YOUTH HEALTH, WELLNESS AND PRODUCTIVITY

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South Africa is, for a number of reasons, experiencing an unacceptable increase in alcohol substance abuse and its associated problems. Principal among them is the social and political transformation which has taken place on the domestic front, and our re-emergence as a member of the international community. The rapid disintegration of customary lifestyles, the proliferation and blurring of roles, the – cross cultural casualties resulting from urbanization and a global workforce in which desirable skills and qualifications are changing daily, in line with technological advancement, mean that a career path can be a minefield of uncertainty.

Added to this is the crisis of unemployment, sub-standard schooling which leaves many youth ill-equipped for the demands of tertiary education, rising crime levels and widespread corruption . Campus students, the stresses of these challenges are intensified by loneliness, lack of social skills, fear of not coping with academic requirements and depression. Addiction is not confined to the addict themselves: it impacts families, communities, the corporate sector, industry and all other areas of life. Moreover addiction is closely linked to domestic violence, broken families and a sense of futility among young people who have no role models, credible leaders or belief in a viable future.

The challenges faced by young people of Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Addiction, Mental Illnesses, Depression, Anxiety, Rejection, Discrimination, Trauma, Suicide, Psychological Problems, Social & Family Pressures, Unhealthy and Unmanageable Lifestyles, Prostitution, Sexually Transmitted Diseases; HIV Aids, Early Teenage Pregnancies, Health Problems, Crime, Gangsterism need expert, professional interventions.

Interventions such as Community Based Treatment, Recovery and Wellness Centres and After cares established in partnership with Local Drug Action Committees; that provide Out-patient Treatment could be very helpful. Also In Treatment and After-care; Prevention and Education; Community Development; Legislation and Research and Information dissemination; Community Recovery Coaching and Training. These centres offer: Peer Support, Professional Individual and Group Counselling, Physical activity, Therapeutic Exercises, Lectures and Written Exercises.