[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My name is Jerome Moses and I’m a recovering drug addict. I was a slave to drugs (tik, mandrax and dagga) for seven years of my life. It was like a living hell.
Today I’m nearly one year clean and all the glory goes to my Saviour Jesus Christ. My life only changed when I started to surrender everything to God, and admitted that my life was unmanageable and that I was powerless over my addiction.
Coming off drugs is not easy because it was such a big part of my life. Knowing about triggers is an important part of staying sober. It teaches us to recognise the danger of people, places and things. A trigger is when you are in a certain place or you see someone you used to smoke with and what will happen is you get all those old feelings of wanting to take drugs again. Your heart starts pumping fast, your mind has flashbacks and you feel those old cravings.
One of my triggers was on Wynberg Main Road. Why Wynberg? It’s the capital for drugs in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town. The drugs in Wynberg was everywhere to be found on every corner. Most people won’t see it but it’s there right under the public noses.
My journey at U-Turn is almost like starting a new life. Some of the things we learn are work skills, life skills and especially people skills, like how to communicate and how to put good boundaries in place. But one of favourite lessons is Bible Classes to learn the story of the Bible.
We learn about God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit and how He can help us change. U-turn encouraged me to start attending church again and at my new church, Lake View Baptist I met up with a group of ex drug addicts.
God has changed us and so we wanted to show the drug addicts what God has done for us and that change is possible with the strength of God.
So we formed our own ministry called ‘Back To The Streets’ to show the drugs addicts on the street that there is support in the outside world. You see when you on the street you lose hope, you don’t know where to reach out for help, and you don’t have anyone to go to for help. That’s why I wanted to be involved in a ministry that can be that hand of help to addicts that is still on the streets.
Now I’m back to the streets of Wynberg…but not to buy drugs or waste my life but to give help and hope to people looking for a new way of life.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]