More about state and government funded drug addiction treatment centres and services in South Africa.
More than 6 000 people, many of them children, die on our roads because of alcohol every year. The CDA has a ‘zero tolerance’ policy on drinking and driving and wants to see the blood alcohol level while driving reduced to zero. Add to the calamity of road deaths the fact that South Africa has an incidence of between 8 and 12% for FAS.
South Africa had the highest reported incidence of FAS in the world. FAS is 30 to 50 times more common than Down Syndrome and demands that strong action be taken. FAS cannot be cured. The damage done to the unborn child by a mother drinking during pregnancy is irreversible and permanent. FAS is one of the leading known preventable causes of mental retardation and defects and the CDA is determined to take strong action to reduce the incidence of FAS.
Individual counselling for drug addictions has proven to be one of the most effective ways to combat addictions and for clients to sustain their sobriety. Many people think that addiction is the core problem. However, substance use disorders are more often a temporary method to self sooth and cope with other issues that need to be addressed through counselling therapy.