How to cope with addiction and deal with addicts

Drug and alcohol addiction is a difficult habit to overcome, with families being broken apart in the process.

702 and CapeTalk's Phemelo Ngcobo spoke to clinical psychologist Shannon Ownhouse and support group leader Lisa Wealthell about how families can address the challenge.

Listen to the conversation below:

Not one of them does not want help. They made a bad choice and they come to a point where they cannot help themselves.

Shannon Ownhouse, clinical psychologist

Addiction is the inability to stop drinking or using substances even though there have been some serious negative consequences as a result.

Shannon Ownhouse, clinical psychologist

We often get them at a stage where they cannot cope anymore and cannot function in society. They are really not wanting to be where they are.

Lisa Wealthell, support group leader

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