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Murugi Munyi opens up on alcohol addition in her family

By Elizabeth Ngigi September 12th, 2023 2 min read

Content creator, Murugi Munyi, has delivered a heartfelt message of support to individuals grappling with alcohol addiction.

During an interview with Lynn Ngugi, Munyi, a mother of three, opened up about her family’s struggle with addiction, particularly highlighting her sister, Dora Obwaka, known as “Jesus Girl,” who has been fighting alcoholism for nearly a decade.

Murugi Munyi shared her personal experiences, recounting the challenges and emotions associated with her sister’s long battle with addiction.

“My dad, while he was financially available, was absent both physically and emotionally due to his own struggles with alcoholism during my upbringing. Now, my sister has been grappling with addiction for ten years. It has been a rollercoaster journey for her and our family,” Munyi said.

Munyi expressed empathy and a deep understanding of the struggles faced by those battling addiction, drawing parallels between her sister’s experiences and the well-known Kenyan athlete Rono, who has also faced addiction issues.

“You can’t truly grasp the gravity of addiction until someone close to you is affected. Addiction is a formidable disease. Currently, my sister is in rehab, which is a positive step forward. We know where she is, and she is receiving the care she needs,” Munyi shared.

Discussing the emotional toll of addiction on extended family members, Munyi emphasized that addiction can be extremely draining, both emotionally and financially.

“There have been moments when my sister has managed to stay sober for up to a year. As her family, we stand by her side. I often remind her that it’s never too late to change, even if she sometimes compares herself to her peers who are already married and employed,” Munyi stated.

She offered valuable advice to individuals facing addiction:

“Society may make you feel like a burden, and it can be incredibly frustrating. Hold on to those who understand your journey through addiction. Love and support are crucial. Rehabilitation is not inexpensive, and there’s a chance that someone may leave the program after considerable investment. For anyone facing addiction, my advice is to surround yourself with people who recognize your effort and journey. Keep trying, take it one day at a time, and remember there is value in every attempt.”

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