Ex-addicts here to help
Former methamphetamine users are putting themselves on the street to help others.
Members of the recently formed Tauranga branch of the Anti P Ministry will hold a stall in Te Puke tomorrow to offer information, support and advice for addicts and their families.
Kelly Taylor is a former addict who will be on the stall. She says members have already been to Greerton and Mount Maunganui.
The goal is to be somewhere for anyone who wants to, to have a chat. She says some people don’t like to approach clinicians who have just studied methamphetamine and its use.
“They feel they’re not being understood. I think it’s a lot easier speaking to someone with experience. It’s one addict helping another.”
There will be resources available including information on rehabilitation centres and programmes as well as information on Narcotics Anonymous meetings.
Parents of addicts or who have concerns are also welcome to visit the stall.
“There are signs they can pick up on, what [P] does and how behaviours might change.
“We can advise on how parents can do their part, because it is frustrating being a parent — you can’t tell them to stop — the addict needs to hit rock bottom and the family needs to understand that the only way they are going to get out is if they want out.
“With us being addicts ourselves, we can share with them what our experience was like with our parents and give them a bit of understanding about what you can and can’t do.”
Kelly says her motivation for being involved in the Anti P Ministry is to show others they can get clean if they want to.
“I understand the pain that people go through. I’ve had my own trials and tribulations and I understand turning to drugs and alcohol is the easy option to stop that pain and hurt on the inside.
“For a long time I was trying to figure out what was wrong with me — but I didn’t really know where to turn . . . I want to give back really. I’ve gained so much from being clean.”
The stall will be outside the Post Office between 11am and 1pm.
Anti P Ministry Tauranga branch members Nichole Paul, left, and Kelly Taylor will have a stall in Te Puke tomorrow.