Monthly Archives: December 2013

Drug Rehab


Have the drug’s stopped working??

Do you or a loved one have a problem with drugs??

Are you unable to control the intake of drugs??

Are you using more drugs for the same “high”??

An affirmative answer to the above requires immediate, professional assistance at a reputable Drug Rehab. Drug addiction is a chronic, incurable and progressive disease. Only total abstinence from all drugs affords you the opportunity to recover. Addiction does not discriminate and no-one is immune from it- persons from all walks of life can be affected. Physical dependence and resulting negative consequences are associated with addiction. A person becomes dependent on drugs once they are unable to cope without them. They also require stronger dosages in order to receive the same effect (tolerance). Negative consequences are the end result of using drugs over an extended period of time. This may include the breakdown of personal relationships, financial insecurities and poor physical health. There is no need to wait until the above takes place, the time to seek professional assistance is right now! Furthermore, very few addicts are able to remain clean without attending a Drug Addiction Treatment Programme (Rehab). This programme provides the perfect start to your recovery as it provides a reasonable period of “clean time”. The “disease model” of addiction is also explained and you are able to share your life story with other recovering addicts. In order to recover from Drug Addiction, you must first realise you are powerless the moment you consume any amount or kind of drug-this is the disease of Addiction. Many addicts remain “in denial” of their problem. This is done by “minimizing”- downplaying the seriousness of their situation and also by “glamorizing”- adding magical charm to their situation. This may even lead to the altered state of mind “delusions of grandeur” (grandiose)- the person believes they are able to conquer the world (including their current problematic circumstances). Your personalised Addiction Treatment Programme at a reputable Drug Rehab will help you understand the obsessions and compulsions of using drugs – “addictive thinking”. An appointed counsellor will be available for discreet one-on-one therapy sessions. You will also attend group sessions, chaired by a senior counsellor. The sessions are invaluable to recovering addicts. Here, you will soon realise you are not alone battling this cunning illness. Recovery is no “walk in the park”- it requires daily discipline and ongoing dedication. The tried and tested Narcotics Anonymous have an old adage remaining true to this very day: “It only works if you work it”. That said, the gift of long-term recovery is indeed precious and rewarding!



Drinkers of strong liquor may be classified into three categories:

1. The User: These persons are able to consume strong liquor in a controlled and, in most cases, infrequent manner.

2. The Abuser: These persons will generally drink more regularly and with greater aggression. “Binge” drinkers also fall within this category.

3. The Alcoholic: These persons have no control over the consumption of any type of liquor and become dependent thereof. With progression, there are negative consequences associated with Alcoholism, namely poor health, financial shortcomings, loss of employment and primary residence.

Has your drinking steadily increased recently? Are you always looking for a valid reason/excuse to consume alcohol? Do you often drink on your own and in secret? Is it sometimes necessary to “kick-start” your day with an alcoholic beverage or treat a hangover? Are you spending more money on alcohol and less on other important aspects such as food, etc ? If you answered affirmative to one or more of the above questions, you are strongly urged to seek professional Addiction Treatment at a reputable Alcohol Addiction Treatment Clinic (Rehab). Alcoholism is an incurable disease of the mind-in no way should you feel guilty or ashamed of this status, there are thousands of other persons with the same disease throughout the world today. However, it is crucial that you do acknowledge and admit your inability to control the intake of alcohol. Furthermore, you must surrender yourself to this disease by realising it is a progressive disease-it worsens with time. It may also be fatal! Part of the surrendering process is the clear realisation you may never consume any amount of alcohol again-“one is too many and a thousand is never enough”! Long-term recovery has many sweet fruits as its reward, including living a full and prosperous life within society. The good news is you need not undertake this journey on your own steam. The moment you begin an Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programme, you will be encouraged and motivated by a Professional Team of Addiction Specialists, including your personal Counsellor. They will ensure the correct treatment programme is allocated to you, taking into consideration your unique circumstances. They will also assist in a medically supervised Alcohol Detoxification Procedure. Alcohol withdrawal is complicated and unpleasant. It may also, in certain extreme cases, be fatal. Rest assured, these concerns become insignificant during your personalised medical detoxification in a safe and caring atmosphere. There is no reason to delay your concerns any longer. The quicker you receive Professional Assistance the better your chances for long term Recovery. Once you are well on the way to leading a fruitful life, this decision will certainly rate as one of the best you have made!



South Africa’s Addiction Treatment Rehabilitation Clinics (Rehabs) are ranked on par with the World’s leaders. In house Specialists, such as, Doctors, Psychiatrics, Psychologists, Nurses, Counsellors and Social Workers are dedicated Addiction Professionals, each suitably qualified Academically and Practically. They are indeed committed, ensuring you have the best possible start on the road to recovery.

Before your admission to a designated treatment clinic, you will undergo a physical and psychiatric evaluation. This procedure is crucial to your recovery process. On completion thereof, you will be allocated a specific and unique Addiction Treatment Programme, depending on the outcome of your evaluation. A Medical Detoxification Procedure will also be included, if deemed necessary. This too, is an important part of your overall treatment. All toxins and other impurities are removed from your body in a safe and compassionate environment.

All South African Rehab Clinics are hand – picked according to their overall success rate and other relevant factors. The majority may be compared to four and five star hotels in so far as the various luxuries they contain. The following features are available in most South African Rehab Clinics: 1) Plasma, televisions and DVD players in comfortable lounges. 2) Fully equipped gymnasiums. 3) Internet availability. 4) Full body massages. 5) Acupuncture, reflexology and other holistic treatments. 6) Gourmet Chefs – all meals are healthy and nutritious to assist your recovery.

Your initial Addiction Treatment Programme is referred to as “primary care” and lasts for around three weeks. During this time, you will not be allowed to leave the Clinic, except for group walks accompanied by a trained Counsellor. The advantage of this “in-house” treatment programme is the guarantee of some good “clean time” without the fear or risk of a relapse.

Once you have successfully completed your Addiction Treatment Programme, there is an option of further treatment, if required. This treatment is known as ” Tertiary Care” and takes the form of a “half-way house”. Here, you have the freedom to move around – this is advantageous if you are employed. A stay in Tertiary usually consists of around 3 to 6 months. You will co-habitat with other recovering addicts/alcoholics. By sharing your respective stories, you will find much needed support from persons in similar circumstances to you.

Most Rehabs offer an “after-care” service as part of the Primary Treatment Programme. This is most useful in equipping you with the necessary skills to prevent a relapse. Furthermore, you are strongly advised to attend regular Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous group meetings-they have been proven to enhance the overall recovery process.



Do you or a loved one have an addiction related concern??
Perhaps you are always having “one drink too many”??
Has your use of drugs proceeded beyond the “recreational phase”??
Are you spending more and more of your disposable income on games of chance and gambling??
Is your food disorder causing you physical harm and your family emotional stress??

If you have answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions, do not throw in the towel and loose all hope. Addiction is an incurable, chronic disease-it is progressive and worsens over time. It may even be fatal if left untreated. However, with assistance from Addiction Specialists, recovering addicts may, once again, lead a perfectly normal day-to-day life. Taking on this cunning illness without the help of trained professionals is not recommended, irrespective on how “strong” you perceive yourself to be. Not only are your chances of “long term recovery” very slight indeed, each and every relapse you experience is statistically more dangerous than the previous one, resulting in increased physical and emotional harm.

Once you have “admitted” your specific addiction, it becomes easier to seek professional treatment. You are now ready to embark on the road to recovery. Honest, self-reflection of the issues surrounding your addiction is crucial as many addicts remain in “denial” of this life threatening condition. Many persons may also have one or more underlying emotional and psychological issues. These must be identified and treated in conjunction with the addiction. All the above forms part of your “tailor made” Addiction Treatment Programme-each individual is unique, so too are the complexities surrounding addiction.

Many persons dependant on alcohol and drugs only seek help once they have touched “rock bottom”-usually an abnormal and severe negative consequence such as unemployment, loss of the family home, serious physical and/or emotional illness, trouble with the Law,etc. There is no need to wait until this happens. In fact, the longer you leave your recovery, the harder it will be to maintain long term sobriety. Once the decision to “surrender” has been made, you are advised to avoid “people,places and things” with an association to previous drinking/drugging. They are known “triggers” which could easily cause a relapse. A relapse followed by immediate abstinance is not the end of the world, however, many relapses have led to active addiction. Relapses generally indicate reservations towards your recovery. A complete surrendering to alcohol and drugs is essential.

The road to long term recovery may be rocky at times. The advantages of recovery makes the trip well worth it!