Life Healthcare Group and the Gauteng Department of Social Development have opened an in-patient substance abuse treatment centre in Randfontein, West Rand, reports Health-e News.
The centre, which will accommodate 900 inpatients, opened its doors on 26 June 2016 and already has 200 patients.
According to Morgan Mkhatshwa, the Life Esidimeni’s MD, the Life Recovery Centre and Halfway House will cater for substance abuse patients in Gauteng, and target the West Rand region, where there’s a great need for such services.
“The Life Recovery Centre is a high-quality hospital based substance abuse treatment centre for those who cannot afford private rehabilitative care,” said Mkhatshwa.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane Zulu urged people not to judge addicts but to help them “because they did not choose or fill in application forms to become drug addicts”. She said for communities to win the drug battle they needed to work together and take collective responsibility for all children. “Unless we get that right, we are never going to win this battle,” she said.Health-e News material