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Luvo Manyonga: From Meth to a Medal


It’s 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa and 20-year-old Luvo Manyonga is practicing for the World Championship in men’s long jump. This will be Manyonga’s first time participating in the event, and he will finish fifth overall at the international competition. Two weeks later, he will take gold in the All-Africa Games. His earnings exceed 80,000 Rand, which is equal to about $6,000. He continued to participate in long jump events throughout the year, gaining popularity and acclaim.

However, having previously been extremely poor, Manyonga’s first run-in with a large amount of money nearly destroys his life after he becomes addicted to tik, the South African equivalent of crystal meth. The drug is highly addictive and can cause psychotic episodes, as well as sleeplessness, anxiety, and increased heartrate.


The Downfall

Tik is simply the slang term South Africans have given methamphetamine. Tik began showing up in the country around 2003 in sparse amounts. By 2008, it was the most popular drug in Cape Town. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that in just a four year period, the amount of people using tik rose from 1% to over 50%. Not even the US has seen drug use spikes of such magnitude over such little time.

It’s 2012 in Cape Town, and Luvo Manyonga is set to compete in a national competition. The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) tests athletes for performance-enhancing drugs at such events. Manyonga tests positive for tik. At the disciplinary hearing, he fully admits to having used tik, explains why he used it, and is banned from long jump events for 18 months. “I can honestly say that I hit rock bottom,” said Manyonga. He was even “stealing mobile phones just to get money to buy the drug. You lose all perception of what is right or wrong. All that matters is to get your fix.”

From the hearing: “He had used tik on several occasions, after he had observed a friend using tik to recover from a drunken spell. [Manyonga] did not want to go to his mother’s house whilst under the influence and therefore used tik to ensure he was sober. After this he became a user.” He also claims not to have used tik to enhance his performance, as SAIDS considers tik a non-specified stimulant under the World Anti-Doping Code.

Manyonga agreed to enroll in the Harmony Addictions Clinic in Cape Town.


The Rise

It’s 2015 in Cape Town, and Luvo Manyonga is sober from tik, and fresh from rehabilitation. Knowing that his hometown is infested with the drug that nearly destroyed him, Manyonga packs up and moves to Pretoria, South Africa, near the High Performance Centre. He trains under strength and conditioning coach John McGrath and former Olympic swimmer Ryk Neethling. He gets his long jump back to top shape, and is chosen for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. He is rated among the top ten globally.

In 2012, Luvo Manyonga said he was “ten, maybe five percent away from death. On August 13, 2016, Luvo Manyonga participated in the Olympic long jump and achieved a distance of 8.37m, a personal best. Then, on his final jump, American Jeff Henderson achieved 8.38m, taking the gold medal. Manyonga won the silver medal.

His story of recovery is absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Although he won silver, it might as well have been gold. Surely Luvo Manyonga took the furthest leap.

Get Help – There’s No Excuse

You have an addiction, but you’re too busy to get help. Maybe you work two jobs and come home to a hungry family. Maybe you travel often and spend more time in airplanes than in bed. Maybe you just have a million hobbies and can’t find the time to get help. Well, it turns out you just don’t want help, because there is no such thing as being too busy to get help with your addiction.

You have several options across a wide range. There are hotlines you can call, meetings you can attend, outpatient recovery facilities you can join, and partial hospitalization options for you. Never say you’re too busy again.


A gigantic number of help hotlines exist, and for all types of needs. The calls are always free of charge. Literally type your addiction and the word ‘hotline’ into a search bar and pick up the phone. American Addiction Centers offers a hotline for addiction and its co-occurring disorders, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a national helpline offering information, support, and referral if necessary, for a wide array of disorders. Both are open 24/7/365. For the addiction hotline call 1-888-986-1295 and for the helpline call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).


At no cost to you other than the gasoline to get there, meetings for all types of addictions are held nationwide. They last about an hour, but people are welcome to stay however long they like. You may have heard of AA, or Alcoholics Anonymous. They paved the way for the many other 12-step programs out there. Find an AA meeting near you here, or a NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meeting near you here.

Outpatient Recovery

Not all rehabilitation programs require an upheaval or your life. Outpatient recovery allows you to check in with appointment-like structure to a treatment facility. Most insurance companies will cover most of or all of the cost. The best part of outpatient recovery is being able to balance it with work, family, school, or whatever else may be going on in your life. Discussions, detoxification, medicine management, exercise, and education are all part of outpatient recovery.

Partial Hospitalization

Enrolling in partial hospitalization is for those addicts with severe symptoms. All the benefits of a hospital are available, including the knowledgeable staff, the equipment, and the medications. Partial hospitalization as defined by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities is “time limited, medically supervised programs that offer comprehensive, therapeutically intensive, coordinated, and structured clinical services.” Most programs are five days a week, but there are weekend sessions, half-sessions, etc. A partial hospitalization will still allow for a normal life outside of recovery, but will consume more time than the previous methods.

Starting on the Road to Recovery

Starting on the road to recovery begins with admitting they you have a problem and asking for help. This can be turning to friends and family, talking to your Doctor about your options or going directly to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for help. To truly begin your recovery you need to be committed to your sobriety and ready to leave your addictive habits in the past and take on a healthy and more fulfilling lifestyle.


Getting The Help You Need

detoxification-from-drugsNow that you have taken the first step it is important to receive the appropriate treatment for your addiction. There are thousands of Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation centers throughout the United States, many which will meet your personal needs. Reaching out to these rehab centers will get you into the program that will give you the treatment you need to get through the first 30 days in your sobriety, help you to build a foundation in your recovery and offer you the tools needed to maintain your sobriety in your day to day life.



The first step in most treatment programs is detoxification. This is an important step as it cleanses your body of the harmful chemicals and toxins related to drug and alcohol abuse in a controlled environment that will ensure your health and safety. The Detoxification process takes 3 to 7 days depending on the severity of your addiction. Your doctor will prescribe you medications to ease symptoms of withdrawal and allow you to comfortably move forward in your recovery.



The rehabilitation process is the next important step in your recovery. There you will undergo therapy and individual counseling sessions to help you get to the root cause of your addiction and work through it while learning vital skills needed to maintain your sobriety. You will also go through daily group counseling sessions to help you get a better understanding of your addiction and to develop the tools needed to maintain your sobriety in your daily life. Typically the rehabilitation process takes 30 days with 24-7 supervised care, many move forward to intensive outpatient and outpatient programs until they are ready to return home, fully confident in their ability to maintain their sobriety despite any triggers and temptation they may face.



When returning home from Drug and Alcohol Treatment it is important to have an aftercare plan in place. This often involves setting up Doctors and Therapist appointments, going to NA and AA meetings, getting a sponsor and set up a support system at home. With a strong aftercare plan you will be prepared for your return home, confident in your ability to maintain your sobriety and ready to continue on the road to recovery.

Health and Happiness in Sobriety

For years you have been mixed up in a world of drugs and alcohol. You’ve fueled this disease and caused chaos in your life and the lives of your loved one. Now you have recognized the damage it has caused and you want better for yourself and those who you love. This is an amazing thing, you have taken the first step in your recovery and there is a healthy life filled with happiness ahead of you.

You Get Back What You Put In

If there was a magic fix for all that’s bad in this world, everyone would jump at it. In reality there is not, to fix the bad we must put work into it. This goes with your recovery too. You get back what you put in. If you do not want to commit yourself to your sobriety then you can not expect your life to get any better. From this point forward you must give 100% of yourself to create a healthier and happier life for yourself in recovery.

Understanding Your Addiction

Many people expect that they will be cured of addiction by going through a treatment program. They are clouded by the misconception that there is a cure. Unfortunately there is not, to stay in recovery you must constantly maintain your sobriety. To do so you must understand your addiction. This means sitting through hours of educational lectures, therapy and counseling sessions. There you will gain the knowledge and know how to maintain your sobriety in your day to day life.

Maintaining Your Sobriety

sobriety-and-healthEach day of your life will require maintenance to ensure your sobriety. While it gets easier in time, you can not forget you are an addict and need self care to stay on top of this disease. Whether it is going to an AA or NA meeting or having a conversation with a friend in recovery, you need to keep working to stay sober, to have the end result of health and happiness in your recovery.

Taking the Steps to Overcome Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a growing epidemic in the United States. Each day thousands of men and women fall victim to heroin addiction, many losing their lives early on in their battle. If you are addicted to heroin and ready to get clean, know you are not alone. With thousands of treatment centers across the nation you can get the help you need to overcome heroin addiction.


Admit You Have a Problem

It’s easy to make excuses to why you can’t stop using heroin. We know it’s hard to quit, but you have taken the first step in getting clean by admitting you have a problem and that is never easy. Now that you have admitted you have a problem it is important to immediately seek the help you will need to get clean.


Starting Treatment

Whether you found a treatment center by word of mouth, a google search or your Doctor’s recommendation, it is great that you took the step to find the help you need to get clean. Starting treatment can be scary, you don’t know what to expect and withdrawal symptoms are starting to kick in. With a brief intake assessment, Doctors and staff will have a full understanding of your addiction and will put together an individualized treatment plan to help you move forward in overcoming your addiction to heroin.



Withdrawal is horrible, that is saying the least. You will experience withdrawal symptoms that vary in severity, some making you feel as if you are going to die. This is why detoxification is so important. During this time you will be monitored by nursing staff that will help to ensure your health, safety and comfort. Doctors will prescribe medications to ease symptoms of withdrawal and help you to stabilize, allowing you to move forward in your treatment.



addiction-recoveryThe rehabilitation process is vital in helping you to overcome heroin addiction. You will go through therapy, individual counseling and group counseling sessions to help you get to the root cause of your addiction and work through it, while educating you on your addiction and helping you to develop the tools needed to overcome heroin addiction and maintain your sobriety in your day to day life.

Tomorrow is a new day, do not let your past get in the way of your future. Start taking the steps needed to overcome heroin addiction today.

Maintaining Your Sobriety

The road to recovery isn’t easy. It takes strength and determination to create a better life for yourself in sobriety. With the right treatment and support you can develop the tools needed to maintain life long sobriety, opening up a world of success to you.

Everyone Has a Back Story

Each and every person who enters into a treatment facility has a past. Many try to blame their past for their addiction. The truth is there is no one to blame except yourself, you made the choice to keep using drugs or drinking each day. Now you are making the choice to STOP, to stay clean and sober and to start living a more fulfilling life.

While your past may creep up on you and put you in a weak place, with support and treatment you can work through the skeletons in your closet and allow yourself to be freed to move forward in your recovery.

You Don’t Have to Go at it Alone

Remember that you are not alone. Regardless to where you personal relationships stand when you step foot into a treatment center, AA or NA meeting you are surrounded by people who care if you live or die and are ready to do anything they can to help you. Surrounding yourself with a sober support system will help to give you the strength needed to maintain your sobriety.

Each Day You Make The Choice to Stay Sober

As an addict you must live in the day. Each day you make the choice to stay sober is a successful day. Staying positive will help you keep on track. Everything that has gone wrong can be changed for the better if you are ready to put in the effort. You control your future by focusing on today.

Maintaining your sobriety is not about what magic pill you can take to keep straight, it is about never giving up and keeping up the fight each day.

Get The Help You Need to Overcome Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a highly addictive drug that causes major changes in the brain making it feel hopeless to get clean. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people die each year from heroin overdose. Some who never were able to get the help they needed to overcome heroin addiction. If you are addicted to heroin, there is help available and it is time to ask for it.

The First Step

The first step to getting the help you need is admitting that you have a problem and asking for help. Turning to friends and family and telling them that you have a problem will help start you on the road to recovery. With thousands of treatment facilities throughout the United States you can find one to meet your needs and offer you the services needed to overcome your addiction to heroin.

Beginning The Detox Process

When abruptly stopping the use of heroin you will begin to experience uncomfortable, even painful, symptoms of withdrawal. The detoxification process is going to be the beginning of your treatment program. This will allow you to safely withdrawal from heroin and to receive medications needed to help ease symptoms of withdrawal. The detoxification process typically takes place for 3 days, depending on the severity of your addiction you may need to stay in a detox program for 1 to 2 weeks.

The Rehabilitation Process

Once the physical effects of your addiction are controlled you can begin to work on the psychological effects. An inpatient rehabilitation program will give you 30 to 90 days in a sober living environment with therapy, individual counseling and group counseling, as well as many other alternative therapies. During this time you will be able to get to the root cause of your addiction and work through it. You will be able to identify and control the triggers to use heroin and develop the skills needed to maintain your sobriety in your daily life.

Finding Your Way Out of Addiction

Addiction can destroy your health, relationships, professional and social life. Drugs and alcohol consume your thoughts and actions, you begin to lose all control. For many people it takes hitting rock bottom to realize just how bad their addiction is. Even when you feel like all hope is lost, remember that you can find your way out of addiction.

Take The First Step

The first step in your recovery is admitting you have a problem and asking for help. Regardless to if you turn to friends and family, your doctor or an addiction treatment facility, this is going to be the biggest and one of the hardest steps you take in the beginning of your recovery.

Getting The Help You Need

You recognize you have a problem and now it is time to get the help you need. Yes it is possible to quit cold turkey on your own, but this is not always a successful method of getting sober as many people turn back to drugs or alcohol soon after to find comfort from all the unknowns they are experiencing. Turning to an Addiction Treatment facility will give you the help you need to overcome the physical, mental and emotional effects of addiction and to help you regain control of your life.

Starting Treatment

Starting treatment for addiction can be scary, you do not know what to expect and fear withdrawal. When entering into a treatment program you will undergo an intake assessment to determine the severity of your addiction and put an individualized treatment plan in place. You will then go through a wide array of therapeutic treatment options that will help you to heal physically, mentally and emotionally. Here you will have the support of a team of addictions professionals, guiding you through the treatment process and helping you to prepare for life in the real world.

You can find your way out of addiction, contact a drug and alcohol treatment facility today.

The First Step in Recovery

Addiction is defined as a disease resulting in the compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance. It is characterized by tolerance and physiological symptoms upon withdrawal, and the persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful.

If you are suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol it can feel as if you’re powerless to this disease. The truth is you aren’t, by taking the first step in recovery by admitting that you have a problem and asking for help you will start taking back control from this disease.

Taking the First Step

Making excuses for why you can’t quit is easy and quitting is hard. This is why many people, like yourself, continue in the cycle of addiction. It often takes hitting rock bottom to truly recognize the problem and the need for help. Regardless to where you are in life, what bad you have done or what your addiction has done to you physically, mentally and emotionally, there is a way out. You reading this right now is apart of the first step in your recovery, next you will start the life changing treatment that will give you back the power, you are in control over your life.

Life Changing Treatment

It can be scary to start into a treatment program for the first time, you do not know what to expect or what challenges you will face.

When entering into a treatment center for the first time you will be greeted by people who truly care about helping you get healthy. You will start with an intake assessment, this will help doctors and staff to get an understanding of the severity of your addiction and to develop a treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals in recovery.

Once you are settled into your new sober living environment you will get started in the treatment process. Your week will consist of daily group and/or individual counseling sessions, therapy sessions, therapeutic art, yoga and other holistic practices to help you heal not only from the physical effects of your addiction, but the mental and emotional effects it has placed on you. Your treatment may go 30 days, it could even go 90 days or longer, regardless to the time of your stay, each day you will get stronger and feel more in control of your addiction and life.

Get the life changing treatment you need today, take the first step in recovery and ask for help.

Detoxing From Heroin

Heroin is one of the most popular street drugs today. It is making its way throughout the United States, leaving no city untouched. Thousands of you men and women die each year as a result of heroin overdose, thousands more enter into treatment each year. Heroin abuse is becoming an epidemic with no end in sight.

Heroin is one of the most deadly street drugs today, it is also one of the most addictive. Many people find it difficult to quit because of the discomfort they experience during withdrawal. With the right detox program and appropriate rehabilitation treatment it is possible to stop using heroin, to kick the habit.

What is Detox?

Detoxification is the process in which the body is naturally rid of the harmful chemicals and toxins related to heroin abuse. If your body has become accustomed to prolonged heroin use that withdrawal experienced can range in severity. Detoxing on your own can be uncomfortable, even painful, making it extremely difficult to manage and overcome drug addiction.

Symptoms of Heroin Withdrawal

There is a wide array of symptoms experienced by a person in acute heroin withdrawal. These symptoms typically start within to 6-12 hours of the last dose of heroin. If the individual is not taking medication the withdrawal peak at 3-4days can be the worst. The severity of withdrawal symptoms depends on the the severity of the addiction. Common symptoms of Heroin withdrawal include but are not limited to:

  • Strong drug cravings.
  • Moodiness: anxiety, depression, fear of withdrawal.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Fever and chills.
  • Muscle spasms, tremors, joint pains.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Sweating, runny nose, watery eyes.
  • Restlessness.

Starting Detox

The first step in your treatment process will be detoxification. This phase in the treatment process will help to prepare your mind and body to partake in the remainder of the treatment process, allowing you to fully get the experience and what is needed to start in your recovery. Upon completion of detox you will move forward in treatment, undergoing individual and group counseling, therapy and other therapeutic exercises to help you to develop the skills needed to maintain your sobriety in your daily life.

You don’t need to go at it alone, contact a Heroin Addiction Rehabilitation Center today.