Sharing a story of addiction

2019-03-05 06:00
The launch of Lavender Hill Healing from Addiction.

The launch of Lavender Hill Healing from Addiction.

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Locals from Lavender Hill co-authored a book so that they can tell their journey with addiction and help others.

The book titled Lavender Hill Healing from Addiction was launched at the New World Foundation in Lavender Hill on Thursday 28 February.

This is the second book done by the organisation which works with locals.

Their first book Women Surviving Lavender Hill was a huge success. It was co-authored by women who told their stories of abuse.

In the new book seven women and a man, who are now clean, tell of their experience and the effect of being on drugs. They want to warn others not to go down the same road.

Kim Pillay, the writing course trainer at New World Foundation says, “this book comes out of a year writing project facilitated by myself with the participants.”

“Lavender Hill is a community ridden with gang violence, drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence and the list continues. Hence, I thought it was only a natural progression to have community members write on addiction as the previous book Women Surviving Lavender Hill was on violence experienced by women,” she says.

A total of 80 people from all different backgrounds attended the launch. “It was definitely a resounding success as all writers presented very well and didn’t let their nervousness get the better of them. When the audience interacted with the writers, the common comment was ‘we salute each of you (the writers) today’ and ‘more people should hear about your book especially people who are going through issues of addiction’. Some of the audience were friends and family members and they could give testimony to the healing process they saw their child or grandchild experience,” says Pillay.

In a previous interview with People’s Post, one of the authors, Aldrige Brickles said: “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.

Co-author, Daneline Henry says, writing this book made her realise what a privilege it is to still be alive. “It made me look back and see how I actually was robbed from my youth growing up in a house and a community that’s addicted to so many substances. Through my experiences of almost being shot and smoking ‘dagga’, I learnt a lot, which I can teach my three-year-old. I want to share my life with others to inspire and show that anything is possible if you just believe,” she saysV To get the book call New World Foundation on 021 701 1150


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