Let’s ac­cept back those who quit al­co­hol so they can re­form, fam­i­lies, so­ci­ety told

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Many peo­ple who have stopped abus­ing al­co­hol and nar­cotics suf­fer from re­jec­tion in so­ci­ety, an agency, Hope for the Fam­ily, has said.

Chair­per­son Hellen Gichuki said such peo­ple need psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port be­cause some dis­cover they ru­ined their lives. Speak­ing on Wed­nes­day at Kwambira mar­ket in Limuru sub­county, she urged so­ci­ety to ac­cept them back so they can re­cover. Gichuki led a group of 25 former al­co­holics in clean­ing up the mar­ket in prepa­ra­tion for the Mashu­jaa Day cel­e­bra­tions.

The former drunk­ards said their fam­i­lies never took them se­ri­ously when they quit tak­ing al­co­hol. Maryanne Nyam­bura, who has been tak­ing il­licit brew for more than 10 years, said so­ci­ety looks down upon them.

“Fam­i­lies must demon­strate they have ac­cepted back their mem­bers for so­ci­ety to fol­low suit. This helps in com­plet­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion,” Gichuki said.

/GE­ORGE MUGO

Hope for the Fam­ily chair­per­son Hellen Gichuki (with shovel) leads former drunk­ards in a cleanup of Kwambira mar­ket on Wed­nes­day

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