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Break the drug cycle
Changing habits: Isabella and Karu Hori, pictured with Isaiah, 2, and Waata, 10, encourage people to attend a seminar
next week that aims to provide teenagers and their parents with strategies on breaking away from drug and alcohol addiction.
Photo: FIONA GOODALL
By MICHELLE COOKE
ISABELLA and Karu Hori's eldest
son used to steal from his family to
fuel his alcohol addiction.
The 21-year-old is now in jail and
his parents believe alcohol played a
lead role in how their son Caine's
life has unfolded.
An alcohol and drug seminar in
Glen Innes next week will provide
parents and teenagers with inter-
vention strategies that aim to help
break the cycle of addiction.
He saw me going through quite a
lot of stuff and has just followed
from what I was doing -- with drugs
and marijuana,'' Mr Hori says.
got caught in the loop.''
When Caine was young he would
steal marijuana from his dad and
sell it to his schoolmates.
At 15, he acted as a lookout for a
Lotto shop burglary and has since
clocked up more than 30 convictions
for aggravated robbery, driving
charges and breach of bail.
Mr and Mrs Hori admit Caine
was influenced by their lifestyle,
growing up watching them drink
and take drugs.
They moved from Northland to
Auckland when he was a teenager
and things only got worse. He would
often break into the family home
and steal from them.
It had a massive effect on our
relationship and the children -- they
were always on edge,'' Mr Hori says.
Things just started unfolding. I'd
gotten involved in a lot of drugs at
that time and the effects it had on
our whole lives was the line in the
Mrs Hori gave her husband an
ultimatum -- break his addiction or
leave. She had turned to God two
years earlier and she prayed for
Mr Hori says she's the first per-
son to do that and it had an impact
-- he also turned to God and turned
his life around. He says that defin-
ing moment seven years ago, along
with support from family and
friends, helped him stop drinking
and taking drugs.
The whole dynamics of the fam-
ily changed because of that,'' he
But Mrs Hori says she felt for her
two eldest children.
They grew up watching us drink
and all of that and then all of a
sudden we were a lot stricter.''
They could no longer stay up late
or go out with their friends at night
-- and there was a strict policy of no
alcohol or drugs in the home.
Caine rebelled and left home. He
would often return when they
weren't there and steal their belong-
ings. They ended up having to take
a trespassing notice against him.
It was a massive guilt trip.
Where did we go wrong, did we not
love him enough, were we too
harsh?'' Mr Hori says.
The couple regrets that Caine
modelled his behaviour on theirs
but they also attribute his actions to
Spend more time with them,'' Mr
And really know who their
friends are,'' Mrs Hori adds.
Get into their world.''
They encourage other parents of
teenagers struggling with an addic-
tion to seek help from community
organisations and ask family and
friends for support.
Caine's release date is in Janu-
ary, 2012. He regularly keeps in
touch with his family over the
phone and they often visit him at
Auckland Prison in Paremoremo.
He has just started a three-month
drug and alcohol programme which
he enrolled in.
The Solutions seminar is run by
Teen Challenge which works with
young people and families struggling
with life-controlling problems. Other
community organisations that work
with drug and alcohol issues will
provide information at the
Wednesday event from 7.30pm at
His International Mission Church, 77
Line Rd, Glen Innes. Entry is by gold
A 27-year-old female cyclist died on
Wednesday evening while riding on
Shortly after 6pm Jane Mary Bishop
was riding along the waterfront road
towards Mission Bay, just past Kelly
In an effort to avoid the opening
door of a parked car, she fell under
a truck travelling alongside her.
The United Kingdom citizen died
from her injuries while emergency
services tried to free her from under
She had been working in New
Part of Tamaki Drive was closed
between Kitemoana St and Atkin
Ave until about 8.45pm.
Police are advising motorists to
check thoroughly for cyclists before
opening car doors or pulling out
from parked positions. An
investigation is under way.
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