Drug Information | Western Cape Government

Drug Information


Did you know that the Western Cape Government has a special website dedicated to drug information? This website contains information on the dangers of drug and alcohol addiction, as well as the contact details of facilities offering rehabilitation.

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What is Drug and Alcohol Addiction?
Drug and alcohol addiction is characterised by a dependency on the use of a particular substance. There are many health and social consequences of drug and alcohol addiction and, in most cases, it can lead to the breakdown of families. The Western Cape has the highest number of reported cases of drug and alcohol abuse in the country, which has prompted the province to make it a priority issue.

What are the Treatment Options?

  • Out-patient treatment:
  • Out-patient treatment is a service offered to a person who uses drugs and alcohol in a harmful way, and whose behaviour affects the people around him/her negatively. This type of treatment involves attending regular sessions at a treatment centre, and is often equally effective as residential care but less costly.
  • In-patient treatment:
  • In-patient treatment means that the client will stay at a treatment centre for the duration of the rehabilitation process.

What are the Costs Involved in Rehabilitation Treatment?
Government rehabilitation facilities often provide treatment for little to no cost to the client, whereas government-subsidised centres have higher costs. Private treatment centres have varying costs but can be expensive in some cases. You are advised to contact the respective facility to enquire about any costs involved.

Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 24 June 2014