Mpumalanga Addiction Rehabilitation Centre (MARC) annual general meeting

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On Thursday 22 October the management, staff and stakeholders of the Mpumalanga Addiction Rehabilitation Centre came together at the Piet Retief Dutch Reformed Church for their annual general meeting.

Mr Gerhard Abrahams welcomed the group and Mr Simon Vilane read from Matthew 4:14-16 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Parson Meyer van Wyk of the Dutch Reformed Church was the guest speaker and he talked about Artificial Intelligence and the role that it can play in the treatment of addiction.

Artificial Intelligence includes applications that we can use on our cellular phones and these apps monitor patterns and behaviour of addicts. Addicaid is an application that creates custom treatment plans and connects you to other individuals who are going through the same problems. It is perfect for an addict who does not feel comfortable in a group setting and prefers to receive treatment in the comfort of their own home.

Triggr Health is another application designed specifically to assist recovering addicts. It can track for how long a person has been sober, connect them with coaches and peers who also struggle with addiction and provide a digital support group. Lionrock Recovery provides lifestyle advice to recovering addicts and also puts people who are battling against the same problem, in touch.

These apps can be of assistance to people who are in desperate need of help to overcome their addiction but, do not have the resources to get involved with a centre. They are low-cost, convenient and more private than conventional methods.

After Parson van Wyk shared this insightful information with the group, Ms Jeanne Stapelberg read the minutes of the 2019 meeting.

The financial report was also discussed and Ms NG Khoza thanked everyone for attending.

MARC offers a variety of services to addicts. To get in touch with the MARC-Inpatient Centre, please call 017 200 1118. For their Piet Retief Outpatient Centre, please contact 017 200 1119. You can also send them an e-mail on marc@worldline.co.za.