Prevention efforts need to start as early on as possible in order to curb the severe impact of substance abuse on individuals, families and society at large.
Prevention efforts need to start as early on as possible in order to curb the severe impact of substance abuse on individuals, families and society at large. Education is one of the key determinants in preventing drug and alcohol abuse.
There is no set time when substance abuse occurs; it could be childhood, early adolescence, adolescence or adulthood. It is critical to target the problem as soon as possible which is why abuse prevention strategies in schools and communities now concentrate on school-age groups. Programs aim to enhance communication between children and parents, to instil resistance skills, and to accurately inform children of the consequences of abuse. This includes correcting misperceptions about alcohol, drugs and other substances. Essentially, officials aim to use education and the media to develop an environment of social disapproval regarding drug use.Relapse prevention programmes nationwide in South Africa include Cape Town Relapse Prevention, Pretoria Relapse Prevention, Johannesburg Relapse Prevention, Port Elizabeth Relapse Prevention, Durban Relapse Prevention, Pietermaritzburg Relapse Prevention, Bloemfontein Relapse Prevention, Polokwane Relapse Prevention and Kimberly Relapse Prevention.
Individual counselling for drug addictions has proven to be one of the most effective ways to combat addictions and for clients to sustain their lasting sobriety and meaningful personal growth. Many people think that substances are the core of the addiction problem. However, substances are very often a temporary solution or coping mechanism used by the person to cope with deeper issues that exist in their emotional wellbeing. These emotional layers form over time and may need to be addressed through more focused talk therapy or addiction counselling.