VisionTo be the preferred service provider in the field of substance abuse prevention and treatment in the Western Cape
Mission StatementTo provide specialised outcome based substance abuse prevention, out-patient treatment, capacity building training as well as corporate services, by a multi-disciplinary team, to the communities of the Western Cape
Substance abuse services are rendered on three distinct levels:
- Primary Prevention necessitates taking action to build resilience and prevent substance abuse problems before they occur. This proactive prevention initiative focuses on alerting the individual and the community, through awareness programmes and developmental services, of the devastating effects of substance abuse has whilst simultaneously promoting healthy, positive lifestyles. The idea is to provide training and build capacity services within communities, enabling them to assist with the implementation of primary prevention programmes under the supervision of professional staff and trained substance abuse assistants;
- Secondary Prevention initiatives focus on high-risk groups such as youth and abused women and include persons in the workplace. The secondary prevention programme, which incorporates educational initiatives and life skills training, aims to reduce the severity of the consequences of substance abuse before they become even more serious. It also provides training for and builds the capacity of other professionals such as educators, nursing staff and social workers to intervene constructively;
- Tertiary Prevention is directed at those who have already developed a substance abuse problem. This programme offers a comprehensive assessment service and a basket of early intervention, out-patient and in-patient as well as aftercare services to substance abusers, their families and collaterals.
News & Events
- SANCA recognises that there is no legal provision for the medicinal use of marijuana. South Africa is amongst over 95% of countries in the world which have classified marijuana as an illegal substance. SANCA’s stance on the matter is in line with this legislation.
- It is of the utmost importance to take into consideration the fact that marijuana is not harmless. The fact that one third of all patients treated at SANCA nationally during the past year used marijuana alone or in combination with other substances testifies to this. International studies strongly support evidence that marijuana is the “gateway drug” to other drug abuse.
- There is no conclusive evidence that the medicinal use of marijuana would be any more effective than the medications which are currently registered with the Medicines Control Council. Further research in this regard is necessary.
- Comprehensive research outcomes (national and international) on the effectiveness of the medicinal use of marijuana must be weighed up against the proven harmful effects of marijuana use and the effectiveness of currently available medication. This will provide the basis for a review of policy on this issue which should include consideration of implications for health policy in general.