I worked in the long distance transport sector and my addiction was triggered by an attack at Lokichogio on our way back to Mombasa. My Diver was shot in the eye luckily he survived but the experience badly affected me.
I did not know whom to turn to for help, I did not understand what I needed was simply counseling. I later resorted into alcohol whenever I had a recap of the gun shots and the bloody incident I witnessed.
After realizing that alcohol could not clear off the images from my brains and eyes I could not tell how I landed into hard drugs like heroin but yes, I found myself totally into heroin at the age of 27.
I have been in and out of rehabilitation centre’s among them Omar project in Malindi. I can vividly recall in 2011 I was taken to Reachout rehabilitation centre at Likoni by my brother who used to tell me that I was useless and I’d rather die. I met the now Executive Director Mr. Taib Abdulrahman who registered me into the centre after close assessment.
I successfully completed my rehabilitation program; its 8 years now and I have never tasted drugs. For the last two month I have successful deterred from smoking cigarette.
I want to express my gratitude to Mr. Taib Abdulrahman, Reachout rehabilitation centre Officer in charge Swaleh Abdallah and the entire RCT staff for the support that led to my successfully recovery, I am a dedicated husband and a happy father.
I later decided to take a fresh turn in my life after the burden was too heavy for me and my family too. I lost my father because of addiction, the suffering was too heavy for him and to date my mother is bedridden suffering from high blood pressure and all sorts of depression because of how my life was.
However, four years ago my life took a u turn where Reachout Centre Trust lend me a hand that today am still holding on to, I went to Reachout Rehabilitation Centre at ‘Corner ya Mtongwe’ Likoni where I seriously took my four month drug dependency treatment program, the Organization’s Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman supported me out of drug menace and to date words cannot fully express enough of what is at the bottom of my heart towards Mr. Taib and all the Reachout Center Trust staff.
For four years I have been living a drug free life, employed by Reachout Centre Trust, spending most of my free time in the mosque and working towards helping other drug users out of the menace. I fully support harm reduction efforts, I value, cherish and thank the Institution for bringing me back to healthy life and specifically the Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman for his dedication towards a drug free society.
Thank you so much Reachout Centre Trust for the gift of recovery.
I was immersed into alcohol addiction back in the 1990’s and the situation badly affected me both physically and psychologically.
I could not continue with my high education and opted for a job despite my Dad’s advice that I was to join higher learning institution. But since I only wanted to quench my alcoholism thirsty, I opted for employment at the Kenya power.
The situation worsens at work and whenever I earned my salary of Ksh. 30,000 per month. I absconded duty for about two weeks so that I spend the whole pay drinking alcohol. I lived in total poverty despite earning.
The trend led to my sacking at Kenya power where I had worked for three years and I had to travel to Mombasa to seek solace from my dear Sister.
However, the situation became shoddier and I was hopping from one alcohol den to another drinking all types of alcohol from local brews to beers, wines and spirits and all sorts, I was poor, desperate, heartbroken and lonely. Alcoholism ended my two marriages and though my two children were taken by my parents, both the first and second wife couldn’t bear the pain of mockery and suffering I caused them.
In 2008 my sister gave me an option of registering at rehabilitation centre, since both pastors and witchdoctors did not salvage the situation I was in despite trying all sorts of help and prayers.
I will tirelessly thank Mr. Taib Abdulrahman for helping me out and enable me recollects my life.
I registered at ‘Kona ya Mtongwe’ rehabilitation centre, I successfully finished my rehabilitation program; I went back to college where I pursued counseling course. I am now an addiction counselor at Reachout Centre Trust.
I remarried and got two more children. I am a dedicated husband, a responsible father and happy man.
Thank you Reachout Centre Trust, Thank you Taib Abdulrahman for the bold heart, you saved me from peril.
I was arrested and put behind bars over 7 times because under my addiction I was involved in various criminal activities including stealing from my neighbors and taking away anything I came across so that I get at least 200 shillings to quench the urge for drugs.
As the first born in our family my parents had high hopes that I would lend them a hand once I grow up in bringing up my siblings but they suffered a rude shock when I started using bhang, climbing ladder into using heroin by sniffing and finally injecting myself heroin.
It was a total mess for me and my parents who later threw me out of our home and my life worsen.
I was immersed into heroin for 15 years and I use to chase away Peer educators from Reachout Centre Trust who used to tirelessly come to our drug dens where we lived. However I finally meditated why the counselors were so persistent in persuading me to leave addiction and recollect my life for a fresh beginning.
I then made a bold decision and got assisted by Reachout Executive director Mr. Taib Abdulrahman who opened his hands and heart and gave me a humble, warm reception I will never forget.
I was later registered into a drug rehabilitation program at Reachout Rehabilitation Centre at ‘Kona ya Mtongwe’ in Likoni where I successful finished and later joined a volunteer program at ‘Halfway house’ along Shelly beach road in Likoni.
It’s now 7 years since a bid bye bye to drugs, I am married and with two children. I can’t thank enough Reachout Centre Trust and Mr. Taib Abdulrahman for the help. I appeal to the central government to enhance treatment programs to drug users so that they become more useful persons in the society and more so into their families.
I was so immersed into addiction, I never obeyed my parents leave alone other close relatives in my family. I did all the worse to get money for drugs. My health deteriorated because of the chronic addiction people who knew me would always hide their valuables since I would snatch and sell them to quench my thirst I was truly in bad state.
I don’t want to recall much of what transpired in my life and what I have been through it makes me regret and feel as if am nothing before the Lord.
However, after 13 years of pain, suffering and regrets I found a helping hand from Reachout Centre Trust, it is only through this Organization that I joined Reachout Centre Trust treatment program where I adhered to all the counseling, treatment and reintegration processes.
I can’t express enough of my gratitude towards Reachout Executive Director Mr. Taib Abdulrahman and the entire Reachout Centre Trust staff for the help and aid that opened a new dawn in my life. For the last five years I have been living a clean life away from abusing drugs.
I am a Swahili poet a talent that I am currently sharpening so that I earn from it and I am also working towards pursuing professional counseling course so that I carry on with my dream of helping those suffering from drug abuse menace at the Coast. I thank God that I am now a family man. Thank you Reachout, Thank you Mr. Taib Abdulrahman for opening a new chapter in my Life only God will reward you.
Reachout Centre Trust at the forefront in extricating drug abuse in the Coast region.
Sure they did save my life and my entire generation as I am now working with reachout as a Peer educator, married and a father to one child. If it’s not for Reachout I don’t know where I could be for real. May God bless your good deeds and keep saving life of many like me, Thank you so much Reachout.
Bringing up my children as a drug user was a ‘hell kind of face’ and to some extent I only prayed to God to take my life and that of my children too.
I was immersed into drug use at the age of 20 and spent 18 years in addiction, injecting myself drugs and living in the ‘don’t care kind of life’ however, I was later tired, sick, confused and hopeless human being just praying for death to strike so that I stop living in such shameful miserable life.
However, I later decided to seek assistance from Reachout Centre Trust.
Despite being in pathetic condition, dirty, suffering from TB and with body full of wounds, Reachout Centre Trust Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman received me, counseled and registered me to Methadone treatment.
It’s not an easy journey to walk out of drug addiction but one can successfully manage if willing to do so.
Whenever I remember what I went through, for the last 18 years of addiction I painfully shade tears but again when I now see my children with their hearts filled with hope and parental love I smile and thank God for everything.
I can’t express what is at the bottom of my heart. I can’t thank enough Mr. Taib Abdulrahman and the entire Reachout Centre Trust for the assistance they gave me. To this date I breathe fresh life and pray that I do not turn back.
Thank you Reachout, Thank you Mr. Taib Abdulrahman for your bold heart and kind, blessed hands.
Addiction life was very tough, despicable, demoralising and heartbreaking. I indulged in drug abuse because my peers were working in the beaches and life I Coastline depend on high and low season and during los season my friends would push me close to their group that’s what pushed me drugs.
I do not want to recall the life I went through stealing anything I came across not only wet clothe hanging on a line, utensils among many other household goods earning the name ‘Kwalakwala’.
My dear wife left me because I was useless to her and I could not stand any marriage life by that time. I was left all alone living and sleeping at the beaches in Diani, my beddings were cartons could not eat or take a bath and my parents carried the pain.
However, on 16th September 2015, I took an about turn after I saw peer educators from Reachout centre trust at Likoni and after several assessments I was registered into methadone treatment at Coast Provincial referral hospital where I successful completed my rehabilitation program and to date I have never relapsed.
I thank Reachout Centre Trust for lending me a hand to this successful journey. I want to extend my gratitude to the Executive director Mr. Taib Abdulrahman for helping me out of drug addiction. I am now a happy family man working as a Reachout work within Kwale County.
Let’s all unite in curtailing drug use among the Coastal youth.
I remember to have been almost all rehabilitations centres in Malindi, to Mombasa but every time my mother took me to the same rehabilitation centres I could not keep up to the conditions and I ran away never to go back again.
The trend was painful for me but I could not avoid, getting into drug addiction is very easy but walking out of it is purely an axe to grind.
I can vividly recall that there was a time I sue to inject drugs right on top of a grave at Sargoi grave yard so that whenever I die my dear mother Kulthum Rizki Breik does not incur much burial expenses. I was in a very critical sorry devastating state, only God knows what I went through for the 19 years I was immersed into drugs.
I fell into the trap at the age of 17 years due to psychological problems caused by my own family but I do not want to go back to the memories they make me feel pain and at times shade tears.
But I can now happily say that for that last five years I have been clean without using any drug. I want to thank the blessed hands of Taib Abdulrahman and Reachout Centre trust, anti drug abuse lobby based at the Coast for helping me recollect my life and get back to my feet.
Despite relapsing several times, Mr. Taib Abdulrahman through Reachout Centre Trust tirelessly registered me into methadone treatment programs and counseling sessions from helpful Reachout counselors that changed me to whom I am today.
I am now a Reachout centre Trust Field Officer, a dedicated father a happy husband and a tireless social worker serving my own community.
Thank you so much Reachout Centre Trust, Thank you so Much RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman for carrying my drug burden and saving my life.
I was lured into drugs by my peers. I struggled with addiction for 13 years but I was helped out by the late Murad Saad, the founder of Reachout Centre Trust back in 2004. However, I don’t want to recall whatever bedeviled me, I relapsed into drugs despite being assisted and employed by the same organization to help my peers out of the menace.
The struggle was tough for a person who has relapsed into drugs, the other 7 years of addiction were hell kind of face for me. I cried alone not knowing the next step in my life. The pain was evident for my parents.
After a lot of suffering, tough addiction life, discrimination from relatives and friends I went back to Reachout Centre Trust now headed by Mr. Taib Abdulrahman who gave me only a one month program adhering to the drug treatment program was a major challenge but I utilized it and unbelievable for a second time, Reachout Centre Trust saved my life not only by re-employing me but also by assisting and guiding me through my rehabilitation and reintegration process.
I am a dedicated husband and a father of three, completely out of using drugs. Thank you so much Reachout Centre Trust and thank you Mr. Taib Abdulrahman for holding my hand from Reachout Rehabilitation Centre at ‘Corner ya Mtongwe’, to Half-way house reintegration centre along Shelly beach road in Likoni and now a field officer.
It is four years now and I have never thought leave alone indulging in using drugs. Only God will reward Reachout Centre Trust and particularly Mr. Taib Abdulrahman for the guidance, motivation, mentorship and helping hand. I am breathing fresh life out of drugs. I am humbled.
Reachout Centre trust is always at the forefront in supporting the implementation of drug policies and ensuring a drug free society.