Support for Addiction and Prevention in Africa

Initial screening of people who sought outpatient treatment revealed 80 percent (38 out of 47 members) were in their late stage of addiction. This meant that there were limited chances of them regaining their sobriety without attending some kind of treatment program. Interviews conducted also showed that substance dependency had adverse socio-economic and medical effects on both themselves and their families. The most pronounced among these was domestic violence including physical, sexual assaults and withdrawal of economic support to the family members. A number of these individuals were involved in risky sexual behaviors including having multiple sexual partners and having intercourse without any form of protection against sexually transmitted infection.

Program Structure

The treatment program involved group work, psycho-education lectures and individual sessions, Monday through Friday 9 am to 1 pm. During these hours they attended lectures and group counseling sessions and meet individually at least twice a week with their addiction counselors. Participants were also encouraged to attend self-help support groups, namely AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and for those who were HIV positive, a support group for PLW-HIV with addiction problems

Systemic Challenges for Clients in Recovery

SAPTA NGO is actively working to overcome the difficulties in provision of treatment services for low-income individuals. Problems such as lack of educational literature and video resources are being addressed immediately through partnership with American recovery organizations.

Social problems due to dysfunctional families and underemployment or unemployment also contribute the challenges of maintaining an addiction-free lifestyle. In some cases family members or the participants themselves were engaged in brewing and selling chang'aa (the locally made spirits). Often the entire social structure, including family and friends and work colleagues had some problems with addiction. Many participants depended on the informal network of casual labor for their livelihood and this reinforced a need to maintain relationships with addicts.

Idleness of the unemployed presents a tremendous challenge for clients in recovery. Clients may have little productive outlets for their time. In a densely crowded slum recreational activities such as pool games, dancing and even watching movies takes place in drinking establishments, increasing cravings and the likelihood of relapse.

The time commitment of the treatment process is a challenge for many individuals as the are required to seek causal labor to support themselves. As demand for SAPTA NGO services grows it is clear that a critical component of sustaining long-term recovery will be helping clients find alternative means of productive livelihood.












































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