Recovery Matters

World Drug Day 26th June

drugabusedayOn 26 June the global spotlight falls on World Drug Day

International Day Against Drug Abuse 
and Illicit Trafficking, 26 June

and we look at the concerning statistics regarding drug abuse as well as the role of rehabilitation in the treatment of addiction.

 The impact of addiction on society is far reaching. It is placing more pressure on medical aids than ever before as payment for not only the addiction, but also related illnesses due to the addiction, takes place.  In addition, the legal system is under pressure due to the ever increasing crime rate, with 50 % of all crimes that can now be attributed to substance abuse. The loss of productivity in the workplace is also costing the economy millions.

Yet, society is asked not to judge. Nobody chooses to become addicted and it is a gradual, yet degrading, physical and psychological process.

The abuse of psycho-active substances has become the solution for people to escape from their harsh realities and “even prescription drugs have become a problem” as it is used as a crutch to overcome daily challenges.

Addiction is defined by a loss of control, despite the negative consequences.  “The addiction to a drug causes a psychological inability  by a person to handle problems. Due to the immense psychological and physiological problems caused by drug abuse, it is interesting to note that after a while addicts no longer use the drugs to feel better, but merely to function normally”.

The increase in substance abuse requires a dynamic, yet sympathetic approach by service providers. At Houghton House: “We are proud of our facilities and the versatile and professional approach of our staff.

Our reputation is founded on our interaction with and support of our patients.

Houghton House offers a comprehensive range of treatment options. In-patient treatment spans both primary care (4-6 weeks) and secondary care (4-12 weeks). Outpatient treatment spans tertiary residential options and out-patient groups and therapy. Outpatient residential accommodation is halfway house accommodation, or aftercare and relapse prevention support, we offer the full continuum of care.

Services like medical assessments, individual, family, and group counseling; supervised recreational activities, and addiction education are incorporated into each of our programmes.

Our treatment programme is based on evidence-based cognitive behavioral, educational, and medical practices to promote and support individuals as they move into recovery and begin living a constructive life.

Lengths of stay and programmes are structured to accommodate the individual needs of clients at various points in their recovery — from detoxification to reintegration into the community.

Our programmes accommodate all levels of care in addiction treatment and our services are delivered in a step-down manner, decreasing in intensity as the client progresses through treatment.

Contact us www.houghtonhouse.co.za or call our office on 011 787 9142

24hr helpline 079 770 7532 and we can assist you with help for yourself or a loved one.

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