After many failed attempts at self-help the CYPSA message of hope and restoration reached me while I was living on the streets due to my self-imposed exile from my loved ones.
Because of drugs I had hurt and broken so many people’s lives, especially my family.
I grew up with my grandmother in Durban as my mother passed away when I was 3 years old.
Finally, I was on the brink of committing suicide – the thought had crossed my mind more than once…
?Because of drug abuse, alcohol and my involvement in crime, I ended up in prison and joined the gangs in prison.
I SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION AND BECAME COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON ALCOHOL…
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I started smoking dagga (marijuana) and then various other drugs while I was in high school. I was rebellious and became involved in crime in order to feed my drug addiction, and finally dropped out of school in grade 10.
After finishing school I went deep into a lifestyle of drug abuse for the next 5 years. I ended up living on the street, eating out of dust bins, and I once went without bathing for about three months.
The problem started when I enrolled at tech. I met up with new friends who introduced me to smoking dagga, cigarettes and drinking alcohol. I ended up failing my first semester…