Guest Info

Gerald Moodley is a member of Narcotics Anonymous in South Africa, is in sobriety, and now mentors former addicts. Having been in the depths of despair himself, he knows firsthand the horrific circumstances many go through.

About the Show

In this thought-provoking podcast episode, Rajan Nazran ventures to South Africa to meet Gerald Moodley, a former narcotics addict and active member of Narcotics Anonymous. Together, they shed light on the unspoken issue of drug addiction, particularly within the Indo-South African community, and its significant impact on society.

The prevalence of drug-related crime in South Africa is alarming, accounting for over 60% of all crimes in the country. Yet, the issue remains largely unaddressed, with alcoholism somewhat normalised. At the same time, narcotics are often misunderstood or attributed to superstitions like the evil eye or curses.

Throughout the podcast, Gerald shares his journey of addiction and recovery, having achieved an impressive eight years of sobriety. He delves into the complex nature of drug addiction, debunking misconceptions that individuals who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower. Gerald emphasises that drug addiction is a multifaceted disease, fundamentally altering the brain and making it challenging for individuals to quit, even if they desire to do so.

Drawing from his experience, Gerald explores the profound impact of drug addiction on communities, particularly within the Indian community in South Africa. He candidly discusses the role of drugs in fueling crime and its detrimental effects on individual and their family members. Additionally, he sheds light on the challenges faced by addicts during the rehabilitation process, highlighting the societal and familial dynamics that contribute to the cycle of addiction.

Gerald addresses the misconceptions surrounding drug abuse, including the initial denial and resistance parents often exhibit before accepting their child’s addiction. He also highlights the role of alcohol as a gateway to drug addiction.

This raw and courageous podcast episode offers a glimpse into the life of a former addict and the transformative power of recovery. It serves as a call to action, urging listeners to confront the pervasive issue of drug addiction and provide support and understanding to those affected.

Produced by Global Indian Series for the Global Indian Network.
Script by Rajan Nazran
original idea: Rajan Nazran

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