Tshepo-Tshepiso Substance Abuse Programmes

Tshepo-Tshepiso Substance Abuse Programme

We are currently primarily focused on the area of substance abuse and we have developed the Tshepo-Tshepiso Alcohol & Substance Abuse Combat Plan. This consists of the Express Awareness Programme, the One-Day Awareness Programme, the Three-Month Prevention Programme, and the Three-Month Relapse Prevention Programme

“People become addicted to anything that meets their deepest emotional needs. They will inevitably become addicted to one thing or another; the question is will that be a drug to escape, or a future to pursue?”

According to a study conducted by the South African Medical Journal, almost 20% of South Africans have a substance abuse problem – from alcohol to pain killers to marijuana to hard drugs. The South African landscape is overwhelmed by the rate of substance abuse, usually starting with alcohol and gradually evolving into the abuse of more addictive substances like Nyaope.

Over the years we’ve seen the evolution of patterns of drug-use, for example from a socio-economic perspective, the practice of Blue-Toothing. Blue-Toothing is the practice of drawing blood from the person who is high and injecting that blood into another person. This shows that economic affluence is no longer a barrier to being drawn into a habitual pattern of substance abuse.

Substance abuse is an enormous problem in South Africa and around the world and it’s becoming bigger.

The Express Awareness Programme

The Express Awareness Programme includes a Rock Star Interactive Drumming ice breaker and a strategic conversation session. This programme has a 2-3 hour duration.

The One-Day Awareness Programme

The One-Day Awareness Programme starts with registration and then each participant receives a snack and juice (in under-privileged areas). This is followed by an introduction and each participant receives a JAMbe drum to play on for the session.

Participants then enjoy a Rock Star Interactive Drumming – Concert Experience for an hour followed by a strategic conversation workshop.

This is followed by a group therapy session which does NOT delve deep into issues because of the time limitation, but discusses relevant issues on a basic level and offers solutions to the most common problems.

This is followed by a life coaching session which discusses the importance of having a plan for your life and goes through a basic goal setting workshop.

During the programme participants are observed and individual counselling sessions are arranged where the need is identified.

The Twelve Week Prevention Programme

Each week starts with registration and opinion polling which is recorded on a database and quantified to provide useful feedback and charts for the use of Mosito as well as major sponsors.

This is followed by a snack and juice. On the first week participants receive a “Passport” which is stamped each week for attendance, achieving goals, as well as making notes. On the first week participants also receive their JAMbe drum which they get to keep forever.

Each week participants bring their drum and work through a musicianship jump-start course called funDRUMentals. Starting from week 10, participants start developing a JAMbe performance item to perform at the National Eisteddfod.

This is followed by a strategic conversation workshop and a psychology group session, and checkout.

On week 9, the strategic conversation is replaced by a career guidance workshop.

For weeks 10 and 11 participants enjoy life coaching sessions which runs through getting a vision and planning for its realisation.

On week 12, participants share testimonials and stories about what changes they’ve noticed in themselves and their friends, as well as any other outcomes. They then receive awards for their participation and achievements. Finally, as a grand finalé, participants perform their Eisteddfod item for the whole group.

The Twelve Week Relapse Programme

This is exactly the same as the Twelve Week Prevention Programme, but the topics discussed has more emphasis on users who have relapsed. Some participants may have been court ordered to participate in the programme.

Their is a higher focus on individual (vs group) counselling and there may be cases of voluntary or even non-voluntary admission into rehabilitation centres.

This programme was created specifically for The Gauteng Department of Social Development.

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