A book of healing

2019-01-22 06:00
Aldridge Brickles.

Aldridge Brickles.

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Experience is the best teacher and armed with that, a Seawinds resident wants to help others make better life choices.

Aldridge Brickles has co-authored a book with other locals in the area called Lavender Hill; Healing from Addiction.

He says this is his life story and he wants to inspire others to make better decisions and not fall into a life of drugs like he did.

“It is a story about my life – a life of drugs that almost destroyed me – and I want to tell others that even without expensive rehab facilities, if one makes up their mind that they want to leave a life of drugs they can do it,” he says.

Brickles says that for about 15 years he was hooked on drugs.

“I started smoking dagga, then moved to tik and then went onto even other stronger stuff. I was only 15 and the next 15 years of my life were all about drugs. It affected me a lot and I saw no good in me except that I had to do drugs and that was my life. It destroyed me, I failed in everything,” he explains.

He says his life changed for good when he saw an advert in the newspaper calling for people who wanted to leave their life of drugs behind and write a book about it.

The writing course was being offered by New World Foundation in Lavender Hill.

New World Foundation is a non-profit organisation that focuses on community development in Lavender Hill and surrounding communities on the Cape Flats.

It facilitates development and supports the people and the communities of Lavender Hill, St Montague Village, Hillview, Seawinds, Vrygrond/Capricorn and Cuba Heights, Military Heights, Village Heights and Overcome Heights

He then joined the foundation and he and other people shared their stories which have now been put together in a book.

The book is being sold for R100.

“This has changed my life. When you are doing drugs you don’t see the impact at that moment. It is only later that you realise that you just led yourself to ruins.

“My aim is to share my stories with others so that they don’t fall into the same trap as I did,” he says.

“I decided to share my story because I know that it can change someone’s direction. There is a lot that happens in our communities and people must know that whatever they are going through, someone else has gone through it as well and some came out of it alive. All you have to do is search for help and be willing to be helped,” he says.

He has been clean for over a year and he keeps himself busy at a nearby NPO. “My life has changed as I help at a non-profit organisation close to my house teaching children to read and [play] music. I hope people can get the book and read my story and other stories in there and see that it is possible to heal from addiction. There are people that are willing to help you but you must take the first step,” says Brickles.V To purchase a copy call Aldridge Brickles on 063 654 0485 or contact New World Foundation on 021 701 1150


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