Life after addiction for Toti Old Boy

2018-04-25 06:01
Amanzimtoti High’s Old Boy, Steve Hamilton signing his debut novel for Donna Harris.PHOTO: supplied

Amanzimtoti High’s Old Boy, Steve Hamilton signing his debut novel for Donna Harris.PHOTO: supplied

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“The hardest lesson for an addict is that the nightmare is never over and the powerful seduction of just one more high never ever goes away,” says Amanzimtoti High’s Old Boy, Steve Hamilton in his debut novel, I want my life back, which was launched recently.

According to Hamilton, he met with death face-to-face three times but was spared.

“I have a lot of criminal records and there are certain areas in the world that I am not allowed to go to, so a book can be sent to places that I cannot reach,” said

Hamilton said that his colourful journey began in grade one when he was offered a cigarette by his friend.

At the age of 15 he already had a criminal record, he was busted by the drug squad for being in possession of an illegal substance and as time progressed, he was pronounced clinically dead three times and was admitted to 11 rehabilitation centres.

Hamilton describes how complex working with addiction is as it cannot be tested and diagnosed. “When you are born we can all be tested for HIV but never addiction, we have to try something before we can be addicted to it,” said Hamilton.

There are many drug motivational speakers that have triumphed through drug addiction but Hamilton’s story differs as his motto is “Drugs are cool but they will kill you”.

The debut author explains how the perception of drugs being “cool” lures the youth to it.

“No one would be doing drugs if there was no perception about it.

“The youth wants to experiment and falls into the trap of it and soon they are bound forever carrying scars of their drug addiction.”

Hamilton said that his drug abuse stemmed from peer pressure: “Peer pressure got me into the use of dagga and my fear to use an illegal substance was broken”.

Hamilton said that, eyes are the windows to the soul, and parents should look into their children’s eyes and they will be able to tell if they are bound by addiction.

“If we look into our children’s eye, we are able to see, if they are not themselves, then there is something is wrong. If we talk to them, we can discover the root of the problem,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton visited Amanzimtoti High School recently to speak about his book and the negatives of drug abuse.

He had founded Narcotics Anonymous in 1986 with a friend but relapsed, although he never gave up . Later on, in 1988, he started helping schools, non-profit organisations and religious organisations with the drug epidemic.

Hamilton’s book is at times harrowing reading, but his story is heartfelt and reaches out to the reader.

Hamilton will be at Kuswag Skool on Wednesday, May 2 at 6.30 pm to share his story and raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse. His book will be available on the day for purchase.

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