Talk 2: Addiction – Life in the shadows

Talk 2: Addiction – Life in the shadows

The problem:

Forget everything you thought you knew about drugs. Nothing can prepare you for the havoc caused by Nyaope and Crystal-meth, Anabolic Steroids, CAT or Liquid Ecstasy. South Africa has 9 million citizens that are addicted to something. Drug lords are targeting younger and younger children. Why are young people so easily persuaded to start using?

It doesn’t matter which drug you try, even if it’s only once – you have to know you’re playing with fire. The stuff you’re smoking, sniffing or shooting up is going to hit your brain with the force of a lightning bolt. And even after you’ve stopped, these drugs may have scorched the delicate tissue of your brain and changed you into a monster, capable of the most horrifying acts of violence. From the height of ecstasy to the depths of hell. As quick as a flash. Then brain damage for the rest of your life.

Nyaope, Crystal meth, Cough medicine, marijuana and alcohol are substances that are disrupting the lives of young people. Self -harm is a coping skill that can become an addiction and it has become a trend among young people, especially girls.

A solution:

Our talk includes the following:

  • What exactly the drugs contain, their effects and what happens when you stop using.
  • We talk about why it seems an easy choice for teens to start using
  • How you get roped in by dealers
  • What the effect is on your brain.
  • We differentiate between behavioral and substance addiction.
  • We explain why self-harm becomes addictive and give alternative options as coping strategies.
  • A live demonstration of the solutions MOBIEG offers will also be done. It includes a free on-line  counseling service for young people.
  • We offer an online support group free of charge.
  • We offer an  affordable, easily accessible online Recovery from Addiction Program, for people who can’t afford private rehabilitation clinics and who prefer to go through rehabilitation privately. Not all addictions warrant in-patient treatment.

For more information and to book talks:
Claudina Hafenscher