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Whoonga

Whoonga, also known as nyaope or wonga, is a dangerous drug that started to feature in South Africa around 2009. It’s typically a mix of black tar heroin and various additives, which can range from pharmaceutical drugs to household cleaning chemicals. These additives are used to increase the volume of the drug and enhance its […]

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Excellent intervention services

Hi Gareth Thank you for your excellent intervention services this weekend. I’m sure we would never have had the positive results if you had not been involved. In fact I think we would have done a lot of the wrong things and not have had any results at all! You were right about the fact […]

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Cannabis Culture

Cannabis has a history that is intertwined with many cultures, used for medicinal, spiritual and recreational purposes across ancient civilizations like China and Egypt. Its perception shifted in the 20th century as countries began criminalising it due to psychoactive effects concerns. In the 1960s and 70s, it became a symbol of the counterculture movement, advocating […]

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Prohibition

Prohibition, as a general concept, refers to the legal enforcement by governments to restrict or ban the production, distribution and consumption of certain substances or behaviours deemed harmful to society. Historically, the most notable instance of prohibition was the ban on alcohol in the United States from 1920 to 1933, aimed at addressing social issues […]

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Teetotaler

Teetotalism refers to the commitment or advocacy for complete personal avoidance of alcohol consumption, particularly in the form of alcoholic beverages. Individuals who adhere to teetotalism are known as teetotalers or are described as being teetotal. Worldwide, nearly 50% of adults abstain from drinking alcohol, not including those who have previously drunk but have since […]

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Tough Love

Bill Milliken’s concept of tough love is predicated on the idea that actions taken out of love, even if perceived as harsh, are ultimately for the individual’s benefit. He stresses the importance of ensuring that the person on the receiving end of tough love is aware of the caregiver’s affection and intentions. However, Maia Szalavitz […]

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We Do Recover From Binge Drinking in South Africa

In South Africa, a deep-seated culture of binge drinking spans across the nation, transcending community lines and rivaling even the country’s official national sports in popularity. This widespread issue is complex with roots in various social, cultural and historical factors. Despite South Africa’s ranking of 58th in global per capita alcohol consumption, a significant portion […]

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Opioid Epidemic

The United States faces a serious public health crisis fueled by the rampant misuse of opioid medications. Millions of people grapple with addiction to prescription and illicit opioids, leading to a significant rise in illness and death. Overdose deaths involving these drugs, particularly among young adults, have become a leading cause of mortality. Several factors […]

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90 Meetings in 90 Days

The “90 meetings in 90 days” strategy in addiction recovery involves attending a meeting every day for three months, either in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous to build a strong sobriety foundation and establish supportive community ties. This method is effective for forming healthy habits, achieving recovery goals, preventing social isolation and creating a safe, […]

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