Addiction Awareness

Written by Scott & Michele. Posted in blog

Addiction Awareness Campaigns


Did you know that addiction affects people from all backgrounds, gender, race, religion and age groups?

Addiction Awareness is about sharing a message of information and inspiration in our community.

The age group most vulnerable to addiction is 18 – 28.  Young people fall into the trap through peer group pressure.  Difficulties in fitting in at school, coping at home, or dealing with stress expose them to seek out the release that comes from using a mind altering substance.  Some of the frightening statistics are:

  • The leading drug of abuse in South Africa is Marijuana followed by Alcohol and Cocaine
  • 130 People die daily as a result of alcohol
  • Studies show that people who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become alcoholics
  • Tik (methamphetamine) is the main drug of choice for 42% of Cape Town drug users
  • In 2012, 80% of grade 8-12 learners in a Gauteng survey said they regularly consume alcohol. Almost three in every 10 pupils – 26.9% – who participated in the study said they use illicit drugs, with dagga the most popular. A total of 95.4% of the drug users said they used it
  • The use of dagga has increased by 20% in two years

What starts out as fun, turns into a nightmare for the addict and their families.  Absenteeism in the workplace is largely due to drug or alcohol abuse.  Addiction costs South Africa millions of Rand.  You may know someone who is showing signs of addiction such as neglecting responsibilities, behaving irresponsibly such as having unprotected sex and driving under the influence.  Physical symptoms of addiction can be loss of weight or a change in sleeping patterns.  Psychological warning signs can be drastic changes in mood or lack of motivation.

We have several projects as part of Addiction Awareness:


  • Age appropriate, drug specific presentations for adolescents
  • Information presentations for teachers and / or parents

Corporate environments

  • Presentations specifically suited to the different needs of different corporates


If you, or someone you know may have a problem with drugs or alcohol, help is available not only for addicts, but for family and other people affected.  The best place to start is by visiting your doctor, or seeking help from your local clinic.  Help is also available for both the addict and family of the addict through support groups and there is no cost for attendance.

Outpatient is another form of treatment which allows the addict to continue to work, attending a programme in the evenings.  Finally, there may be no other option but to have the addict admitted to a primary treatment centre where they will stay for a set period of time whilst they begin the journey of recovery.

Contact us for more information


Call:        +27 76 409 7351


What is an Intervention?

Written by Scott & Michele. Posted in blog


What is an Intervention?

Sometimes our loved ones cannot see that they have a problem.  Even when their lives are completely out of control and their actions are causing their families and friends heartache.

Simply put, an intervention is the use of an experienced professional to help an individual dealing with addiction see what others in their life have been seeing for some time. Our team can help all parties acknowledge the issue at hand, setting appropriate boundaries and start the process of healing.

When is an intervention necessary?

An intervention may be necessary if an addict is in denial related to their addiction, has any reservations related to going into treatment or getting help, or is resistant to hearing what their families are saying.  Not being open to the idea of treatment is common with addicts so an intervention can help them see life in a new light and make them more receptive to the idea of getting help. There are times when the addict doesn’t take the help being offered and it might appear that the intervention was a failure.  The fact is that a dialogue has begun between all parties and change is inevitable as a result of that conversation.  While an intervention is not always necessary, it is life changing for all regardless of what the addict decides.

Meteffect can help

There are times when an intervention is a needed and critical part of someone’s recovery. Whether it be hearing what a family has been feeling and experiencing from a neutral source, or helping someone see the severity of their addiction.

What kind of intervention?

We realise that there is more than one solution and that everyone has different needs when a turning point has been reached, and the process of recovery can start.

For some an outpatient programme and counselling is sufficient for their needs to start recovery.  Others are suited to inpatient treatment which can be anywhere from 6 weeks (for people within a 50km radius from our centre), 3 months and as long as 12 months.  We also have a halfway house suited to those who work full time, but need a safe and therapeutic environment to return to in the evenings.

For more information and assistance:

Call:  +27 76 409 7351


Meteffect Inpatient Treatment Programme

Kenako Outpatient Programme

Kenako Halfway House