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Trevor Gumbi: Nothing good came out of my drug use

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11 years on the dot after rehab, SA comedian Trevor Gumbi took some time out to reminisce on life before sobriety. In a very open and candid interview, Gumbi gave the details of how drugs took over his life over a decade ago.

Gumbi confessed to spending close to R5000 (US$333) daily on drugs and alcohol. He would often take a minimum of 4 grams of cocaine washed down by two bottles of whiskey. “It made me feel superior,” he said after being asked why he started taking cocaine. Gumbi, who was molested as a child, was introduced to drugs early on in his career to numb the pain of his traumatic childhood. “It made me feel invincible and it made me feel all the inadequacies I had,” he continued.

The euphoria, however, would always be short lived for a few hours before a bout of depression would set in. Not only was Gumbi depressed half the time but his addiction took a toll on his relationships. “My rock bottom was realizing that I’m about to loose my family,” he said.

This was just before he signed himself up for rehab late 2009. This year he will be celebrating his eleventh year of sobriety.


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