Drugs and addiction in South Africa and especially within the Indo-South Africans is an unspoken issue and over 60% of crime in South Africa is drug-related. In today’s episode, Rajan travels to South Africa to meet Gerald Moodley, a former narcotics addict who has experienced their damaging side effects and now, 8 years in sobriety, he speaks of his remarkable road to recovery and his advice to others suffering from substance abuse. It is a raw, courageous account of life as an addict and the gift of a new start.
In South Africa, the impact drugs have on the South Asian community is immense but not something we openly talk about. Alcoholism has almost become normalised yet narcotics is misunderstood and blamed on the evil eye or curses.
Whether in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Soweto, Durban, Pretoria or small towns around the country – South Africa as a whole is facing a major problem with drug abuse. The United Nations has named South Africa as one of the drug capitals of the world and some officials believe that the current drug problem could be a much larger problem for the country than the AIDS epidemic.
When you’re addicted to drugs, you can’t resist the urge to use them, no matter how much harm the drugs may cause. Many people don’t understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will. Drugs change the brain in ways that make quitting hard, even for those who want to.
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