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Ex-drug addicts get hitched
Tuesday, 26 Aug 2008
An article from The Star Online.
HAPPY mood prevailed at Drop-in Centre in Kuantan, a half-way house for former drug addicts in Jalan Teluk Sisek, where three former inmates held a joint wedding recently.
It was a proud day for Yusri Mohd Noor, 38, Abdul Rashid Long, 32, and Zulhaimi Ibrahim, 37, as the encouraging turnout of guests showed they were not rejected by society and could lead a normal life.
Yusri and his wife Syazariah M. Yunus, 32, Abdul Rashid and Khairul Fauziah Muhammad, 29, and Zulhaimi and Che Azlina Che Soh, 36, were overwhelmed by the reception organised by their friends consisting of former drug addicts and volunteers of the Drug Intervention Community Programme Pahang (DiC Pahang led by its general secretary Khalid Hashim) and its support group Friends of Pahang Drug Intervention Community (FPDiC).
Among the invited guests were Paya Besar MP Datuk Abdul Manan Ismail, state exco members Datuk Wan Adnan Wan Mamat and Shafik Fauzan Shariff, Pahang Anti Drug Agency director Abdul Ghani Abdul Rahman and Pahang Islamic Affairs and Malay Customs Council deputy president Datuk Wan Abdul Wahid Wan Hassan.
Khalid said the expected turnout of 300 guests had doubled.
“I am touched by the support and generosity of the guests including the VIPs. It shows that the hard work of DiC Pahang has produced a good response and is recognised by the public,” he said, adding that the reception was held in conjunction with the weekly Lepak Positif Programme.
Khalid said it was the first time a weeding was held at the centre since it was launched 10 years ago. Yusri and Zulhaimi are attached to the DiC Pahang support service division while Abdul Rashid is involved in the needle and syringe exchange programme. Khalid said the event showed the public that former drug addicts could lead a normal life when given the opportunity.
DiC Pahang runs a programme focusing on HIV prevention, counselling on kicking the drug habit, care, support and outreach activities. Its members also handle the funerals of those whose deaths are related to drug abuse regardless of religion.
For more information, call Pahang DIC at 09-534 4455.
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‘Don't let the past steal your present’.
“My name is Rosman, I’m 47 years old. I have been abusing varieties of drugs especially Heroin & Meth for the last 30 years. I’ve been to jail for 4 times and Government Rehab Center for 3 times. Even though I really want to quit using drugs, every time after release I could not stay drug free for more than 6 months and relapse back to drug addiction. Today I’m grateful to KOMITED, because this is the longest I’ve stayed drug free. Now I have been drug free for more than 6 years. This is the freedom that I’ve been searching for and I hope I could stay drug free for the rest of my life. My hope is for you to help in this funding, so that many more individual like myself can have the second chance and the opportunity to change their life for the better”.
“Nama saya Rosman, umur 47 tahun. Saya telah menggunakan berbagai jenis dadah terutama heroin dan ice selama 30 tahun. Saya telah dipenjarakan sebanyak 4 kali dan masuk pusat pemulihan kerajaan 3 kali. Setiap kali saya bebas daripada penjara atau pusat memang saya berhajat untuk berhenti. Tapi setiap kali juga saya gagal bertahan dan menagih semula. Terima kasih kepada KOMITED kerana kali ini saya telah bebas daripada penagihan selama 6 tahun. Inilah kebebasan yang paling lama dan saya berharap saya dapat terus kekal bebas daripada dadah sampai bila-bila. Harapan saya adalah supaya anda semua dapat membantu supaya lebih ramai lagi penagih seperti saya mendapat peluang untuk merubah kehidupan mereka”.
“My name is Aiman, I am 16 years old. I like to try new things, curious and dare to challenge. One day, my classmate challenged to try drugs. Upon taking I felt really strange and I don’t like the feeling. After that, I tried again and this time I begin to like the feeling. At the same time, KOMITED came to my school to do prevention program and gave on the truth about drugs. That make me realize that I was at the verge to become a drug addict. I consider myself very fortunate that I heard the message. Thank you KOMITED''.
“Nama saya Aiman, umur 16 tahun. Saya saorang remaja yang berani, suka mencuba dan ingin tahu. Semasa saya berusia 15 tahun, saya pernah mengikut kawan dan mencuba mengambil dadah. Pada mulanya saya marasakan pelik, tapi apabila saya mencuba lagi saya mula sukakan kesan nya. Dalam masa yang sama, saya bernasib baik kerana saya dapat mengikuti Program Pencegahan KOMITED. Baru saya tahu bahawa apa yang saya guna akan merosakan diri saya. Kini saya tahu bahawa jika saya menyalahguna dadah, ia akan memusnahkan hidup saya. Terima kasih KOMITED....
‘Addiction is a family disease. One person may use, but the whole family suffers’.
‘Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on inside’.
“My name is Ana, I am 37 years old. I am a Heroin and Meth users. To support myself, I work as a GRO (Social Escort). Though, I don’t really like my job, I don’t think I have any other choice. Fortunately, I found this KOMITED Drop-in services, here I feeel accepted. I can share my fear, shame and guilt as an addicts. I’m grateful to have KOMITED that accepted me without prejudice or discrimination. I think one day I will change, but for now I need to find some money to support my children back in my hometown. I hope one day I will be able to change ”.
“Nama saya Ana, umur 37 tahun. Saya seorang pengguna dadah heroin dan ice. Untuk menyara hidup, saya terpaksa bekerja sebagai GRO. Sungguhpun saya tidak berapa rela untuk bekerja tersebut, namun apakan daya saya tiada pilihan lain. Nasib baik ada KOMITED Drop-in ini, disini dapat saya berkongsi keperitan dan kesengsaraan perasaan sebagai penagih dadah. Terima kasih KOMITED kerana menerima saya. Saya ada keinginan untuk berubah, tapi buat masa ini saya perlu mencari duit bagi menampung perbelanjaan anak saya dikampung. Saya harap satu hari nanti saya boleh berubah”.
“I am Lia, I’m 12 years old. Before staying here I was very scared. My mom and dad used drugs. After dad was arrested and sent to jail, mom always leave me with grandma. Even when she is home, she is always asleep. After mom was arrested, I was left alone. My grandma sent me here. Now I am happy, I can go to school, I have a lot of friends, I can watch TV and the food here is nice. I am lucky to be here and I wish I could remain here forever”.
“Saya Lia, umur 12 tahun. Sebelum saya duduk di sini saya sangat takut. Emak dan bapak saya ambik dadah. Lepas tu bapak kena tangkap masuk jel. Emak selalu keluar tinggal saya dengan nenek. Kalau dia balik pun banyak tidur aje. Lepas tu emak juga kena tangkap. Nasib baik nenek hantar saya kat sini. Sekarang saya seronok dapat pergi sekolah, ramai kawan, boleh main, tengok TV, makan pun sedap. Kalau boleh saya nak terus duduk sini sampai bila-bila”.
‘Addiction is an adaptation. It’s not you, it’s the cage you live in’.