Exploring the perceptions of staff regarding the services offered at a substance abuse rehabilitation centre for women in Cape Town
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Substance abuse has become a significant public health concern in South Africa, more specifically in the Western Cape province. This has become a source of great alarm as South African Police Service (SAPS) statistics show that 80% of the crimes committed in the Western Cape are related to substance abuse. The Western Cape was the province that reported the highest number of persons treated during the 2008-2010 period. During the period January to June 2016, there were 2,976 admissions across all treatment centres in the Western Cape, which was a slight increase compared to the 2,674 admissions during the previous six-month review period. It has also been reported that substance abuse has increased the burden on an already challenged primary health care system in South Africa. The proportion of new treatment admissions amounted to 71% of all admissions during the period 2015-2019.