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When it comes to quitting drug addiction, many are not so willing to do it. Not only because they don’t want to, but many of them think that they can’t make it. This mindset is also the reason why drug addiction has become a serious problem through the years. It has also been the root cause of so many crimes that are happening today across the globe. Many people who use drugs also refuse treatment even when they are aware that it’s available.

But this is not the case in Tshwane as about 4o youngsters stormed a drug treatment center to seek treatment. But the thing about this aggressive move is that, they still need to follow proper procedure. Doing so will help them to better take the treatment and make their treatment more effective so they can get back on their lives.

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Staff at a rehabilitation centre in Tshwane were stunned when a group of youngsters stormed the facility‚ some accompanied by parents‚ demanding to be treated for addiction.

About 40 youngsters descended on the Dr Fabian and Florence Ribeiro Treatment Centre in Tshwane on Saturday night‚ seeking admission without being properly processed in terms of rehabilitation procedures.

Gauteng MEC for social development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza welcomed the news but raised concerns. “We are encouraged by the interest amongst the youth in Tshwane to find solutions themselves. But it is important that proper procedures are followed. Otherwise we run serious health risks‚” she said.

“If patients are not clinically assessed to eliminate possibilities of communicable diseases‚ this might create untold health problems. Secondly‚ such good initiatives could be easily used by rival gangs who could place the lives of current patients in danger‚” Mayathula-Khoza said.

She said that first prize was always prevention and early intervention. “I understand these young people were joined by some of their parents. I wish we could have them cooperating with government to ensure prevention because it is the most primary proactive measure. We have several services including our Ke Moja campaign – which is slang for ‘I am OK without drugs‚’” the MEC explained…

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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