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Widespread Alcohol Drug Abuse in Fishing

Working in the fishing industry requires the fishing crews to be away from home and on the sea for extended periods of time. It’s not uncommon for fisherman to rely heavily on alcohol and drugs to pass the time while they are at sea for sometimes months at a time. Ixande drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Cape Town regularly treats clients from the fishing industry for alcoholism and drug addiction. Cape Town and the Western Cape is home to thousands of fisherman and makes up a large portion of the South African fishing industry. Many of these fisherman are alcoholics and and frequently abuse drugs. Tik, the South African equivalent of crystal methamphetamine is one the most widely abused drugs in Cape Town, firstly because of its relatively low cost and also because of its widespread availability. Being at sea for days and sometimes months at a time, so many of the fishermen will pass their free time abusing drugs and alcohol. In many cases it is a form of coping with being away from family and also dealing with boredom. What often happens in the fishing industry is that the boats will be manned by a crew of several members. It only takes one or two of these fishermen to bring alcohol and drugs on board the fishing vessel and before long even those that don’t have a problem, find themselves becoming regular drinkers and drug users.

It is estimated that the South African fishing industry loses hundreds of thousands of dollars every year as result of lost productivity and negligence resulting from alcoholism and drug abuse. South Africa has a thriving addiction and alcohol treatment industry and is home to some of the worlds best treatment specialists and drug rehabilition centres in Cape Town. For those that are able to afford it, there is no shortage of drug rehabilitation centres in Cape Town. Ixande is one of the longest running and most successful drug rehabilitation centres in Cape Town. Ixande caters for clients from all walks of life and caters for a large number of overseas clients, particularly from the United Kingdom and Holland. Ixande drug rehabilitation centre specializes in treating clients suffering from alcohol addiction, drug addiction, sex addiction, gambling addiction and codependency. Ixande has a diverse and highly qualified team that facilitates the treatment program that the centre provides. It is very common for people who suffer from addiction to struggle with multiple addictions simultaneously. There is a vicious cycle of abuse that continues, the one addiction feeding into the other. The alcoholic or drug addict may struggle with gambling addiction or sex addiction at the same time. At present it is only the more financially able fishermen that can afford treatment for drug and alcohol abuse but Ixande is a cheap rehab in Cape Town when compared to international standards and the quality of the treatment provided to their clients.