Support for Addiction and Prevention in Africa

Addiction Prevention
 

Addiction Prevention Workshops and Programs

Brain Development, Mood Altering Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS
These workshops inspire and train a group of young people to hold various leadership positions in SAPTAs extended network of volunteers who create awareness about the health and social hazards associated with teenage substance abuse

In 2009 four 2-day workshops were held with approximately twenty-five participants per session. Participants included out of school youth, HIV/AIDS peer educators and some recovering young teenage alcoholics. Initially only one workshop was scheduled, but on the request of government officials and program participants, an additional three sessions were added.

The group freely discussed a wide range of issues including:

Why is the adolescence brain different from that of an adult?
How does the alcohol consumption affect the teenage brain?
What are some of the dangers that young girls predispose themselves to when they consume alcohol
What is the relationship between teenage alcohol consumption and HIV/AIDS?

- Over the course of the sessions 95 teenagers reported they became empowered to: Resist peer influence that may get into consumption of mood altering drugs.
- Reach out to their peers on issues relating to substance abuse and HIV/AID.
Systemic Challenges

Economic, Education and Social Empowerment Opportunities
The participants conveyed a very clear message that an addiction-free lifestyle was impeded by high unemployment rates and lack of recreational facilities. Development of micro-enterprises and club/recreational facilities are a high priority for the SAPTA NGO in coming years.

Participants also said that there is considerable misinformation about consumption of mood altering drugs. Most prevalent is the belief that marijuana will enhance brain function and improve performance. The participants agreed that more education and outreach is clearly necessary.

PREVENTION AWARENESS GROUP
The Prevention Awareness Group (PAG) is a part of SAPTA's substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention program. It was initiated to accomplish the following objectives:

* Create awareness among the risky population (alcohol using HIV/AIDS persons, female commercial sex workers, bar patrons, and out of school youth) about the risks associated with alcohol and drug abuse in respect to HIV/AIDS;
* Prepare those who were chemically dependent to be aware of the free treatment services available in SAPTA
* Provide risk reduction education and support for high risk populations for both HIV/AIDS and substance abuse and dependency.

Program structure

164 high-risk individuals including commercial sex workers, cart pullers, spouses of alcoholics and out of school youth from three villages participated in two 8-week phases over 6 months.

The adult groups discussed helping participants improve their communication skills, understand the addiction process and its influences on family dynamics; and improve their understanding on the relationships between HIV/AIDS and substance abuse disorders. Discussion topics in the youth groups included improving the understanding of the risks associated with teenage drinking, improving their level of resistance to negative peer influences, how to avoid risky sexual behaviors and ways in which they can use their social ties to bring about positive peer influence.
Results

These youth participants learned avoidance of risky sexual behaviors and increased capacity to handle addiction problems among close relatives and spouses as well as gained on self-esteem. Twenty-eight participants sought voluntary testing for HIV/AIDS. The adult participants expressed appreciation for the parenting skills and communication skills taught. All members gained a sense of community through helping neighbors in the door to door HIV/ drugs awareness campaigns.

Group female participants from the Gatwekera adult group self-organized and formed a Substance Use Disorders (SUD) intervention group which sought out drug addicts and encouraged them join the SAPTA NGO outpatient program. Enrollment in the SAPTA NGO outpatient program and related community recovery support systems such as AA and the PLW-HIV support groups grew nearly 50 percent in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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