Drug Rehabilitation: A Revolution in Therapies

Dr. Anwar Jeewa

It has become increasingly difficult to assist an individual to maintain long term recovery from substance abuse. Irrespective of which treatment centre the individual has been to, none guarantees a successful recovery. This is frustrating to individuals, their families and also service providers. The reason for this trend is not absolutely clear. Many treatment centres are rigid in use of their programs and depend on aftercare to improve recovery rates. Service providers are increasingly acknowledging that there is no one “best treatment” option as there are too many variations and complexities in reaching the goal of freedom from dependence and social reintegration. Hence the focus of this presentation, which is based on research to identify strengths and weaknesses of the different models/programs used in different residential treatment centres in South Africa with a view to recommending changes to accommodate such complexities and sustain recovery and the role of an antiaddictive herbal plant known as ibogaine in the treatment.

Audio: (To download, right click this link and select “Save File As…”) [audio:http://www.puzzlepiece.org/ibogaine/gita_conference_2012/anwar_jeewa.mp3]

Anwar Jeewa was addicted to cannabis, mandrax, heroin, alcohol, benzodiazepines and crack for a total of 17 years. He has been sober since the 30th of November, 1997. Since 2003, he has been the director of the Minds Alive Treatment Center in Durban, South Africa, which has been featured in Readers Digest. In 2006 he completed his Masters of Social Science with a thesis on “The Treatment of Substance Abuse in Residential Centres in the 21st Century.” He continues to publish and present, and is currently conducting research in a new residential treatment program with ibogaine.

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