Mandrax, South Africa’s Most Abused Illicit Drug

Mandrax Drug


Due to the low cost and lasting affect-BUTTONS remain very popular and highly addictive! There will be a number of Mandrax ‘users’ who progress onto harder and even more dangerous drugs such as heroin, some might stop but most will remain stuck in a cycle of self-destruction if some form of intervention does not take place. Help is available from a number of government agencies and private centres such as Twin Rivers in Plettenberg Bay

What is Mandrax?

Mandrax is a synthetic drug that is created through the mixing of chemicals to produce the drug in a tablet form. This addictive pill remains the drug of choice for the largest parts of the South African population. Mandrax, whose active ingredient is Methaqualone, was originally prescribed in the sixties and seventies as a sleeping aide, and came with additional medical benefits for high blood pressure and anxiety attacks.

It was originally thought that this medication came with no harmful side effects, this however was soon proven to be incorrect. The side effects became possibly life-threatening due to the severity of the psychological and physical dependency caused. Due to its misuse, Mandrax earned itself a ban in most parts of the world, inadvertently increasing production through clandestine laboratories throughout many developing nations, including South Africa and the Far East.

Signs of Users

Mandrax users carry with them the tell-tale signs of their addiction, the drug having a heinous and direct physical effect on a regular users’ physical features. Among the physical features, yellow teeth and scabbed or bleeding lips, blood shot eyes, rotten teeth, and a general gaunt appearance will plague users.  Mandrax users suffer from drowsiness caused due to unnatural sleep patterns, making them a danger when driving or in the workplace. A depressed appetite and swollen abdomen, as well as increase saliva production, are further signs of a frequent Mandrax user.

The Dangers and Treatment Options for Mandrax Addiction

Mandrax comes with a variety of unpleasant side effects due to its highly-addictive physical and psychological nature, leading users to depression along with some serious emotional problems. Headaches, drastic weight-loss and stomach cramps, coupled with insomnia, aggression, toxic psychosis, loss of muscle control, and possible epileptic episodes, are all real dangers for those who use Mandrax.

The severe withdrawals faced by those using Mandrax on a regular basis is something that needs to be handled in the correct manner while going through the recovery process. Most patients require a detoxification while going through a rehabilitation program to control the cravings and symptoms associated with withdrawal. At Twin Rivers Rehab in Plettenberg Bay, we offer a safe and comfortable environment that will allow patients to work through the withdrawals, as they will be guided by counselling professionals, to get to the root cause of the addiction, and tackle the problem head-on. Throughout the programme, we help patients to develop the key skills that are necessary to maintain their sobriety in their day-to-day lives.