A 29 year old man who is recovering from drug abuse has appealed to the government to consider rolling out a program to enable recovering addicts get their lives back on track.
Speaking during a national event to commemorate International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Ndumberi grounds in Kiambu County on Tuesday, Ernest Kuria said the government should empathize and fund a health bill to enable some of them manage decayed and lost teeth occasioned by drugs.
The recovering addict from Ting’ang’a location narrated to the attentive crowd about personal struggles with alcoholism that almost took away his life.
He said he knew some of his friends who had recovered from drug abuse, but they had already lost their valuable teeth which changed their looks.
A spot-check by KNA found out that Kiambu Level 4 hospital charged Shs.1, 300 to replace a lost tooth.
Kuria, a former university drop-out where he was studying actuarial science, regretted that he got addicted to alcohol to a point that he even started stealing from his mother to fund his drinking habits.
I once stole Shs.100, 000 which I drank alcohol in only three days, he told the stunned the congregation with his frank revelation.
The young man told the congregation that he had unknowingly lost weight from 47 to 39 kilogrammes which was very dangerous for his age.
He paraded his wife whom he said he now treated like a queen, since she was the only person who stood by him, after friends and families disowned him.
He told those attending the function that alcoholism was a disease that required a lot of support for the victims to disentangle themselves from, but unfortunately, most families abandoned their kinsmen afflicted by the drink at the hour of need.
Kuria, who was lucky to have been selected to enjoy a ride aboard the Madaraka SGR train when it was launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta on June 1st this year, thanked the government for the rare opportunity.
He further said the government should reserve some job opportunities for people who had recovered from alcoholism, so that they were kept busy not relapse into the habit.
Kuria said many more young people from his village were hooked to drugs and called for the government to work with grassroots leaders to identify and assist them.
Source: Kenya News Agency