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.