Professional Drug Addiction Treatment in South Africa

Getting over a substance use disorder is not something you can easily do on your own.

Every person is different and our care is tailor-made for each person. Together we can determine which path of treatment is best suited for you. Big psychological upheavals do cause stress and most people try to avoid and prolong the initial steps to treating a drug addiction. We completely understand what our clients are going through as we have been there too.

Drug Addiction Rehab Centre

It seems so innocent; occasionally a pill of xtc or a line of cocaine at a party. What you may not realise, however, is that almost all drugs are addictive, some more than others. Have you ever wondered what exactly drugs are and what they do to your body or mind? Drugs are substances that change the functioning of the body when they are taken.

Drugs can be taken in the following ways:

  • Swallowing (for example, xtc and sleeping and tranquillisers)
  • Snorted (cocaine, speed, ether and acetone)
  • Injected (heroin, crystal meth)
  • Inhale (cocaine, poppers)
  • Absorption through the skin
  • Drip into the eye
Most drugs reach the brain via the bloodstream. The effect drugs have on the brain is determined by the type of drugs being used.

3 core categories of drugs exist

  1. Narcotics such as alcohol, sleeping pills , GHB and heroin
  2. Stimulants, such as caffeine (coffee and energy drinks), nicotine, cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamine (speed)
  3. Hallucinogenics such as magic mushrooms, cannabis and LSD, but also inhalant agents such as ether and acetone.
Some drugs can have multiple effects. Cannabis, for example, can be both narcotic and hallucinogenic.

Am I addicted?

Drug addiction usually involves cannabis, cocaine, heroin or amphetamine (speed) in South Africa. Drug addiction means that you experience a strong craving for a substance and at times lose control over how much and how often you use the substance which leads to drug abuse.

The Two most Common Indicators of and Addiction are

  1. Using the substance to feel good.
  2. Need the substance to function.
Often it takes a long time for someone to realize that his or her use has changed from 'wanting' to 'having to use' their particular substance. Every time you decide to stop and that this is the last time you use it. Yet you do not succeed. Something has changed in your brain that prevents you from stopping. It is at this juncture that seeking professional help with drug addiction is of paramount importance.