Substance abuse treatment
The PAN therapy, for acute addictive withdrawal from alcohol, opioids, cannabis, cocaine, sedatives (e.g.Valium) and nicotine was pioneered, researched and developed by the South African Brain Research Institute (SABRI). It was first used at Wedge Farm and then Wedge Gardens (Rand Aid Association, Johannesburg) starting in 1979. Wedge Gardens is the largest non-governmental alcoholic facility in South Africa. The major funding for the research came from Anglo-American and De Beers Chairman’s Fund. Numerous other large corporations have contributed to the research, including First National Bank, Johannesburg Consolidated Investments, Barlows, BHP-Billiton and others. Research funding over the years has also come from the S.A Medical Research Council. Over the last 30 years, these corporations have donated research funding, as part of their corporate responsibility programmes, without commercial interest. Since the initial discovery of the therapy more than 50,000 patients have been successfully treated with it. It has also been used in Scandinavia (since 1990) and more recently in the USA. In South Africa, it is used at SANCA (S.A. National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) Societies, and in private medical practice.
There have been numerous scientific papers published on the technique in prestigious local and international scientific journals as well as academic treatises accepted for higher degrees (list available on Website: http://www.sabri.org.za )
In 1992 it was given recognition by both S.A. Medical Association and the Medical Aid (insurance) movement by receiving an official medical aid code and fee (namely, codes 0203/0204). As such it is also recognised by the Health Professionals Council of SA (HPCSA) which is the statutory body set up by the SA Government to oversee the registration and ethical behaviour of the medical profession and other health professionals (see codes 0203, 0204 )
This treatment is unique in South African Medical History. It is the first treatment that was officially recognised by the medical authorities which had been wholly conceptualised and developed in S.A. without overseas input.
The therapy is very safe and exerts it therapeutic effect rapidly. It is effective for treating acute withdrawal states from alcohol, opioids, cannabis, cocaine, minor tranquilizers and nicotine. The swiftness of therapeutic effect makes it currently the fastest acting therapy available.
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