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
- 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