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Problems with drug addiction South Africa
Like most other countries, the social divide does not exist when it comes to drug addiction in South Africa. While many might argue that the cost of drugs is too high for the poor, their currency for obtaining drugs is not money. Substance abuse in schools is not the shock it used to be and many young people support their own habits by dealing the drugs to their friends.
All kinds of drugs, illegal and prescription, are available and you only had to show interest in the right circumstances to be drawn into that world. And this is not the seedy back-alleys of the cities where this happens, but at the high-class parties and venues of the wealthy as well. Never let yourself be fooled into thinking that South Africa is unique in this. It is more likely to the rule, rather than the exception when it comes to the drug trade.
While the problem is unlikely to go away, people’s circumstances are not simple to classify or change, there is help available. Depending on the drug, and how long your addiction has lasted, a program can be followed that is suited to your needs. The programs on offer are extensive and will typically include chemical or medicinal treatments as well as behavioral therapy. Substance abuse, whether it is hard drugs, nicotine or alcohol, has at its core a reason why the person became addicted in the first place. New behaviors may need to be adopted, or old behaviors completely avoided for the future of successes of the addict.
There are several such drug rehab facilities in South Africa, and they do fantastic work, but still the problem is swept under the carpet as if it does not exist. Being embarrassed or ashamed if a close family member struggles with an addiction, is not going to help. What is going to help is contacting a facility close to you to obtain their advice as to the best way to proceed. Sometimes the substance addict recognizes the problem and will voluntarily go for help, but in cases of denial or severe addiction an intervention may be the only way to save the life of the person you love.