1. Substance Abuse Services
- Early Intervention
- Brief Motivational Interviewing
- After Care Services
- After Schools Groups
- Drug Testing
- Referrals to Treatment Centers
2. Early Intervention Services
- Clients assessing counseling or motivational interviewing to mitigate at risk behavior associated with misuse of substances.
- Assessment, motivational interviewing, brief intervention / counseling.
- Group therapy, information and education programs, life skills.
- Family preservation, after school support groups for children.
- Out-reached programs to businesses, churches, schools and community centers.
Total reached for 2015-1020
EQ services are accessible and effective to prevent learners from dropping out of school because of substance abuse challenges. Educators have gained valuable insights in terms of referrals of learners with substance abuse problems. Drug testing in schools are now supported by EQ’s intervention services for learners as well as their families. The involvement of family is critical in the treatment of a substance dependent client. It underscores a more positive outcome.
Highlights in Early Intervention
- The successful reintegration of clients after treatment to continue their education.
- Continued partnership with schools, Department of Education has seen a significant increase in the referral of learners tested positive for substance use.
- The initiating of two creative programs called the “Woman of Worth” and the “Conquerors”, aimed at empowering young women and boys to make positive choices, build self-esteem and promoting alternative activities to substance abuse and crime.
- The partnership with the University of the Western Cape saw 5 of our staff and volunteers completed the Substance Abuse Program and also FASS, subsidized by the Department of Social Development.
Challenges in Early Intervention in Service Delivery
- Appropriate location conducive for confidentiality
- Acceptance of dagga use in the community
- Clients presenting with behavioral problems due to parental substance use, challenging to intervene effectively
- Negative learner attitudes
- Insufficient contact time for individual therapy
- Learner resistance
3. After Care Services
Defining After Care:
Ongoing professional support to a service user after a formal treatment episode has ended in order to enable him or her to maintain sobriety or abstinence, personal growth and to enhance self- reliance and proper social functioning.
Total reached 90
Highlights in After Care
- Significant increase in our youth after care support group
- Empowerment of failure to deal with substance abuse and to create support for recovery
- Inclusion of unemployed clients in our Unemployment Program affording them an opportunity to attend a support group on a regular basis whilst earning a stipend
- Support Groups
- Skills Training
- Job Readiness
- Work Shops
- Provide Employment Link
Challenges of After Care Services
- Seeking Employment
4. Community Services
Equilibrium Youth Build Unemployment Program
Being a community based organization and active in 13 schools led to our increasing requests for employment from matriculates, school drop-outs, unemployed youth, and adults. A youth build program was initiated through the assistance of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to provide stipends to these unemployed community members.
The aim was to place unemployed youth as community work supporters with the organization, the schools, libraries and early childhood development crèches. This provides the interns with the opportunity to learn a new skill and gain work experience to enable them to enter the world of work.
Highlights of the Program:
- 60 interns were enrolled in a Job Readiness Program to assist them to become eligible for employment
- 10 interns were able to find secure employment
- Successful partnerships with schools, community libraries and local early childhood development crèches
- Providing an opportunity for youth to gain knowledge on networking and job opportunities linking them with Departments providing internships
- Enrolling recovered unemployed youth from substance abuse and staying sober and drug free
- Utilizing 12 social auxiliary workers and unemployed interns as facilitators of life skills after school programs, mentoring youth at risk towards positive change
- Providing an income, hope and an opportunity to uplift a generation to take control of their lives
- 5 youth completed Youth Leaders Program at the University of the Western Cape
- 15 completed the Basic Computer Course at the Communicare: Community Learning Centre