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 rate of substance abuse and substance abuse related crimes and illnesses at an alarming rate. We have hundreds of learners and adults arriving at our offices attempting to deal with their drug addiction. The steps to recovery from substance abuse is a long grueling process, during which both the substance abuse dependent and their families find it difficult to deal with and cope. Parents and families of the substance abuse dependent find it extremely difficult to accept and cope with the dark path that their child or loved one has taken. Many parents become helpless and unable to accept that their child has slipped into this world have even attempted suicide.
Sam Pillay director of the Anti-Drug Forum said: " Recovering from substance abuse addiction is not just about taking some detox medication! It is absolutely important that the patient seeks therapeutic assistance. Sessions include, understanding addiction, coping mechanism, setting new goals, building relationships, relapse prevention and other topics which will assist making a lifestyle change and stay "clean".
The Anti-Drug Forum is offering free psycho-social sessions. The Aftercare program is specifically designed for recovering substance abuse dependents, and will take place from Monday- Friday between 11:00 and 12:00pm.
There is also a support group session which has been designed to assist the healing process and create a strong support network. It is offered for the substance abuse dependants and their families. The support groups will take place every Thursday from 6:30pm. If you would like to attend please call in and book your place.
For further enquiries do not hesitate to contact us on 031 404 6993/ email: email@example.com
A new tradition was started by the Anti-Drug forum to host a High tea every month by our various SMART Clubs! The aim of this monthly event was to showcase the talents of our SMART Clubs learners in addition to raising funds! Sam Pillay Director of the Anti-Drug Forum said "The ADF believes that opportunities be created for youth to get excited about. They have fun while learning about the social ills of society. We are preparing our leaders of tomorrow.
Montarena Secondary SMART Club was the first high school to take on this project since its inception. They blew the crowd away with breath taking performances from the SMART Club learners including song and dance items and a play depicting the Cinderella story by the SMART Club and Drama students. When asked how the Anti-Drug forum impacted their lives SMART Club learner Jadeen Pillay said “it has made me more confident, it has made me understand what drugs are and what it does to our community. It basically ruins lives, and people can have fun without drugs, they just need to have the right company or right friends that have had a positive impact on their lives” Nicolas, another SMART Club learner added by saying “ Drugs should not be done at all!
The ADF Would like to congratulate Montarena’s Facilitator Rinelle Mudray, SMART Club Educator Mrs HP Pillay and the SMART Club learners and participants for putting together and hosting a wonderful event! It is heart-warming to see such lovely future leaders in our youth and we look forward to seeing more. In addition to the Monthly High Tea’s the ADF will be hosting their annual Dinner and Dance Friday 12th September 2014, at the Kharwastan Civic Hall.
It's going to be lots of Fun with Latin Vibes Ft Anthony Patrick! To purchase tickets or if you have any enquiries you may call us on 031 404 6993 or visit our offices on 17 Trisula Avenue Arena Park, Chatsworth.
The ADF Team,