​The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Herman Mashaba, and Member of the Mayoral Committee MMC for Health and Social Development Dr Mpho Phalatse have opened the Joubert Park Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Centre in central Johannesburg.

This treatment centre is the fourth facility that the City has launched. It follows the launch of the Golden Harvest In-patient Treatment Centre, the Eldorado Park Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Centre and the Tladi Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Centre. 

Between April and June 2018, 243 people who wanted to break the cycle of substance abuse sought services from the Tladi and Eldorado centres.

The opening of Joubert Park Centre is in line with the  City of Joburg’s Health and Social Development integrated strategy to eradicate substance abuse and other related social ills. The Joubert Park Centre is an out-patient facility that focuses on therapy, detox, group sessions and family sessions. 

It is situated in a very busy transport network to ensure that residences have easy access to the facility. Joubert Park is also a walking distance from the newly revamped Esselen Street Clinic. The centre is also one of only two places in Gauteng that provides detox for substance abuse addicts. MMC Phalatse said all efforts will be undertaken to fight substance abuse and related social ills.

“As a City, we will work hard to ensure that we provide services that allow those struggling with addiction, especially the youth, a second chance at life,” said MMC Phalatse.

In an effort to provide for an integrated and holistic focus on the wellbeing of communities, ensuring preventative as well as curative health services across all age groups, the City has a 24-hour Substance Abuse Crisis Line called Ithemba, which is situated at 28 Harrison Street, Marshalltown in central Johannesburg. 

The toll-free service provides 24-hour access to professional assistance, tele-counselling services, containment of emotions and feelings, referrals to support services and home visits. The Ithemba toll-free number is 0800 223 217. 

The City will later in this month open the River Park Clinic Community-Based Substance Abuse Treatment Centre.​​​​