Addicts in England are afraid that taking benefits away will result in more crime, more anguish and a bigger burden on the British taxpayers. This is Will Semple’s view, a recovered drug addict and alcoholic who now works to help others overcome their addictions.
Despite Semple’s noble efforts, Hartlepool, in the north of England, still has one of the worst records in the country when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction. Semple battled drug and and alcohol addiction for more than 30 years before finding the Lord.
Semple is now the manager of The Ark, a Christian drug treatment center. The Government is proposing a system where addicts would be refused money unless they agree to attend regular drug treatment sessions.
“I don’t believe it is right to force people into going into getting help like this and I don’t think it would work,” Semple said. “I’m not proud of my past but I was addicted for 30-odd years, so I know what I’m talking about. There are guys out there who have been addicted to heroin for years and their bodies and minds have been wrecked by the drug. If somebody tells them their benefit will be taken away if they do not get help they will find other ways of getting the money.”