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“I gave up everything for drugs; eventually, drugs will always win” – former addict who overcame his addiction

A 34-year-old man, who two years ago overcame his drug addiction, has described his experiences as a result of his drug abuse. Today he says that drugs are never the solution and urged people to choose their friends carefully.

On the International Day Against Drug Abuse, Dissett met with a number of people who have managed to overcome their addiction.

He described how he started taking hard drugs for the first time at the age of 14 and ended up paying a bitter price. He stopped playing his favourite sport and also lost his job. Drugs led him to even steal from his loved ones.

“At the time I didn’t realise. At that time if you tell me not to do something, I would do it. As soon as I used to hear about a drug I used to try it. I remember that at the age of 12, 13 I started smoking weed. At the age of 14 I took ecstasy for the first time.  Then I slowly stopped playing football and chose to just take drugs”.

He said that when he was young he used to hide his drugs and his relatives never realised. However, drugs are not something you can keep secret and his family eventually realised. “Eventually, drugs will always win and take everything away from you. I gave up everything,” he said.

During the interview he describes how he used to sustain his drug habit and what led him to follow the rehab programme at Caritas.

Watch the full interview here:

This interview will be shown tonight on Dissett after the 8pm news.

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