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1. I tried to fill the void I had inside with cigarettes and alcohol There are people who have been looking for help for a long time. They turn on the TV and watch us saying and showing how they can be free, yet they remain sitting at home, with their arms crossed and taking no action! “From as young as 12, I was addicted to cigarettes and alcohol, and used them to try and fill the void I had inside. But, after attending the ACT meetings, I realised I was not a lost cause, and have since managed to quit all my addictions.” Fernando Faria   2. Alcohol and drug addiction led me down the wrong path It is one thing to keep on suffering because you do not know what to do to end your addiction, where to seek help, or about the Addiction Cleansing Therapy, but it is quite another thing to know what to do, and remain suffering after reading this newspaper! “As a rebellious teenager, my life was heading down the wrong path because of my alcohol and drug addiction. But, after I committed to receiving help at the UCKG, the desires gradually left me.”

Addiction has many destabilising effects, which are not only experienced by the addicts but also their family and friends. From depression to loneliness, many individuals become slaves to addiction, and their ability and willingness to live fulfilled lives are reduced. Some other effects that addicts may experience include: Unemployment Divorce Changed behaviour towards family and friends Financial sacrifices to fund their addiction Health problems, e.g. chronic fatigue. How addiction can affect family and friends Unfortunately, addicts are not the only ones who suffer from addiction – their friends and family are also affected. The relationship between the addict and those close to them begins to deteriorate and conflict is very common. As much as families and friends try to help that person overcome their addiction, a lot of the time it doesn’t work, causing many people to give up. How can I get help or help a loved one who is addicted? The Addiction Cleansing Therapy meetings are dedicated to helping addicts find a way out, as well as providing support and guidance to those wanting to help someone who is addicted. With spiritual guidance and encouraging messages of faith, these meetings will transform your life, as well as the

When an addiction takes over, it will often seem like there is no way out. At times, you feel like you have been taken captive, and you end up at risk of becoming obsessed with something that could potentially ruin your life; you become so accustomed to depending on your bad habits that you eventually succumb to the idea that this life of addiction is your “forever.” Addictions can come in numerous forms such as drugs, gambling, alcohol, pornography, and gaming, to name just a few. In these cases, what starts off as a social or fun factor in one’s life turns into a dreaded cycle of dependency and control. Addiction not only ruins lives, but ends them too. Deaths related to drug misuse are at their highest since comparable records began in 1993; 33,000 people die each year due to alcohol-related incidents or associated health problems. However, this does not have to be the case for you! You can take back control and rid yourself of your addiction. There is hope; you don’t have to become just another statistic. We can help you put an end to your addiction, and guide and support you back to a reality in


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