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If you are Family members or a friend of someone who is either abusing drugs/alcohol or is already addicted or is exhibiting any other form of addictive behaviour that is making their life & yours unmanageable. You are probably able to see the chaos that this abuse is causing in their life and they can't - you’re at the “desperate wondering” stage as to what you can do to help, right?

The largest obstacle that you have to overcome is that the abuser believes that this is EVERYONE ELSE'S problem, or you're blowing things out of proportion and they are often of the opinion that "everything is under control". The person who has the problem rarely sees it as a problem due to them standing in their own way.  Realisation and objectivity no longer exists.

People who are addicted to drugs/alcohol or any other self-destructive behaviour DON’T believe they have a problem, and if there is a problem, it’s due to relationships, circumstances and demographics. This is important to remember when trying to help a friend or loved one who is in the cunning, baffling and powerful clutch of addiction. Sharing with the person that you are concerned for their health and well being isn’t going to alter or change the addictive behavior. It’s akin to me trying to tell the Cheetah not to chase the Gazelle in the wild. The Cheetah’s brain tells him to chase the Gazelle.

If you have an emotional attachment and history with that person and you are too close and are unable to see the entire situation from beginning to end. You may react emotionally without objectivity and perceive the Interventionist as being too harsh, or moving too quickly, or too inexperienced or even too unfeeling.

Situations vary, a person might come to the stark realisation that their drug/alcohol/use or addictive behaviour needs to stop and in some cases there is success. Unfortunately the majority of people cannot just stop their addictive behaviour, using/drinking, so they need help. If you are concerned about a loved one, it’s difficult for you to be an objective messenger, because..... you are too close.

The Addict/Alcoholic's situation is not going to improve, because addiction/alcoholism has taken over your loved one’s life and does not want your Addict/Alcoholic to have the opportunity at recovery/sobriety through  treatment. It’s like having a monkey on their back that controls and directs their life. The monkey isn’t going to let them go without a fight!

Give us a call on 011 794 4172 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or visit our website on www.12befree.co.za

Akeso Crescent Clinic Randburg

Specialised addiction and psychiatric care @ Akeso Crescent Clinic Randburg

 

Akeso Crescent Clinic Randburg offers a comprehensive program for patients with the following conditions:

 

  • General psychiatry (Depression, Bipolar Mood Disorder, Anxiety Disorders)
  1. For patients 14 – 18 years old (YAP)
  2. Adults (General psychiatric program)
  • Specialized additions treatment units
  1. For patients 14 – 18 (DAP)
  2. Adults (DDU)
  • Specialized Eating Disorders Unit

 

Our team consists of specialised professionals:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Dieticians
  • A Family Physician

 

For more information, contact Fanie Smuts – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 011 792 9400

Web: www.akeso.co.za

 

Patients in need of psychiatric assistance can contact our 24 hours help line and intervention unit on:

0861 HELP US (4357 87)

Beethoven Recovery Centre

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BEETHOVEN RECOVERY CENTRE

Beethoven Recovery Centre is a private residential recovery centre for people with addiction. We follow an inclusive approach i.e. a dual-diagnosis, integrative approach to rehabilitation and recovery from alcohol, drug, prescription medicine and behavioural addiction.

It is uncommon to have an addiction disorder without a comorbid psychiatric disorder. In most currently licensed rehabilitation centres this duality is not addressed. Beethoven Recovery Centre provides patients, with addiction and dual-diagnosis, treatment through an integrative therapeutic program in a safe and secure environment. The program is run by an experienced multi-disciplinary team under supervision of two specialist psychiatrists.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of Beethoven Recovery Centre is to provide an effective, intensive, integrative, quality and evidence based program and service for individuals with addiction, without discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, race, creed, colour or sexual orientation.

The mission is implemented within an environment of informed choice and consent.

Aim Statement

All patients are treated with dignity and integrity

  • Patients are guided to Full Recovery and Sober Living Wellness through an integrative model of a bio-psycho-social-educational approach

  • This integrative model draws on internationally recognized models of recovery to develop individualized patient specific programs that provide optimal outcomes

  • Psychiatric supervision is available at all times

  • We comply with all regulatory authorities’ rules and regulations

 



Beethoven Recovery Centre staff includes:

Two Psychiatrists

  • A Counseling Psychologist

  • A Social Worker

  • An Occupational Therapist

  • A Contracted General Practitioner

  • Four Registered Nurses on a 24/7 duty roster

  • A case manager

 Services:

 1.             Admission: 

  • Evaluation by a skilled multi-disciplinary team member

  • Medical examination by a general practitioner

  • Base line laboratory blood and urine evaluation

  • Orientation  

2.             Detoxification:  

  • Based on The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines 

3.             Therapeutic program: 

A two-phased seven week residential treatment program is preferred, although individual needs are accommodated in determining the in-patient treatment duration.  

Primary Care 

  • A three week intensive program focusing on Contemplation, Commitment and Action

  • Medical examination by our general practitioner

  • Psychological assessment including psychometric testing

  • Psychiatric evaluation and weekly follow-up

  • Implementation of an individualized integrative treatment plan 

Extended Care 

  • A four week program focusing on Maintenance, Reintegration and Recycling 

Both phases include: 

  • Individual therapy

  • Group therapy

  • Art therapy

  • Music therapy 

  • Sport and recreational activities:

  • Swimming, Pool-table, Gymnasium, Table-tennis, Croquet, Volley Ball and Soccer

  • Weekly multi-disciplinary case management meetings under supervision of our specialist psychiatrists

  • Weekly individual psychiatric follow-up

  • Therapy with patients’ significant others 

Accommodation, service & the facility:

 



Beethoven Recovery Centre is located at 28 Beethoven Street, Melodie, Hartbeespoort. It lies on the R511 road from Hartbeespoort to Brits in a tranquil and safe environment mainly zoned for agricultural purposes. 
 

The centre was converted from a four star lodge and facilities are accordingly of high quality. Rooms are serviced daily and laundry collected and done three times a week. A drug and alcohol free environment is secured by 24/7 security and armed response.  

All facilities are kept well maintained by a full time maintenance supervisor. A chef with 20 years’ experience has been appointed to see to three nutritious meals a day while also catering to individual dietary requirements where possible. He also presents snacks and tea or coffee in the midmorning, mid-afternoon and late evening.  

For more information visit our website at www.beethovenrecovery.co.za or phone 012 253 9922 and alternatively 076 051 6016.


 


Anchor Recovery Ranch

ABOUT US:

ANCHOR RECOVERY RANCH – A DRUG REHABILITATION CENTRE THAT COnCENTRATES ON ALL ADDICTIONS.

AT ANCHOR RANCH WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO JOURNEY WITH THOSE IN OUR CARE WHO HAVE COME TO REALIZE THEY ARE POWERLESS OVER THEIR ADDICTION.  AS WE ARE A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION, WE FEEL THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT OF RECOVERY IS IMPORTANT, FOR IT IS THE NORM OF THE “12 STEP PROGRAM”TO HAND YOUR LIFE AND WILL OVER TO GOD.  THE SPIRITUAL COMPONENT OF ADDICTIONS IS ONE THAT IS OFTEN NOT TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.  THE CONCEPT OF SPIRITUALITY IS THAT IT INVOLVES AN INTIMATE AND PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.  IN KEEPING WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF RECOVERY AND AA/NA, EMPHASIS IS PUT ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF A POSITIVE AND HEALTHY SPIRITUAL LIFE.

 

TO CREATE A SAFE NURTURING ENVIRONMENT DESIGNED TO EMPOWER EACH INDIVIDUAL TO BREAK FREE AND SHIFT THEIR LIVES FROM ONE IN ADDICTION AND THEIR ASSOCIATED DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOURS, TO ONE OF:

  1. PURPOSE
  2. MEANING
  3. FREEDOM

 

 

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 OUR PROGRAMME:

SPIRITUAL COUNSELLORS ARE PUT IN PLACE AND GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING IS AVAILABLE ANYTIME DURING THE DURATION OF THE PROGRAM AND REFERRALS ARE MADE FOR WHEN LEAVING TREATMENT.

OUR PROGRAM HAS TWO CORE COMPONENTS:

  1. 12 STEP FAITH BASED PROGRAMM
  2. SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT

* STRESS MANAGEMENT              * POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING       

* RELATIONSHIPS                        * TRIGGERS * FEARS / ANXIETY

* FORGIVENESS                          * BALANCED LIFESTYLE

* TIME MANAGEMENT                  * ADDICTION AND RECOVERY

* ANGER MANAGEMENT              * DECISION MAKING

* RELAPSE PREVENTION

(THESE ARE TO NAME A FEW – VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO)

OUR PROGRAM IS FOCUSED ON EDUCATING EACH INDIVIDUAL IN OUR CARE IN DEVELOPING THE NECESSARY LIFE SKILLS REQUIRED TO OVERCOME LIFE’S CHALLENGES.

OUR APPROACH IDENTIFIES A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ENSURE EACH ASPECT OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS ADDRESSED; THESE BEING:

  1. EMOTIONALLY
  2. COGNITIVE
  3. MORALLY / SPIRITUAL AND PHYSICALLY

ONCE EMPOWERED, EACH INDIVIDUALWHO SUCESSFULLY COMPLETES THE PROGRAM WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE UP ALL SPHERES OF THEIR SOCIAL ROLE WITHIN THEIR FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND WORK ENVIRONMENT.

OUR PROGRAM IS STRUCTURED TO COVER A SPECTRUM OF TOPICS CONDUCTIVE TO THE RECOVERY PROCESS.

DURATION:

OUR PROGRAM IS A MINIMUM OF 6 MONTHS AND COMPLETION OF STEP 7 OF OUR 12 STEP PROGRAM.

FOR MORE INFO, GO TO OUR WEBSITE ON www.anchorranch.co.za OR GO TO ANCHOR RECOVERY RANCH FACEBOOK PAGE.

C.H.A.N.G.E.S Treatment Recovery Centre

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C.H.A.N.G.E.S. Treatment Centre’s offers Inpatient, Outpatient Treatment programmes as well as a tranquil upmarket Halfway House centrally located   in Randburg. This unique facility treats all additions including drug, alcohol and gambling addictions as well as eating disorders, relationship, sex or love addictions and co-dependency.

You are not a bad person trying to get good, you are an ill person trying to recover and get well.

Welcome to C.H.A.N.G.E.S.

Services offered at C.H.A.N.G.E.S.:

 * Assessments

 * Inpatient Recovery Centre

 * Evening Outpatient Recovery Programme

 * HALFWAY HOUSE

 * Individual Counselling

 * Recovery Coaching

 * Onsite Urine Testing

 * Family Support Group, Family Counselling

 * Co-Dependency Counselling

 * Aftercare  

 * Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous & Love Addicts Anonymous

 * Employee Assistance Programmes, Training and Education

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                               www.changesrehab.co.za                                                         

 For Halfway House Information, please contact Clive: 083-407-4118

 For Treatment Enquiries for Inpatient & Outpatient Programme: contact Clive or Sheryl: 082-449-9431

 Interventions: Carmen: 082-906-3702

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Tel: 2711 888-7562 / 2711 478-0601

Facebook: CHANGES Addiction Recovery Centre & Halfway House

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Testimonial 1

I first came to  C.H.A.N.G.E.S. in November 2006, with an addiction to cocaine and alcohol that left me physically, emotionally and spiritually ravaged. The guidance, knowledge and support that the C.H.A.N.G.E.S. team offered, not just to me, but to my family as well – literally changed my life. I was amazed at how quickly I built a trusting and respectful relationship with the  C.H.A.N.G.E.S. treatment team during those early days of my recovery. For me it was so important to get on with my life, and the flexibility of the outpatient treatment programme allowed me to do exactly that. I have maintained an ongoing relationship with the treatment team and my individual counsellor throughout my recovery. Over the years, I have also attended many of the  C.H.A.N.G.E.S. workshops, and other treatment groups and I continue to be amazed at how my life has been transformed. If you are willing to do the work –  C.H.A.N.G.E.S. will show you how. Today I am almost six years clean and sober and with a deep sense of gratitude and serenity - I can honestly say that I have never looked back!

- Lisa (30) July 2012

 

Testimonial 2

I would like to share my experience that I had when I received treatment at  C.H.A.N.G.E.S.

I had been to rehab before and my not using only lasted a few hours after I left them. After much pressure from my family I agreed to go and meet a new counsellor at  C.H.A.N.G.E.S.

I met my counsellor while I was drunk and high and she greeted me by saying; “welcome to C.H.A.N.G.E.S. I am going to do an assessment to see if you will be suitable for Outpatient Treatment”. I was filled with shame and nerves and could not wait to leave her office to go and score! But something about her made me listen, she told me that I am not a bad person, just an ill person who needs to find recovery or I will die a lonely, miserable, guilt ridden death! Wow, too much information for a high, drunk junkie. I carried on listening to her after I spilled my guts about what was happening for me. I edited a lot out because I thought that this woman would judge me if I told her the truth. At the end, she asked me for two things. One was to come into treatment and the other that I just needed to get honest. It was like she read my soul! I was planning to go use one last time but she asked me to start immediately. I did! Although I was planning to use when I got the gap. I started treatment that evening and oh boy did it blow my mind. There was this group of people who welcomed me, did not judge me and treated me like a human not an animal. The counsellors were so calm, smart and kept talking about boundaries, what the hell did that mean?

I had long been my own judge and executioner and I swear that first night changed my life! I did what they asked me to do. I pitched up every afternoon with my file and a ton of emotions but hope was now amongst them. I finished my programme and continued with aftercare and to see my counsellor every week. I had this counsellor who was strong but gentle, I did not want to manipulate her. I wanted to see what she saw in me, I wanted to change.

C.H.A.N.G.E.S. did change me and my life. I have not picked up that “last time”. I am clean and sober 5 years and 6 months today and continue to trust the process! I have changed everything in my life slowly, gently and appropriately. I own my own business now, in a relationship, own my own home. I keep it clean and there is food in my fridge. My parents want to see me now, my siblings invite me places and ask for my advice. I sponsor people at my fellowship of 12 Steps, carry the message to the still suffering addict. I am still an addict and alcoholic but am productive, honest and humble. I don’t have the perfect life, I still make a few mistakes, use my own will to my detriment and now have to deal with my co-dependency on a daily basis (oh yeah I joined my Mom in the Co-dependency camp) but I have a programme behind me and people who really care.

I will eternally be grateful to Sheryl and the team at  C.H.A.N.G.E.S. for my new life. I am glad I listened that first day because it could have been so different if I went to use “that last time”, I would not be alive today and of that I am now sure! Thank you  C.H.A.N.G.E.S. you helped me find me and I am no longer filled with shame and blame.