Help fight an everyday battle

2019-03-06 06:02
Daryl Payne is hoping that he can make a difference in the lives of struggling addicts by building a local rehabilitation­ centre. PHOTO: sourced

Daryl Payne is hoping that he can make a difference in the lives of struggling addicts by building a local rehabilitation­ centre. PHOTO: sourced

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YEARS and years spent struggling with drug and alcohol addiction has instilled in Daryl­ Payne a willingness to fight against the very things that once threatened to ruin his life, and now he is on a mission to create a rehabilitation centre to help others who are suffering.

“I came from a normal family and, like so many others, I got mixed up with the wrong crowd after school and eventually found that I had a problem. After indulging in a fast lifestyle, fuelled by drugs and alcohol, I realised that I had hit rock bottom and that is when I knew I had to make a change,” said Payne, who now runs a business, is the marketing head of the Umgeni Community Empowerment Centre, and frequently goes out to homes where people are suffering from drug and alcohol abuse.

Struggling throughout his adult life with drugs and alcohol, Payne said that he relapsed a few times after deciding to become clean and that is why he understands the need for a rehabilitation centre that will ensure its patients will not revert back to old habits.

“Many people think that once you enter rehabilitation you will be cleansed of your addictions but everyday is a fight and I want to ensure that, even after the rehabilitation programme, the people are integrated into the community holistically and they receive the necessary help and support from its structures,” said Payne.

Payne said that his daily activities include frequently having to go out to people’s houses to intervene with members of families that are struggling with drugs and alcohol.

“I am always on the move and therefore barely have any time to sit down. I am always on my feet, trying to help,” said Payne, who also runs a feeding scheme in various areas of the city.

According to Payne, the proposed rehabilitation centre will be built in Thornville once all funds have been accumulated because of the remoteness of the location.

The centre will accommodate up to 200 people and house them for 21 days, in which time they will receive the best treatment possible.

“I chose Thornville because I want to get these people who are suffering away from the city and to a tranquil place where they can work on themselves without any distractions. I have also got hold of clinical psychologists who are wiling to come on board and assist in the healing process,” said Payne.

Knowing that he will need a lot of resources to see his dream of helping struggling addicts come true, Payne has asked that any business with the means to donate to his worthy cause do so.

“We want to invest in the lives of these people and are asking that businesses invest in this initiative to help our own.

“We need to lift our people up and can only do this with the help of the community,” said Payne.

He added that the proposed costs for the rehabilitation centre stands at roughly R3 million, with plans already underway to secure the venue for the centre.

For those looking to find out more about the rehabilitation centre, and anyone looking to make a donation, please contact Payne at 063 522 5424.

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