16 people including two women, whose ages range between 20 – 55, have completed a drug rehab programme and taken part in a graduation ceremony to celebrate their success.
The ceremony, which had as its theme, ‘Wirt ta’ Mħabba’ was presided over by President George Vella, who presented certificates to the graduates.
Caritas direction, Anthony Gatt, said that society should do everything it can to strengthen the family and not be afraid of discipline which stems from love. He said that a threat to the family as the basis of society is a threat to the collapse of our society.
Mr Gatt expressed his wish that there will not be the possibility of legal access to cannabis for recreational use.
The Director said that last year there were 738 people who knocked on Caritas’ door because of substance abuse. He said that for the first time in its history, Caritas is seeing that the number of people asking for help because they are cocaine addicts is larger than those who are heroin addicts.
President Vella said that this celebration is a small recognition of the continuous journey to a better life. Dr Vella paid tribute to the perseverance and determination which the people who have graduated from this programme have shown, and continue to show, to take back the reins of their life. The President appealed to the Maltese population to implement a policy of inclusion so that people will no longer be dependent on drugs to feel part of society.
Archbishop Charles J Scicluna said that we would be deceiving ourselves if we call some type of drug ‘ recreational’, because there is nothing recreational in something which destroys you. He added that we are living in a society where a culture is growing where no one wants to take responsibilities for his actions, however he said that these students who have graduated are understanding that the voice of love helps them to accept the consequences of their choices.