From Kempton Park, Gauteng
SADAG received a call from a woman worried about her 18-year-old son who started smoking dagga after she separated from his fat her. He managed to stop the dagga until a few months ago when he moved out to stay with his father after a fight. In that time, however, he started smoking again. At the time of the call, the woman had just been told by her son that he smoked to feel numb, calm and happy. The caller was concerned for her son as his emotions were all over and he has threatened to end his life if his girlfriend breaks up with him.
Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal
A very emotional teenage boy called, sobbing, and begging for help for his brother. The boy’s brother has been taking drugs due to peer pressure but is desperate to stop. The caller got the line’s number from his school Life Orientation textbook.
Cape Town, Western Cape
A woman called on behalf of her niece who abuses TIK, has been in and out of prison, was raped twice (both while she was drunk and high), and is now pregnant with her second baby. She is 6 months pregnant and is still using TIK. Her first child was adopted by her mother but the niece now refuses to speak to anyone because no-one understands what she has been through.
A father called to get advice and support for his son who has been abusing substances for many years. He was last treated in Bloemfontein for heroin addiction 5 year ago. He was doing well and after his marriage last year, he bought a farm in the North West. The caller said his son came to him a couple of days ago for help - he has relapsed and started doing drugs again.
A distraught woman called for help. Her son has just spent three months in prison and has recently been released. She feels he has changed for the worse - he swears a lot, vandalises the property, steals, and smokes crystal meth. He seems very angry and blames her for his grandmother’s death (he ran away soon after and started living on the street). The caller has a protection order against him and feels unsafe to leave younger children at home with him.