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Heroin addiction treatment
In January this year, a short video of a group of heroin users “bluetoothing” went viral. It was a shock to online viewers and left many rehabilitation centres in South Africa concerned about possible health risks.
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It’s no secret that drugs in pop culture has a heavy influence in our society.
Watch a movie or turn on the radio and you will probably see or hear something about drug abuse.
Unfortunately, the consequences of drug abuse aren’t always portrayed accurately in pop culture.
A study dating back to the 1970’s explains how changing an addict’s environment can help them overcome addiction and avoid relapsing.
The study, which was heavily contested in its time, is now regarded as significant to current concepts about how we can change behaviours and how addiction can be cured.
The war on drugs has been going for as long as we can remember; from the trippy whippy LSD 60’s to Coke’d up 80’s then through to the dopey 90’s where Heroin usage spiked and Ecstasy and MDMA powered night clubbers.
Just like technology, drugs are constantly being tweaked and reinvented.
Every year at least 30 new “research chemicals” are introduced to the market, these drugs are then tested by the very willing rush junkies, psychedelic enthusiasts, drug dealers and geeks all hoping to find the next “Viagra” of recreational drugs.
Alcohol and drug dependency is a sad and ever-growing reality in South Africa.
Accessibility to illegal substances is at an all-time high, with children being exposed to all types of addiction (direct or indirect) from a very young age. Much evidence exists that substance dependency behaviour and its effects are passed down from generation to generation.
The range of drugs available to the average person on the street is alarming; the cost of drugs isn’t much of a problem as there are plenty of drugs available that are more affordable, with longer-lasting effects and with unsurprisingly far worse negative side-effects.
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