Saying no to addiction

2015-09-29 06:00
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Paul Smit.

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WORLD renowned addiction counsellor Paul Smit will be hosting Addiction Awareness Community Event at Hillcrest High School on the 15 of October and the community is urged to attend.

According to Smit in this fast paced ever changing world there are many if not most who pick up addictions to relieve themselves from the day to day pressures that surround them only to find that they did not escape pressure, they in truth added to their problems.

“Addiction does not mean that one is just using substances, it means that one has formed a habit of repeating the same behaviour over and over again to their detriment,” he said.

“Apart from substance abuse, addictions can include over-eating, narcissism, pornography, social networking, gaming, under-eating (controlling body image), excessive sleeping, excessive exercise, shouting / controlling (the need for constant drama), bullying, cutting (self harm), embellishing the truth out of a need to be accepted. Physical abuse often follows these addictions as well as crime when it comes to using intoxicants.”

Smit said that when one looks at this list one discovers that most are addicted to self-sabotaging behaviours.

“Homes and families are indeed suffering and children are the benefactors often carrying the legacy over to their generation. Children as young as 11 are now becoming addicted.”

He added that addiction is without doubt a community problem. Rehabilitation facilities are often full and those who cannot afford treatment suffer in silence often unable to change their practiced behaviours, continuing a spiral downwards.

“When there is one addict in the family, the whole family can and often does fall apart. A time has arrived when we the community needs to gather knowledge and pass wisdom so that we may best help each other create a new way of tackling the day to day problems that exist within homes and our personal lives.”

Key note speaker for this event is Paul Smit (International Author, inspirational speaker, co-founder of One Legacy Works and founder of Intention1111.)

Guest speakers include Mark Hardwick of The Guardian (Specialist Child Abuse investigator.) Const. Andile Mbhele (Social Crime Prevention) an SA CAN representative (National 24/7 One stop shop for any emergency anywhere anytime.) Tarren Coetzee of Body and Mind and Christannette de Kock Center Manager for Chesthill Manor Drug Rehabilitation Centre.

Entertainment for the evening has been provided by Megan Dutton of Motion Dance Company, Janice Joseph of RBT Music, Samantha Landers and Tammy Saville of Country Girls and Sensei Gareth Crowe and his Karate Team from SHIN-GI-TAI Karate Academy.

Sponsors for the event include Jaguar Land Rover Hillcrest, Intention1111 and Body and Mind.

For more information regarding the event you can log onto or contact Paul Smit 071 569 2611

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