Substance abuse treatment site opens

Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien at the opening of the facility.
The Health Department has opened its latest substance abuse treatment site at the Eerste River Clinic.

Six other sites have been in operation in Manenberg, Delft South, Milnerton, Parkwood, Tafelsig and Town Two in Khayelitsha.

Two qualified social workers and a clerk will be available to help clients through a 16-week programme, based on the evidence-based Matrix® model.

Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien, said: “This treatment site is the first in what we refer to as Area East, within the City. There is a need for community-based alcohol and drug treatment services in this ever-expanding and developing area. Our clinic staff have also detected a trend where some of our clients are also dealing with alcohol or drug abuse. These are some of the reasons why we decided on this area as the location for the latest Matrix® site.”

The substance abuse programme is available to walk-in clients who are able to enter the programme immediately after a professional assessment and drug and alcohol screening.

Councillor Badroodien has encouraged Eerste River residents, who need help with addiction,  to visit the facility.

Clinics are open between 8am and 4:30pm on weekdays.