2020 is the year to seek help for substance abuse

03 Jan, 2020 - 00:01 0 Views
2020 is the year to seek help for substance abuse


Mthandazo Ndlovu

We witnessed the countdown of the close of the year 2019, but not all of us witnessed it, some were heavily intoxicated with drugs, alcohol and substances of abuse, and they could not even remember their names or what date it was. 

Some due to the effects of some of the drugs they had been taking like the cough mixture, crystal meth and many of these emerging drugging cocktails they prefer, lost their sanity and because of the “ku-sticker” effects of the drug they lost count of what time of the year it was as some of these substances knocked them off for almost three days and so they spent much of the last day of 2019 and first day of 2020 in a “coma”.

As we begin a new year it’s time to make a choice and the best choice you can make is staying sober. 

Life’s greatest moments are enjoyed while one is sober, whoever says they are enjoyed while drunk is lying to you.

The end of the year 2019 is a critical moment for you to take stock of your life! While you’re not really addicted, perhaps you’re not really motivated to get fully sober. 

Before things go any further, you need to take stock of your circumstances now. One of the ways people finally break with addiction and go to rehab is when they look at the person they have become, the things they have already lost — and they no longer want to live that way. 

Then they find a rehabilitation programme or ask family to help them.

Desire to be sober in 2020, you have the chance to do that now, before you are tormented by the consequences of drug alcohol and substances of abuse which include being locked in prison for use of illegal substances, or mental hospital as drugs affect the mind or worse your death bed because of some of the illnesses and diseases related with drug alcohol and substance abuse.

It will take remarkable honesty to look at what you have lost already and where that path will inevitably lead you. 

Many people have made this examination and decided to get clean on their own. 

Really look at the condition of those who have been using drugs or drinking longer or harder than you — perhaps the people who sell you drugs. What have they lost? What shape are they in? Do you want to be like them?

If you need it, get some support. Ask your closest sober friends, girlfriend or boyfriend or spouse, or family. Talk to your pastor if you are a member of a church. It’s almost certain you will have to leave drug-using friends behind at this time.

The rewards will be worth it.

Make 2020 your year of soberness 

– Mthandazo Ndlovu is a Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation Specialist, Addictions Counsellor, Adolescent Counsellor, Professional Counsellor. For help and more information call or WhatsApp +263772399734 or email [email protected] and join the Rechabites in creating drug free healthy and productive society.

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