Prevention programmes are primarily proactive measures that are implemented well before substance abuse takes place. Prevention involves education about the risks of substance abuse and its main aim is to impart life skills to capacitate individuals to resist taking drugs.
Early intervention focuses on preventing serious harm to individuals who have become addicted to substances but not yet require institutionalization.
- Early identification
- Motivational counseling
- Constructive intervention
- Group therapy for high risk groups
- Diversion programmes
Treatment consist of a continuum of interventions and support programmes that enable individuals to make healthier decisions about their lives and encourage them to move towards abstinence. In terms of section 9 of the Prevention and Treatment of Drug Dependency Act 20 of 1992 “No person shall manage any institution or other place maintained mainly for the accommodation and care of persons who are dependent on drugs or in which such persons receive physical, psychological, spiritual or social treatment, unless such institution or place is registered under this section”.
After care is a central component of the continuum of intervention and support. Assist people with substance abuse problem who have undergone treatment to follow a lifestyle of abstinence to avoid drugs
WHO IS ENTITLED TO THE SERVICE?
Treatment centres renders treatment, rehabilitation and after care services to service users who abuse or are dependent on substances.
Prevention services targets the community at large
HOW AND WHERE CAN THE SERVICE BE ACCESSED?
All the Department of Social Development Offices and NPOs.