Substance abuse clinic in Ekurhuleni to be opened on Friday

The Gauteng Department of Social Development, in partnership with Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, will officially launch the Alra Park Substance Abuse Community Based Day Clinic at Alra Park in Nigel on Friday.

With the second of its kind in the region, the model has proven to be successful in retaining drug users in the programme and the rate of completion has improved.

“The Gauteng Provincial Government has recognised the escalating rate of substance abuse in communities, especially among the youth. This has prompted government to strengthen prevention and awareness campaigns, including outreach programmes to educate communities about the effects of substance abuse,” said Gauteng social development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza.

The MEC added that service users requested to be assisted as they could not manage to stop drug addiction on their own.

“In many instances, this is due to the fact that the service user has reached dependency or chronic stages of addiction that needs medical and therapeutic interventions,” she said.

The community based day clinic will operate five days a week and for extended hours where service users will be provided with meals during the day. Services include comprehensive assessments by a multi-disciplinary team, therapeutic interventions, counselling, reintegration, after care and skills development.


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