Mandrax Addiction in South Africa

mandrax addiction

Mandrax addiction has been around since the 70’s in South Africa. Originally a sleeping pill it was banned when individuals started abusing it. When individuals stop abusing this drug, they experience severe withdrawal symptoms which make it difficult to stop cold turkey. The only way to successfully stop abusing mandrax is through an intensive medical detox in a drug treatment facility.

 What are the symptoms of Mandrax abuse?

  • Clumsiness
  • Headache
  • Poor coordination
  • Lack of concentration
  • Red puffy eyes
  • Restlessness
  • Stomach pain
  • Slurred speech
  • Weight loss
  • Yellow marks on hands

What are the Symptoms of Withdrawals from Mandrax Addiction?

Mandrax is a depressant. Its slows down heart rate and breathing to relax the body. When this drug is stopped, the following withdrawal symptoms occur:

  • Anxiety
  • Convulsions
  • Delirium
  • Excessive sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Tremor

Symptoms of withdrawal usually occurs within 12 to 24 hours of stopping the drug use.

Mandrax addiction Treatment rehab

ARCA rehabs offer medical detox, intensive inpatient and outpatient treatment. Once detox is completed the patient can then begin a rehabilitation program. When a patient begins a treatment program after detox they will have a better chance at a successful recovery. Treatment involves therapy to help the patient identify issues and behavior that cause the mandrax addiction. There are instances where a patient has an underlying mental condition. Individual and group therapy is used to help recovering addicts share their experiences with others who are struggling with the same addiction behaviors.

How does Family Therapy Help?

Family therapy is done to help family members to best support their addicted loved one in recovery. Many family members do not realize that they are enabling their loved one to use drugs. This is often a defense mechanism which comes from the powerlessness that we experience when we witness a loved one destroying their lives. This is why family therapy is so beneficial. Recovery cannot be successful if there isn’t the correct support system post rehab.

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