The Anti-Drug Forum Centre, based at 17 Trisula Avenue, Arena Park, Chatsworth has seen numerous members of the community seeking assistance from substance abuse since opening its doors. The centre’s holistic multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation has seen success amongst those who are committed to ridding themselves of drug addiction.
Sam Pillay, Director of the Anti-Drug form said, “Support Group Therapy is an integral and essential component of the rehabilitation process. All those seeking rehabilitation and those who are in rehabilitation are urged to attend the Wednesday night support group therapy sessions which are held every week at the ADF Centre to ensure that relapse is prevented.” The support group is conducted by experienced social workers for those patients in recovery or seeking rehabilitation and the support system of the patient which may consist of parents, siblings, friends and caregivers. It must be noted that those persons in recovery have a better chance of staying drug free when they are surrounded by supportive caregivers.
Support Group sessions also offers the person in rehabilitation a platform to come to terms with what drug has done to his/ her life. Patients accept and understand how they have messed up their lives and the grief they have caused those who love them and themselves. The topics dealt with at the sessions are specific to mind set of the patient in recovery and empowers them with knowledge and coping mechanisms to deal with the conflicting emotions they are experiencing. Brandon Reddy, a patient in recovery sheds his insight on how the group aids him, “The Wednesday night sessions have helped me stay on track and drug free. Staying away from ‘sugar’(heroin) is difficult. One day you are okay and the next you want to go back. The support group sessions have helped me deal with my ‘cravings’, talk and resolve my feelings. I know now all things I have done wrong and how I hurt my parents. I apologized to them and with every week that I come to the session, things are getting better. I enjoy the sessions because it is presented in a fun way and no one judges you. It also is a constant reminder to me why I will stay away from that poison called “sugar”.
Attending the group therapy sessions is an essential element of rehabilitation and inthe years of the ADF’s existence, we have found that a non attendance of the support group often results in the relapse of the patient. Sam Pillay reiterated the importance of the support group sessions by saying, “We all are aware of the escalation of drug addiction within our society. We urge all parents and caregivers to attend these integral sessions. I also call on all those who have attended the programme in the past years and now have stopped, to return even if you have relapsed. Help is available to all those who are committed to rehabilitation.”
The support group sessions takes place every Wednesday night from 18:30 to 19:30 at the ADF Centre. For more information please call Tel No: 031 4046993
The ADF Team,