Substance Abuse Awareness Day – TODAY – June 26, 2019

Substance Abuse Awareness Day  26 June 2019

 

Today is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with the aim of creating awareness, strengthening action to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

Over the last 10 years, SADAG in partnership with the National Department of Social Development have worked in communities in all 9 provinces creating awareness and educating people young and old about the effects of drugs and alcohol. We have worked on various projects including the 24 hour Tollfree Helpline, community awareness workshops, school talks on Substance Abuse Prevention, starting Substance Abuse Support Groups in all 9 provinces and distributing brochures, armbands, handout and Speaking Books.

This year, SADAG is focusing on supporting loved ones and family members who are affected by substance abuse. Substance use and addiction doesn’t only affect the user, it also negatively affects the family and loved ones and can lead to the break down of families, trauma and burnout. This year, we are focusing on providing resources, free online help and access to tips and tools for families and loved ones.

 

Substance Use Survey

SADAG have launched an online Substance Use Survey to gather more data and better understand the challenges and treatments of those struggling with alcohol abuse, drugs over the counter, prescription medication, use and abuse. This research will help SADAG create better support programmes, information and advocate for better patient treatment in South Africa. The survey is open to anyone who has ever used or abused any substances. To access the quick online survey click here.

Please help us gather as much data as possible, please share the survey and encourage other to fill it in. Click the poster below.

Facebook Friday Online Chat

On Friday 28 June 1pm & 7pm

 

Substance use or abuse, doesn’t only affect the patient or user, it also affects the family and friends – They too need support and help. If you are a friend, family member, loved one or colleague dealing with someone who is using or abusing drugs, alcohol, prescription medication, or any form of addiction, please join the FREE online Q&A on Friday 28 June at 1pm – 2pm with Clinical Psychologist, Sharoni Tsarafi, and again at 7pm – 8pm with Clinical Psychologist, Samukelisiwe Mthembu.
The experts will be able to help answer your questions on treatment, caregiver burnout, what to do to avoid relapse, how to support and not enable addictions, tough love approach, etc. Please join the chat and learn how you can cope better.To join the chat, visit our Facebook page “The South African Depression and Anxiety Group” or click the Facebook Chat poster on our website.

 

How to get help

▪ The 24 hour Substance Abuse Helpline (0800 12 13 14) offers free telephonic counselling, referrals and support. The Helpline is available 7 days a week nationwide.
▪ To help encourage people to reach out, we have created an online “CONTACT THE COUNSELLOR” form. By clicking on the button on our website and filling in the short online form with your contact details, a counsellor will then contact you to help further.
▪ Are you thinking of speaking to a counsellor but you can’t make private calls whilst working? Do you feel uncomfortable speaking to a counsellor over the phone while you around your family? Why not make use of the online counselling platform on the SADAG website via your computer or cellphone. Click the Online Counselling pop-up bubble to chat to a counsellor LIVE – Monday to Sunday 10am till 2pm daily or visit www.sadag.org and click the pop up button.
▪ To learn more about Substance Abuse resources and tips on a daily basis follow the Ke Moja Substance Abuse Facebook Page.
▪ Are you unable to call us? SMS 32312 and a counsellor will call you back – available 24 hours a day.

The 24 hour Substance Abuse Helpline (0800 12 13 14) offers free telephonic counselling, referrals and support. The Helpline is available 7 days a week nationwide.

 

To help encourage people to reach out, we have created an online “CONTACT THE COUNSELLOR” form. By clicking on the button on our website and filling in the short online form with your contact details, a counsellor will then contact you to help further.

 

Are you thinking of speaking to a counsellor but you can’t make private calls whilst working? Do you feel uncomfortable speaking to a counsellor over the phone while you around your family? Why not make use of the online counselling platform on the SADAG website via your computer or cellphone. Click the Online Counselling pop-up bubble to chat to a counsellor LIVE – Monday to Sunday 10am till 2pm daily or visit www.sadag.org and click the pop up button.

 

To learn more about Substance Abuse resources and tips on a daily basis follow the Ke Moja Substance Abuse Facebook Page.

 

Are you unable to call us? SMS 32312 and a counsellor will call you back – available 24 hours a day.

 

 

Substance Abuse Toolkit

▪ To learn more about what Substance Abuse is and how to identify the symptoms click here.
▪ How important is support from loved ones? Watch an online video by Psychologist, Zamo Mbele, who explains the importance of support from a loved one.
▪ Click here for the Substance Abuse Prevention Brochures available in Afrikaans, English, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana and Venda.
▪ Are you worried about a loved one? Are you scared to confront them? Click here for tips on how to help a loved one who has a Substance Use or Abuse issue.
* Are you looking for help? Click here to see all the different ways that you or a loved one can contact the 24 hour Substance Abuse Helpline

 

Substance Abuse Speaking Books

SADAG in partnership with the National Department of Social Development have updated the popular “Say No to Drugs” Speaking Books. The New information and artwork focuses on warning signs, how to help a friend, impact of substance abuse and how to get help. The Speaking Book is targeted for youth in low literacy communities to help them. Speaking Books consist of colorful illustrations supported by straightforward and easy to understand text.
For each page there is a corresponding push button that triggers a recording of the text, so no matter the level of reading comprehension, the information will be seen, read, heard and understood with powerful results.
If you would like a Speaking Book for your school, NGO, youth group or church, please email your request letter to media@anxiety.org.za or call Busi on 0800 12 13 14 for more info.