Detox challenge to show understanding

South Western Times
Courtney Pugh, Tennille Hamilton, Greg Shaw, Lina Pugh, Emma-Lee Purcell and Amanda Knights are all giving up something for the 10-day detox.
Camera IconCourtney Pugh, Tennille Hamilton, Greg Shaw, Lina Pugh, Emma-Lee Purcell and Amanda Knights are all giving up something for the 10-day detox. Credit: South Western Times, Jon Gellweiler

Drug support group Doors Wide Open is setting South West residents the challenge to “pick your poison” to detox from over a 10-day period to gain insight into the lives of those recovering from addiction.

Chief executive officer Courtney Pugh hoped at least 100 people would get involved and said participants could forgo anything from chocolate to social media or even coffee.

“We would like it to be something you would normally not live without and over the 10 days we will all detox together to understand what it is like for someone who is detoxing from methamphetamine,” she said.

“What it feels like, what their body goes through and it gives other people the chance to really get that understanding that it is not as easy as people think it is.

“It’s not just giving something up, there is a big struggle that goes with it.

“It’s about spreading compassion and understanding through the community, that this isn’t something that you can just stop in one day – it’s something your body and your mind craves for the rest of your life.”

Courtney Pugh, Tennille(correct) Hamilton, Lina Pugh, Greg Shaw,Emma- Lee Purcell Amanda Knights are all giving up something for the 10 day detox.
Camera IconCourtney Pugh, Tennille(correct) Hamilton, Lina Pugh, Greg Shaw,Emma- Lee Purcell Amanda Knights are all giving up something for the 10 day detox. Credit: South Western Times

Registration is $20, with all proceeds used to help Doors Wide Open service the community.

“For $20 you can participate in the detox and you can raise more money from your family, friends and co-workers as well so that they are there to support you on the detox,” Ms Pugh said

“Its about raising awareness around family and friends as well.”

The detox will begin on June 11 and finish on June 20, which will be celebrated with a party.

To get involved, contact Ms Pugh on 0411 358 137.

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