Addiction to heroin also known as sugars, whoonga, Tywhite, and nyope, has reached alarming proportions in our communities. People don’t understand the highly addictive nature of heroin. If experimented with a few hits, one can get hooked and it cannot be wished away. Medical intervention will be needed to “shut” the receptors to kill the craving and withdrawal.
Effective private rehab centres are extremely expensive costing anything from R12500 – R13000. Access ability to the state rehab centres are difficult. There is a long waiting period for admittance. People therefore resort to easily available medication that assists with the withdrawal of heroin addiction. Subuxone and methadone are available through doctor’s prescription. Sam Pillay Director of the Anti-Drug Forum said: “we are extremely concerned with the unsupervised consumption of methadone. Methadone is also addictive and can be extremely dangerous when not used properly. We know of people who have consumed more than what was prescribed because of the hectic withdrawals experienced. This in effect is overdose; many people have died with methadone overdose. “
It is important that the dosage prescribed by the doctor is adhered to. It is also important for anybody on methadone to be on a psychosocial program as well. The Anti-Drug Forum offers this service on a daily basis free of charge. Medication on its own doesn’t solve the problem, there has to be a program as well. Relapse in inevitable if the addiction is not dealt with holistically.
For more information please contact the Anti-Drug Forum offices on 031 404 6993 or visit us on 17 Trisula Avenue, Arena Park Chatsworth.
The ADF Team,