Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Twelve persons have graduated from Caritas’ drug rehabilitation programme. This included 11 men and one woman, two of which were from the Prison Inmates Programme.
The ceremony took place at the Good Council Church in Paceville, St. Julian’s. Mass was led by Monsignor Victor Grech together with Monsignor Charles Cordina and Fr Hilary Tagliaferro. The animation was directed by Dr. Gianluca and his brother Joseph Bezzina.
With the aim of safeguarding everyone’s health during the pandemic, Caritas allowed the graduates to invite four people, while the other residents in Caritas’ houses followed the ceremony online.
“Your challenges begin today, and you will need to start applying those tools that the programme gives you,” said Caritas Malta Director Anthony Gatt while congratulating all the graduates.
Monsignor Grech expressed the importance of understanding that everyone must continue to change every day and be able to do so by recognizing that we are weak.
One of the graduates described how he knows that “with the love of the Caritas staff, I will be able to understand how beautiful life is, and I will see that I stay grounded and apply those skills that you have taught me with dedication and love during my progress in the programme.”
732 people with drug abuse problems in 2019 requested help
Caritas Malta continued to see a substantial number of people needing help. In 2019, 732 people with drug abuse problems approached, of which 186 were new clients and 15% were women.
The most common age was 33 years, the youngest 14 years old and the oldest 64. For the second year in a row, the largest proportion of customers (41%) had a primary problem of cocaine addiction. Following, 30% were those who came to the aid did so due to having a heroin addiction. In 2019, Caritas Malta saw the highest percentage of customers coming to aid due to Cannabis (24%).