Drug addiction is probably the most powerful destroyer of societies known to man. It is possible to fight terror because it is not a permanent state of being. It is possible to fight poverty because wealth can be created with discipline and intelligence. It is possible to arm a nation if it has the means to buy weapons and protect itself from invaders. It is possible to correct gender indignity by creating a level playing field for men and women. A definite sign of progress, for instance, is when a nation has had men and women governing it.

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The De Deur Health Centre has been inundated with calls and patients since opening its doors four years ago. The centre, in the Vaal, is South Africa’s first to cater for female patients struggling with drug abuse. Being outpatient in nature means that patients commute there daily. But, renovations are underway and once that is done and the centre, run by Crescent of Hope – a Muslim organisation – secures the necessary regulatory approval from health officials, it will operate around the clock.

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When a person starts the destructive journey of drugs, certain changes take place in his body and mind. He begins to behave abnormally and a change will be noticed in his behaviour, daily routine and social behaviour. Some  of the symptoms that point to a child, family member, or friend being addicted to drugs are the following :

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