30 May 2017
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An experiment turned into an addiction

That was when I realised it was possible for one to break free from addiction and I took the decision not to smoke cigarettes or dagga again.

Unable to deal with the pressure from new friends he made at tertiary and at work, John became a dagga and cigarette addict.

This started after he completed his matric and moved to Johannesburg where he lived with his father who spent most of his time at work.

“I made friends with people who smoked dagga at tertiary. I also joined them because they looked so happy when they were high. Then I started smoking when I was alone at home. My father never found me high because he came home late at night from work,” said John.

He studied well and passed his first year. When he was doing his second year, John met friends who had cars and that put him under pressure to drive his own car as well.

“I dropped out and found a job because I wanted to buy a car. I lied to my father and told him I was not going to school because there was a strike for fees at that time,” he said.

He found a job where he worked as an outdoor sales agent, but found it stressful as he sometimes did not reach his sales target.

“My colleagues told me that they smoked cigarettes because it calmed them down. I started smoking with them on tea breaks and soon became hooked on cigarettes,” he said.

John found himself trapped by two addictions, dagga and cigarette. His work contract was terminated because of his poor performance.

“One of my friends was already a member of the Universal Church and he invited me to the church. At a service, a pastor offered a prayer for people who battled with different addictions and I knew I needed that prayer. He encouraged us to attended the spiritual treatment services. That was when I realised it was possible for one to break free from addiction and I took the decision not to smoke cigarettes or dagga again. I asked God to give me strength in my new journey of salvation. I also joined the Youth Power Group and was later baptised in water. During the fast Of Daniel I was baptised in the Holy Spirit. I also enrolled myself for a diploma in business management. I now depend on God’s guidance and make Him the source of my happiness,” said John.

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