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Topic: Drug AbuseDrug abuse has been escalating rapidly among teenagers in recent years. This has causenon-governmental organization to join the fight to stop this type of abuse. It is estimated morethan three thousand teenagers in Guyana have turned to substance abuse, mainly alcohol andmarijuana. The Salvation Army, the Transitional House and University of Guyana are helping tocurb this problem.The Salvation Army has been helping persons with other forms of problems since itopened in Guyana during 1895. However, their Drug Rehabilitation Programme took effect in1966. According to Captain Matignol Saint-Lot, who manages the program, he noticed that, the program which treats about 60 persons annually, they have seen more than 60 per cent recoveryrate. Patients go through counseling, therapy segments and anger and stress management. Theyare required to stay at the institution for the first six months of the recovery programme, but stillattend counseling and treatment sessions after they leave. With this figure, I believe that it is a programme that works for persons who want to make that change in their lives. It is good thatthey keep patients there for that period because if they are allowed outside there is no guaranteethat they will return. A relative of mine escaped after the first 3 months and never went back.Another non-profit organization that is helping to fight drug abuse is the TransitionalHouse which opened on February 2, 2008, in New Amsterdam, Berbice, by Eskar Adams, whowas once an addict himself.
Unlike the Salvation Army, patients are required to stay at the institution for the first 30 days,and it is also able to house women and children. Patients are assigned chores, yard work,gardening, and then exposed to educational programs. Their approach is different because theyoffer online meetings to allow patients to interact with persons from other countries and not being limited to what is happening in Guyana only. Assistance for the Transitional House comesfrom Social Work students at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus (UGBC) and PrisonOfficers, all of whom volunteer their time to give care and counseling to addicts.The University of Guyana is also helping to fight drug abuse by using a differentapproach. It is seeking to incorporate issues of Drug Demand Reduction into its Curriculum. InAugust 2012, a workshop was held to identify drug related topics for integration into thecurricula of undergraduate programmes. I agree with this approach because more persons will beexposed to drug related issues affecting us and will be more informed of the causes and effect.It can be conclude that there are different organizations that are willing to help fight drugabuse problems by using different approach without the need of making a profit. I think that our government needs to input more funds into these organizations especially small ones like theTransitional house, so as to help them grow and help the other persons they cannot immediatelyaccommodate.References:http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2012/03/18/helping-others-after-hitting-%E2%80%98rock- bottom%E2%80%99%E2%80%A6-eskar-adams-is-a-special-person/http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2008/11/10/the-salvation-army-rehab-centre/http://www.salvos.com/sawl/Caribbean_Territory_825_010109.htmlhttp://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2012/08/22/ug-curriculum-to-incorporate-drug-demand-reduction/

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