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October 2016

Number 28
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Cervical Screening Evening
Every lady deserves to be pampered, and here at He Puna Waiora that’s exactly what some special ladies were treated to recently.

Hand massages, nail painting, haircuts and more in fact! It was all glitz and glamour for a very important cause.

Our team, with the help of Cervical Screening and the Bluff Medical Centre, offered an evening of pampering in conjunction with a free cervical smear for enrolled patients.

The aim of the evening was to make sure our southern ladies got up-to-date with their cervical smear.

We were impressed with the turnout and pleased to hear some of the feedback. One of the ladies said it was a fantastic evening and she felt treated like a queen.

He Puna Waiora Wellness Centre would like to thank all of those who supported this very important evening.
I Felt Guilty Every Time
Michael, 20, knew he had an addiction to marijuana but felt it was easier to continue the habit than try to give it up. That was until he suffered a “psychotic breakdown”, which opened his eyes to the harm he was causing.

Michael is now drug-free and although breaking the habit was a tough journey, he’s overcome the battle and looks forward to a bright, happy and content future.


This is his story:

I was 14 when I started smoking weed.

It was harmless and just a bit of fun maybe once a month with my friends at the skate park. I went to the skate park a lot. I was really into BMXing and I loved it there.   

My friends asked if I wanted a hit and I couldn’t say no. I was young and foolish, I know that now.

It wasn’t long before I was hooked. My friends got more and more into it and so did I.

It wasn’t a huge habit. I was only spending about $25 a week.

But that didn’t last long. When I was about 16 the habit escalated. I was smoking weed about every second day and my motivation levels started to fade.

My school work started to suffer because I had no motivation. I achieved NCEA Level 2 but I know now that I’d have done a lot better if I’d stayed away from weed and had better friends.

I started selling some possessions to cover my now $50 a week habit, or I’d lie and ask my parents for money. I’d say it was for a haircut or something.

I was smoking weed every day now. I’d become really selfish and I’d stopped hanging out with people just so I could smoke.

I lost all of my friends and the weed made me anxious in social settings.

I stopped going to the skate park because I’d lost the motivation. I was spending more and more time away from home and I was eating less food and smoking more weed.

It was the only way to satisfy the intense cravings.

My parents found out when Mum found a bong in my bedroom. They told me they were disappointed in me and that absolutely crushed me. They’re great parents and I’d disappointed them.

I knew at this point that I was depressed, but I just didn’t want to stop. I felt guilty every time I smoked weed but I kept doing it anyway.

The problem was I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it too much. Weed made me feel good and gave me a different perspective on life. Although, if I was in a bad mood it would make it much worse!

If I didn’t have weed, I’d start thinking about when I’d be able to get more.

At 18 I was spending between $400 and $500 a week on weed and alcohol. I was working at the meat works so I had plenty of money.

But things got even worse.

I was in a deep depression and I started mixing it up. I was taking acid, magic mushrooms, legal synthetics, cough syrup and, at my worst, methamphetamine.

When I took methamphetamine I had a complete lack of purpose and I feel it made my depression that much worse.

I stopped eating and when I did it didn’t sit well.

My perspective changed one day when I had a really bad drug experience which included a psychotic breakdown. That combined with the guilt, the disappointment from family, the breakdown of relationships and depression, caused a change within me.

It became clear to me that I needed to make a change and so, about two or three months ago, I did.

I stopped doing drugs cold turkey. I relapsed a couple of times but it didn’t have the same effect on me as it used to.

It was really hard. I got shaky and I felt really tired, but I just started changing my habits. Instead of smoking weed I’d go for a walk and get out in nature.

I came to Nga Kete and although one-on-one counselling wasn’t for me there were plenty of other options. I attended the Te Rongo Pai Support Group and Art Therapy. It’s really good to be able to relate to others and hear their thoughts and opinions.

I’ve learnt some great skills here like social skills and coping strategies, and it’s given me routine and a bit of purpose which I really need at the moment.

Recently I attended the Hikoi Te Hauora Recovery Boot Camp. It was a great experience! It was a good change of environment that helped to clear my head. The camp helped improve my confidence and social skills.

I’ve definitely learnt a lot in the past few weeks.

I’ve learnt that everyone makes mistakes. Everyone needs to call out for help sometimes. We can’t do life alone. I’ve learnt that negative things will just bring you down, but positive things will give you the energy you need.

I’m hoping for a positive future full of contentment, peace but also thrill, and personal growth. I’m hoping to rebuild relationships, and keep working on my communication skills. I’m also hoping to give surfing a go, or some sort of extreme sport.

There’s no going back for me now.
Employment Opportunity
KAUPAPA MAORI ADDICTION COUNSELLOR

Fantastic opportunity to join our amazing Addiction Clinical Team.

The Position: Working with Rangatahi who seek support, education awareness and clinical treatment for addiction related issues. 
This position will suit someone with strong Maori linkages and networks.
You will have a relevant qualification or committed to ongoing addiction training. We require a person who is fit, able to work out in the field with minimal supervision. Work will involve co-facilitation of addiction recovery camps, group work and one-on-one intervention.

Service: Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu extends a whanau centred mode of operation in a setting of excellence and we are committed to employing the right person for this challenging but rewarding position. Experience working with rangatahi, capacity in waka toi, waka ama, kapa haka, mahika kai is desired.

Location: Working from 92 Spey Street Invercargill at our Head Office and in the Southland environment.

Essential Criteria: Clean drivers licence, a relevant counselling qualification (or on a pathway), strong Maori networks and linkages.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Send C.V. and cover letter stating interest to: Pikihuia Ruffell, NKMP Charitable Trust, PO Box 1749 Invercargill by 5pm 14 October 2016.
Email: pikihuia.ruffell@kaitahu.maori.nz
Ph: (03) 2145260 
Free Phone: (0800) 925242
Want to stop smoking? 
STOPtober is here and our team of dedicated mobile coaches located across the entire Southern region are here to help you on your journey!
Our free service includes community group clinics and one-on-one support, as well as free nicotine replacement therapy resources.
Fill out our referral form here: 

http://www.kaitahu.maori.nz/online-referrals.html 
or give us a call on 0800 925 242.
Our mailing address is:
92 Spey Street, Invercargill
Ph: (03) 214 5260 or free phone: 0800 925 242

Hours:
Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
Late nights by appointment Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 5pm-7pm

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