Alcohol abuse is when people are psychologically addicted to alcohol; they don’t think they can enjoy a night out unless they have six beers, six shooters and six glasses of wine. And they feel they need alcohol to cope with some situations, like stress at work.
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are both self-destructive behaviours, with far-reaching effects.
Alcohol abuse in South Africa
Alcohol abuse is rife in South Africa. It’s been estimated that about 30% of the population has an alcohol problem, but it’s also been said that the numbers could be significantly higher than that. The effects of the problem can be seen in the high numbers of domestic violence and violent petty crime, as well as the high number of road accidents in which alcohol has played a part.
Teen drinking and binge drinking are also serious problems.
Alcohol addiction treatment
The extent of the problem means that there are several support groups, rehabilitation centres and government initiatives to treat alcohol addiction. Some are more effective than others.
For example, some centres provide a safe place for alcohol abusers and addicts to get over the physical withdrawal symptoms; to detox, essentially. But they don’t have any other support systems in place and only refer addicts to other centres.
Other alcohol rehab centres offer more comprehensive services, such as in-patient programmes with group counselling, cognitive and behavioural therapy, and various creative outlets.
False Bay Therapeutic Community Centre is one of the latter. We have a holistic approach to treating alcohol and substance abuse that aims to heal mind, body and soul. We address the causes and not just the symptoms.
FBTCC is registered with the provincial Department of Social Development