About

A treatment and counseling centre that improve livelihoods; through ensuring sobriety of the population affected by substance and drug abuse dependence.

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Location :
Zzana, Off Entebbe Road, Kolansi Omupya, P.O. Box 692, Kampala Uganda Kampala

Description

Uganda is counted among the countries with the highest rate of alcohol related burden in the world, however delivery and demand restrain strategies such as regulatory measures, prevention and treatment programs. This has resulted into crime, homicide, unemployment or lowered work productivity, family break-ups, child abuse, foster care, excessive health care costs, financial problems, injury, early death, and a gradual neglect of people (13-40years) in relation to drug abuse. Availability and accessibility of drugs are on the rise in all forms with no noticeable affirmative action. Ministry of Health (MOH, 2014) indicates that over 10% of Uganda’s population, now estimated at 39,234,256 million people (Uganda Bureau of Statistics, 2014), are abusers of alcohol, marijuana, heroin, aviation fuel, tobacco, amphetamine, pethidine among others.
It is imperative to note that the use and abuse of drugs and psychotropic substances has been a feature of mankind from time immemorial for adults and the elderly. However, 60% of the Ugandan youths are abusing substances majorly alcohol (Ministry of Health, 2010). Cases of users of cannabis and other drugs are on the increase especially in the slums of Kampala and other urban areas (Uganda Police, 2010). The Police Narcotic Section reports a high prevalence of drug abuse in places like Kampala, Arua, Mbale, Entebbe, Jinja, Mbarara and most urban centres all over the country. In Uganda, Drug abuse has been described as a problem especially among marginal groups, who are unemployed. Cannabis is mainly abused by street and school youths, as well as by armed forces; heroin tends to be consumed by urban and street youths; cocaine abuse is prevalent among high income groups; the corporate (Bankers, Lawyers, Doctors) and the business community.
In Uganda, Policy makers just like other Ugandans have not conceived addictions to be a serious sickness. As a country, we have paid little attention to this area as justified by the insufficient service points and lack of an effectual National Drug Policy (NDP). It is therefore imperative that the every Ugandan (Government, Civil Society Organisations and communities) aggressively and swiftly embrace substance and drug abuse as a serious problem in order to prevent the above mentioned repercussions. Recovery Solutions Treatment and Counseling Centre came up with this initiative to leverage government in the fight against this vice to foster livelihoods by ensuring a drug and substance free society.