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Indicators of substance abuse treatment demand in Cape Town, South Africa (1997-2001)

B. Myers, C.D.H. Parry, A. Plüddemann
Curationis | Vol 27, No 2 | a968 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v27i2.968 | © 2004 B. Myers, C.D.H. Parry, A. Plüddemann | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2004 | Published: 28 September 2004

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B. Myers, Medical Research Council, South Africa
C.D.H. Parry, Medical Research Council, South Africa
A. Plüddemann, Medical Research Council, South Africa

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Abstract

Few studies have investigated the demand for substance abuse treatment in South Africa. This article uses data collected from specialist substance abuse treatment centres to describe substance abuse treatment demand and patterns of service utilisation in Cape Town for the period January 1997 to December 2001. Findings suggest that although treatment demand for alcohol-related problems remains high, treatment demand for substances other than alcohol has increased over time. Patterns of treatment service utilisation suggest that women and black South Africans remain underserved. The need for comprehensive and accessible substance abuse treatment services in Cape Town is highlighted and recommendations are made for improving access to treatment services, and undertaking comprehensive evaluations of existing treatment facilities.

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