day with it or you can’t eat breakfast or do anything else. You get a fever, flu-like symptoms, cramps and body spasms if you don’t have it”.

The centre’s programme is peer-driven, with two discussion seminars and a meeting held everyday.

Patients are required to do all the household chores and take care of the many animals on the premises.

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