Ex-ad­dicts here to help

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER news@tepuke­times.co.nz

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.

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