Help with Substance Abuse

Description:
Community-based, primary and hospital-level mental health services for children, adolescents and adults with substance abuse problems are available.

Clients with substance abuse problems can access treatment from primary mental health clinics.

Outpatient detoxification may be offered at primary level, if necessary. Clients who are dependent on substances may, depending on the substance and other factors, experience mild to severe withdrawal symptoms when they stop using these substances. Detoxification is a medical intervention which helps in minimising the physical and psychological impact, and managing possible medical risks of withdrawal from the substance, before the client goes for further treatment and rehabilitation

When a client's substance abuse problem requires more intensive services, the following services are available:

Regional Hospitals (secondary level) offer detoxification services for people with alcohol and drug dependency prior to admission to the abuse treatment centres for further treatment and rehabilitation.

De Nova Treatment Centre in Kraaifontein is fully subsidised by the provincial Department of Social Development and provides in-patient treatment for alcohol and drug dependency. The service is for indigent clients and for those who have been referred by the criminal justice system. Psychiatric and psychological services are given on a sessional basis by mental health professionals employed by the Department of Health.

Some NGO-run substance abuse treatment centres are registered and partly subsidised by the provincial Department of Social Development. A few private substance abuse treatment centres are licensed by the Department of Health to offer substance abuse treatment programmes inclusive of detoxification services programmes. Stikland Hospital also provides in-patient services for alcohol rehabilitation.

Instructions:
Each centre has specific referral procedures and these may be obtained by calling the centres, which are listed in the mental health directory.
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Government Body: (Department of Health, Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 5 September 2013