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NC to get more drug rehab centres

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“This is just the beginning. We are here to work with you and support you.”

OPEN: Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu officially opened the Northern Cape Substance Abuse Treatment Centre (NCSATC) on Friday. Seen from left are: MEC for Education Martha Bartlett, Premier Sylvia Lucas and Shabangu. Picture: Supplied

A PROMISE was made at the official opening of the Northern Cape Substance Abuse Treatment Centre (NCSATC) by Social Development Minister Susan Shabangu that similar centres are on the cards for the Province.

“You are not going to remain with this one centre. We have to make sure we develop other centres,” Shabangu said.

The 40-bed facility, which opened its doors in Kimberley on February 4 this year, offers a three-month recovery programme to those who want to rehabilitate themselves.

“The main aim of the centre is to assist addicts to not only kick their addiction, but also to help them reintegrate into society,” Eugenie Snyders, the centre’s manager, said at the time.

“We want service users to be successful when they leave the centre. With that said, we want them to come in wanting to recover. Rehab facilities are only as successful as their users.”

At the official opening, Shabangu said that substance abuse affects everyone in society irrespective of social, religious and cultural situations.

“We also know that drug and alcohol abuse has become a major cause for concern, especially in Northern Cape. We know that it affects our youth, our adults and families are also affected by substance abuse. One way or another we are all affected as we know of someone who has become a victim of substance abuse.”

She added that by building this centre it would help to ensure that foetal alcohol syndrome gets minimised and is eradicated from society.

“This is just the beginning. We are here to work with you and support you.”

Shabangu also praised Premier Sylvia Lucas for delivering the centre on time.