Substance rehabilitation centre opens

2015-11-04 06:00

AGAINST Substance Abuse (AASA) recently opened a substance abuse rehabilitation centre in Isipingo for children.
The initiative was launched in association with House of David at 121 Flamboyant Drive, Isipingo Hills.

Its premises are being used as an outpatient programme for pupils.
“The programme is open for anyone under 18. It is a five-day programme for children in the early stages of addiction. The average cost for rehab is R1 200 a day. The Isipingo community is struggling as there are many orphaned children living with their grandparents and they can’t afford to be put in rehab. The course we offer is guidance and we help them deal with issues instead of drugs,” said Against Substance Abuse founder, Bianca Holman.

“Child whoonga addicts who need further assistance will be sent to rehabilitation centres we are partnering with. Every Saturday there will also be a counseling service and support group meetings at House of David. We also host family support group meetings,” Holman added.

“We want to start from Grade 7 - they are mature enough to understand up to Grade 12. Many children are experimenting especially with marijuana. This is affecting school work and class behaviour and one child has already been expelled,” she said.

She commended Isipingo SAPS who often conduct raids at schools.

“Although we are established in Isipingo, children battling with substance abuse from Amanzimtoti and surrounds will also be accepted into the programme,” Holman said.

The organisation is looking for sponsorship for the programme. For further information contact Holman on 073 153 5541.

THE PROGRAMME IS OPEN FOR ANYONE UNDER 18. IT IS A FIVE-DAY PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN IN THE EARLY
STAGES OF ADDICTION

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