Addiction Rehabilitation Centre in Cape Town

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We are here to help you deal with your substance use problem or addiction in Cape Town. We believe that while your problem is complex, it has a simple solution. This involves identifying and processing the emotional pain or trauma which you have experienced at some point during your life.

We want you to know that we have been where you are and are here to help you walk this path towards healing. At Recovery Direct, we offer an ideal setting and expert team of professionals to facilitate your recovery process from our world class Cape Town rehabilitation centre.

We applaud you for taking the first step towards a new life and are confident that this journey into recovery will be a life-changing one. So, welcome to the first day of the rest of your life!

What is Addiction?

In order to understand addiction recovery, we need to destigmatize it and the process of entering a "rehab centre". Addiction is not a moral failing or weakness; it is a complex condition which is most often rooted in some unresolved trauma and / or pain that has resulted in your life. The behaviour which defines addiction is compulsive and done in an attempt to lessen, numb or reduce pain, henceforth the rehabilitation process is focused around rehabilitating the clients ability to handle these stressors in day to day life without the need of the substance or behaviour. It is safe to say addiction happens when pain exceeds our coping mechanisms to deal with pain. And so we need to learn new ways of coping. This involves learning a new set of behaviours and adapting them to our current life circumstances. Now that you understand that addiction and trauma go hand in hand, we’re here to tell you that we know how to help you through it. Let’s begin.

Our Core Values

At the rehab centre in Constantia, Cape Town we uphold the values of empathy, respect, non-judgementality and confidentiality. We take a different approach to treatment by offering an intensive counselling process (up to two sessions a day per client), setting it apart from other rehabs. This is because we believe that a customised approach which puts the individual at the centre is crucial to recovery. Situated in a quiet and upmarket location nestled beneath the Constantiaberg mountains, the estate rehabilitation centre offers a homely and spacious setting for clients to reset and come to terms with the next crucial steps into their long term recovery from addiction.

Your Safety

When you are in the grips of substance abuse, you feel marginalised from society. A deep sense of loneliness can overwhelm you and leave you feeling isolated and misunderstood. This is why, at Recovery Direct, we provide a home away from home which allows you to feel safe and supported during your recovery. You will feel a sense of community here in all your daily tasks. Group meetings bring you closer to like-minded individuals and you are surrounded by those who have your best interests at heart.

One-On-One Therapy

Recovery is a deeply personal experience which is why we customise your recovery programme according to your unique makeup, needs and circumstances. One-on-one therapy twice a day enables you to uncover and process the deeper issues which may not have surfaced yet. Our team of highly qualified therapists guide you through the process with compassion and openness.

First-Hand Experience

Most of the professionals who you interact with you at Recovery Direct have first-hand experience in addiction themselves. This means that you are receiving help from people who have been in your shoes and have struggled with the same things you have. You can expect a high level of empathy and attunement from these individuals and couldn’t be in better hands simply because they have walked the path and come out the other side.

Your Reintegration

We’re aware that going into rehab means moving away from the natural social environment you would be exposed to on a day to day basis. It involves stepping outside of your work routine, family responsibilities and other social interactions. However, reintegrating into society after rehab is a reality which we prepare you for and the skills you learn while in treatment will equip you to deal with this transition as smoothly as possible.

Recovery Direct’s Programme

Recovery Direct offers customised treatments for a number of substance abuse and behavioural disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of expert counsellors, nurses and consulting psychiatrists and doctors are dedicated toward achieving the best possible recovery outcome for you.

Your Addiction Ends Here

What We Help You With

  • Addictions to drugs and alcohol and prescription medication
  • Process addictions
  • Sex and love addictions
  • Gambling addictions
  • Shopping addictions
  • Internet addictions
  • Eating disorders
  • Codependency
  • PTSD, CPTSD

Our Process

We begin with a thorough assessment where we identify your unique needs, treatment goals and recovery objectives. Next we start to explore the root traumatic experiences which may have impacted you and led to the behaviour which has caused your life to become unmanageable. As we peel away the layers we eventually arrive at the source of pain and this is where the work comes in. With the help and support of our counsellors, you begin to learn new ways of coping with adversity and replacing old behaviour with new behaviour.

Therapeutic Activities

  • Customised treatment programme with weekly assessment by our clinical team
  • One-on-one sessions with your counsellor twice a day
  • Pre-assessment and follow-up with Clinical Director Vaughan Pankhurst
  • Lectures on addiction and a variety of mental health topics
  • Group therapy

Leisure Activities

  • Full access to Wi-Fi
  • DSTV
  • Group outings
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym facilities

Supervision and Security

  • 24/7 security on site
  • Secure Parking
  • Supervision
  • Airport transfers

Why Clients Choose Cape Town Recovery

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12 Step Treatment in Cape Town

One of the first questions we get asked in early conversations with clients at the rehab is ‘Are we a 12-step treatment centre?” The short answer is no, Recovery Direct is not a 12-step treatment centre. This does imply that we do not support the rationale and principles upheld by the 12-step programme. On the contrary, we encourage clients to attend 12-step meetings, to listen to shares and to get a feel for whether or not the meetings resonate with them. If this enhances their recovery process, we support it wholeheartedly. 12-step meetings are a great resource during recovery because they are free and widely accessible - there are meetings in almost every city and town across the world. Where we take a different stance to 12-step ideology is in their belief that abstinence is the only way to ensure recovery. This does not adequately address the deep, underlying issues such as psychological trauma which can and do lead to addiction. This is what makes our treatment centre unique.

We treat clients suffering with chronic and progressive addictions to substances like dagga, alcohol, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, tik, prescription medication, eating disorders, sex addictions, problem gambling and many other process related addictions.