CANNABIS isn’t a gateway drug.
ALCOHOL isn’t a gateway drug.
NICOTINE isn’t a gateway drug.
CAFFEINE isn’t a gateway drug.
TRAUMA is the gateway.
CHILDHOOD ABUSE is the gateway.
MOLESTATION is the gateway.
NEGLECT is the gateway.


Drug abuse, violent behaviour, hyper sexuality, and self harm are often symptoms (not the cause) of much bigger issues. And it almost always stems from a childhood filled with trauma, absent parents or an abusive family. But most people are too busy laughing at the homeless and drug addicts to realise their children could in be their shoes in the next coming 10 to 15 years.


Communicate – Empathise – Rehabilitate.


Those who have suffered the most will be our greatest teachers. It has been artificial for so long, that we need trauma speakers to save us. Because they are the closest to the truth of all of our lives. Because they’re the most connected to the feelings that we are all burying – the individual cries of relief, the ancestral unresolveds that thread through each generation.


It may seem counter -intuitive in this conditioned world, but those who have the courage to own their pain, are actually the ones we need the most. So next time you feel tempted to turn away from someone who wants to share their horribly painful story, stop. Just stop. Ask yourself why are you so earger to go – are they reminding you of something you don’t want to feel within yourself? Then listen to them, and let them whisper your heart back to life.


Trauma speakers are healers and spiritual warriors who have found the courage to defeat the darkness of their souls. Awakening and rising from the depths of their shame and owning their pain, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Reborn with a wisdom and strength that creates a light that shines bright enough to help, encourage, inspire others out of their darkness.
Spijo Makanvas is an ex-convict and recovering addict who has been clean for more than 6 years. He is an advocate for the reformation of communities especially ex-prisoners and drug addicts. He will write more about his experiences and take us through his life with the purpose of inspiring and helping the young generation to not make the mistakes he made. 



About Rewo Banele

Before we can educate the youth about business, we need to confront the challenges that are constantly destroying the youth before they even begin looking towards trying entrepreneurship. I was once a young man who needed someone to show me the potential I possessed as a young man growing up in the township. Today I am an Entrepreneur, Author and Executive Producer with a passion to educate young people in the township about their potential and challenges through entrepreneurial and substance abuse content. This is why I have dedicated part of this website to address issues of substance abuse and crime. Only after addressing these can we have hope to inspire young people into entrepreneurship.

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