NPO concerned about substance abuse during the festive season

The end of the year sees an increase in festivities as everyone goes into holiday mode and takes much-needed breaks. Unfortunately, this is also the period where we witness an increase in alcohol consumption and with that several negative consequences. We see an increase in road accidents with fatalities, an increase in violence especially gender-based violence as well other anti-social behaviours. The previous lockdown levels and alcohol bans did stem the flow of alcohol supply and consumption. Help Me Network, an NPO specializing in substance abuse is deeply concerned that now that we are on Lockdown Level 1 with relaxed bans on alcohol sales going into the festive season, we would see an increase in alcohol consumption. We are especially concerned about young people who will be embarking on this path for the first time and might become addicted. Patients who have progressed well and stayed away from alcohol will now be tested and are at risk of relapse.

We are sure that the concerns raised are not just ours. We have families, friends, acquaintances, etc. that are all affected by this scourge. To turn a blind eye would ask us to remain blind. We can’t unsee the damages that are caused nor can we wish it away. there is a desperate outcry on the street: What can I do? Where do I go for help?

At Help-Me -Network, we are willing to answer those questions with you. We believe that there are solutions and would love to work towards it with you.

This time of the year is often referred to as the “Silly Season”. However, it will only be such if you engage in ‘silly activities.”

Our offices will be closed from the 15th December 2021 and re-open on the 17th January 2022. We do however want to encourage you to seek assistance from the following institutions in the meantime:

AA  086 143 5722

NA Helpline (24hrs): 086100 6962



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