Substance abuse prevention for adolescents: Scare tactics don’t work!

Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre offers talks at schools and other educational institutions on substance abuse.

These talks last between 45 minutes to an hour and encourage learner participation. They include information which empowers learners. We believe that being fore-warned is being fore-armed!

Topics covered:

•             The scenario among SA youth

•             Most common illicit drugs

•             Risk & protective factors

•             The teenage brain

•             Genetic factors

•             Social skills

•             The family

•             Peer groups

•             Social and environmental milieu

•             Mental health and substance use

•             The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Adolescence

•             What to do?

In order to book a talk, please contact

Announcement: CPD Training in November 

What is Understanding Addictive Behaviours about?

This two- day workshop provides a look at how substance use disorders are defined and diagnosed and which models of addiction are used to understand them. We look at stigma and how this can affect recovery.

Family has an important role to play in addiction recovery and we look at what are helpful roles and boundaries in this respect.

The teenage brain comes under the lens as we take a closer look at what makes this demographic so vulnerable to substance use disorders,  and finally a look at how our modern environment might be exacerbating these vulnerabilities.  

What previous delegates have said about our Understanding Addictive Behaviours workshop:

1. What information did you find the most helpful in the training session?

 “Adolescents and how the brain functions. Looking at dysfunctional familes.  I found the Spirit of MI and the actual tools the most helpful, because now I can incorporate it into my life and work.”

“Identifying and getting to know the behaviour of people with addictions.”

“Risk factors of drug behavioural problems.”

“ Brain development. Sunlight activity.”


2. What did you enjoy the most about today’s training?

“Informative; interactive.”

“To discuss the risk factors.”

“..I enjoyed receiving all the new information. I had wow moments always recognizing my own behaviours are risky.”

“ The talks, debates, videos.”

“Video clips and interaction among ourselves sharing personal experiences.”


3. Do you feel the training meet your expectations?

“Yes. It was a much needed refresher; also learnt a lot of new skills and info.”

“Most definitely!”

“Yes and more. I learnt new information and my perception on addiction has changed. “


4. How did you experience the trainer?

“Knowledgeable; helpful.”

“The trainer is so well equipped, experienced, knowledgeable in this. Well prepared. So grounded, so patient, intelligent. I loved her!”

 “Professional and presented very easy to follow.”

“Very interactive.”

“Very friendly, warm and welcoming. She ensured that I understood the material and could refer to examples to help explain concepts.”


5. Was the information presented clearly? Yes/No



6. Would you recommend this workshop to others.



Please contact Natalie at for more information.