Woman Finds Childhood Friend Homeless And Addicted To Drugs. Then Changes His Life Forever

Woman Finds Childhood Friend Homeless And Addicted To Drugs. Then Changes His Life Forever

It’s often said that true friends are worth their weight in gold. They are the people we turn to in times of crisis for support and their actions can have an immeasurably positive effect on our lives. While there is no doubt that friendships change over time, the bond is always there.

So when Wanja Mwaura stumbled upon her drug-addicted and homeless childhood friend, Patrick Hinga, she knew she had to help him.

Patrick’s problems began early on in life. He was expelled from school for smoking cigarettes and marijuana and this was the first step in his downward spiral into addiction. His mom tried to help him at first, taking him to a hospital to get him the treatment he needed.

However, Patrick wasn’t interested in getting better and he repeatedly ran away from the people trying to help him.

“He complained a lot and said all they did was give him medication and treat him like a mental patient and yet he was not mentally ill and that is why he kept running away,” Patrick’s mother, Nancy, told SDE.

“But when he was out of the hospital, he would walk around the neighborhood completely naked, or he would rummage through garbage.”

Patrick’s situation then went from bad to worse when he discovered a new drug, Attain, in hospital.

“It isn’t supposed to be used daily, but because it got him high, he got addicted,” Nancy said. “It was only Sh2 (a few cents) per tablet. He even stole prescription papers and got them from chemists.”

It was at this point that Patrick left the hospital and any chance of recovery in the near future behind him for good. He became homeless and wandered Nairobi’s streets in search of more drugs to fuel the addiction that had taken over his life.

Despite Patrick’s decision to run away from the hospital and his mom, Nancy still visited him regularly on the streets bringing him food.

“We were always a spectacle; people would call each other to come and stare, laugh and point at us as we ate. I was known as Mama wa wazimu,” (the madman’s mother) Nancy revealed.

But everything changed for Patrick when he bumped into his schoolfriend Wanja while living on the streets.

The old friends began talking and it was then that Patrick finally expressed a desire to change his life – to get off the streets and drugs and become the man he was capable of being.

Wanja immediately took it upon herself to help her old friend and checked him into a rehab center. To help pay for the costs of Patrick’s care, Wanja used social media to raise money for him. He also found further support there too.

Recovering from drug addiction is no mean feat. Your body has to go through painful withdrawal symptoms, and, statistically, most drug addicts will suffer at least one relapse on their way to recovery. To all intents and purposes, addiction is the same as having a chronic illness.

That’s why it is so important that those in rehab centers have a good support network. While living on the streets, Patrick had no hope and no one to encourage him to turn his life around, but he found that in Wanja.

Some of the withdrawal symptoms that Patrick might have experienced include seizures, tremors, and depression.

To help see him through his recovery, Wanja helped Patrick to start up his own business, ‘Hinga’s Store’, so that he had something to focus on

This worked wonders for Patrick, and he went on to make a truly incredible transformation.

After getting off the streets and drugs, his appearance improved immeasurably.

He was able to gain weight and his skin gained a healthy glow.

With clean clothes on his back, he really did look like a new man, and he felt like one too!

“I pray daily, asking God to deliver me so that I am not pulled back to that life of drugs,” Patrick said of his new life.

“I feel like I am a new man,” he added.

While Patrick might have got his happy ending, however, his story is indicative of a much wider problem in Nairobi.

It’s no secret that Nairobi is full of slums, and, because of the widespread poverty in the city, drugs are rife. People in Kenya have been particularly touched by Patrick’s story because it has given hope to many other people who are in his old situation.

Tragically, drug abuse in Nairobi is so widespread that it’s been reported that children as young as four years old are addicts.

To make matters worse, around 40 new substances are available in the city like the Attain which fuelled Patrick’s problem.

“These substances which are legally and openly sold in the streets, supermarkets and pharmacies are quickly replacing traditional drugs such as cocaine and heroin as the products of choice among the youth,” Dr. Ruth Kahuthia said.

Life throws people curveballs all of the time, but regardless of what problem it is, Patrick’s story is a testament to the fact that good friends can see you through anything. We would like to wish him all the best in his continued recovery from drug addiction.

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