I was addicted to heroin for 16 years - Citizen TV presenter
The ‘One Love’ host has spilled it all.
But it has been a long road to success as he battled a serious heroin addiction for 16 years. The reggae presenter had his first taste of heroin at the age of 14 after eating ice cream from a vendor who laced the snack with heroin.
But it wasn’t until when he moved to South Africa that the heroin habit kicked in. An addiction that he battled for 16 years and it had him in and out of rehab and jail, it had him sleeping in the streets and selling his parents’ stuff to feed his habit.
Now that he is finally clean Coco aims to save the youth of today from the horrible pain and agony he went through when he was hooked to the drug.
“What made me come out and speak about it was because of the fact that I survived, I was using for 16 years of my life. So the fact that I made it out that for me was a sign that I need to spread the word. I need to be a message of hope to the youth out here, I need to save them a lot of pain and just try and guide them. I’m not gonna tell them don’t have sex, don’t do drugs because that’s not realistic they are gonna do it anyway. So what I’m trying to do is give them the guidelines and hopefully, they are gonna do it the right way or in moderation with the right people around,” He said on the Let’s Talk Show.
He then went on to add “You know with the right people around you if something did go wrong there would be somebody there to take care of you. I didn’t have that I just experimented on my own since I was told no sex, don’t do drugs. You know, nothing before marriage. That’s all I was told but I was never told why. We never really sat down or spoke about it. That’s what I’m trying to give the youth now.”
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