Nkangala’s Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre to minimize the gaps in substance use prevention, treatment and recovery.
The impact of substance abuse and addiction continues to negatively impact families, communities and societies. It further poses long term harm on the individual, health, public safety, productivity and economic development in many South African communities and threatens its overall smooth functioning.
The burden brought in by the effects of drug abuse and illicit trafficking necessitates the need to understanding the projected economic cost and future potential harm of this by developing effective policies, strategies and interventions on substance use disorders and to also deliver hints on ways in which drug abuse can be halted altogether.
Noting that individuals struggling with substance use are likely to develop disorders that makes it very difficult to break away from, and the likelihood of having their lives spinning out of control being higher, the provision of treatment and rehabilitation services should be the starting point in addressing this challenge and eliminating further long term effects
Progress is being done to improve treatment for substance use and related effects by the Department of Social Development’s continuous efforts in delivering services and programmes relating to drug abuse and illicit trafficking and other interventions through the substance abuse programmes. This includes the provision of rehabilitation centres as short-term supportive service for those suffering the effects of addiction as a result of substance abuse.
One of these rehab centres is the Nkangala treatment centre which just recently opened doors officially after years of construction. The long-awaited state of-the-art centre for Substance abuse rehabilitation and treatment was officially operationalized in November 2020. This centre boosts the state of the art facilities and infrastructure that can accommodate up to 50 male service users with alcohol and drug-related challenges. It also has a team comprising of a 30 health professionals and 12 administrative staff
The centre seeks to delay or prevent the initiation of substance use and to reduce the progression to disorders and the likelihood of developing long term irreversible harm later on in life, detoxification treatment and programmes to help those suffering from drug use addictions to control and discourage drugs intake, and addressing health and social consequences of drug use, social reintegration and recovery services to support individuals on their path to leading a drug-free life.
Service users will be admitted and accommodated for a period of 12 to 16 weeks and then referred back to the referring agencies where they attend lifelong aftercare programme as outpatients. More information and requirement on the admittance at the centre can be obtained by contacting your nearest Social Development offices or contacting us on 013 766 3612 or 013 766 3158