News from Pat in Ghana


A phonecall between Ghana and Netherlands is not always easy these days, but yesterday Pat and I had an undistiurbed connection.

“What’s new with Clear Mind, Pat”?

“Well, first of all, July 27th I’ll open the doors to my rehab center in town. That’s the date! Two person fight for the admission, both probably for a stretch of three month. Who shall I take first? C or K?

C is a ÿoung guy from town, son of very concerned well to do parents. Their boy has been drinking since age 15 or 16. Massive, drowning himself, maybe since 8 years by now. He wants to stop. Each newyear’s day he tells his parents: watch me, tomorrow I will be sober. But it never materialises. Not yet. Last year I was in Ghana when C told his father again: watch me, I promise you dad.

A beautiful boy, but addicted to the core and not able to stop with the help of Pat or of Martin, he tried it with both of them. Now he is with Pat again and Pat has pronised him: you will be the first to be ‘admitted’ to my rehab center and there you will succeed my friend, you will succeed. And I believe that too.

The other is K. K. is the son of one of our Clear MInd family, he himself already sober for over a year. Father and son. But the son lives with his mother and the mother has no time to help her son get sober, contrary I think. K. has no work and sits under a tree in that desolate village all the time, intoxicated and known already to the local community, one of many, a ‘hopeless case’ in the village.

“K? Oh that one!” A dismissive smile. Life in an African village is not always as romantic as it seems, by the way.

The mother believes there is something spiritual about the drinking of her boy. He has been invaded by demons and they make him do it and you cant undo this because… thats where I do not follow it anymore. But the boy wants to stop and showed last year that he could stop, when in Nkoranzqa, away from his village, living with his father.

However, the father cannot take him in the house anymore and when he was there last year the mother came and almost highjacked him and took him hostage and ‘back to the village please, you scoundrel!’

So… where could he better be on his second attempt to stop drinking? In Pats rehab center of course. From 27th going, less than two months, time for Pat to start preparing.

How much do we charge?” “Who should go first?” K has no money, C has some money, the parents do. “How shall I go about it?”We propose that for each month the fee will be 50 Ghana cedis, the equivalent of 15 euro.

What kind of fee is that? Well, already too much for many villagers in Ghana. But we will see how it goes.

” Pat, can you put two beds and chairs in the room?” “Get them both together? Can you discuss that option with the team and with them? Can you handle that? Two is much to start with?”

Will be continued.


1 Comment

  • S

    2 June, 2014 at 10:30 Reply

    Gisteren vertelde een alcoholist mij dat zijn huisarts had gezegd: `Eens een alcoholist, altijd een alcoholist. Hooguit 5% herstelt definitief´. Dan zou ik zeggen, grijp iedere kans om dat te verbeteren. Maar in het Westen laten we Baclofen, het beste hulpmiddel tegen alcoholisme, links liggen. Bang dat we geen geld meer kunnen verdienen aan de huidige behandelmethoden. Mooier is het niet. In Ghana scoort Ineke met haar team ongeveer 60% herstel bij alcoholisten, met Baclofen. Omdat ze ´gewoon´ het probleem wil oplossen waar geen verslavingsklinieken zijn en er geen AA is. Ik steun haar van harte. U ook?

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