The level of therapy available is unrivalled in comparison to cost, as the Recovery Centre is able to provide intensive therapeutic groups on a daily basis, presented by qualified and experienced addiction counsellors.  These groups provide a platform for teaching as well as sharing in a supportive therapeutic context under the guidance of an experienced facilitator, with a variety of group dynamics offered.

A combination of techniques are utilised including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative and Trauma Therapy and a Person-Centred Approach.  Thorough education is provided in terms of the addiction process, and understanding the purpose of the 12 Steps in order to incorporate these principles into a lifestyle.  Alternative programmes are also available as we acknowledge that sometimes people require a different approach.

The Recovery Centre at White River

Their Treatment Plans

Each client is assessed individually in order to determine the best way forward, and a unique treatment plan is devised accordingly, dependent on the client's needs.  They believe in freedom of choice and therefore involve their clients in the therapeutic process to help effectively guide them towards good decision-making, and ultimately, change.

The baseline programme includes an initial assessment session with a Psychiatrist / Medical Practitioner; one weekly session with a Social Worker / Addiction Therapist; one weekly session with a 12 Step facilitator; sessions with Spiritual Advisor when requested; all group work sessions;  all creative skills development programmes; and all stepwork literature; as well as initial admission and discharge drug testing, and in-house medical checks.

The therapeutic programme can be intensified through additional services available that include psychiatric or medical consultations and medication; clinical psychology; online sexual addiction programme; music therapy; specialised trauma counselling; physiotherapy; and an Aftercare Specialist.

Psychological and emotional healing and restoration is a primary goal, as they understand that addiction is a result of deeper underlying issues, and that the substance abuse or toxic behaviour is merely a symptom.

The Recovery Centre at White River

About The Recovery Centre At White River

Set in the lush environment of White River, close to the Kruger Park, their vast property boasts access to the White River with stunning nature trails. At the Recovery Centre, they believe in a holistic approach, incorporating body, mind and soul, and thus ensure that recovery is addressed on all three levels.

All medical needs are taken care of by their professional team, and they work closely with a variety of consultant medical professionals.  Clients are encouraged to eat healthily and exercise frequently, as well as to rest adequately in order to achieve balance in their lives.  Self-care is vital, and they offer occasional spa services when needed.

The Recovery Centre knows that a healthy body is equally important and that restoration needs to occur in all areas.  Clients may participate in a variety of sport and exercise options, including self-defense, kick-boxing, Pilates classes, volleyball, jogging, hiking or mountain-biking and are able to cool off with a refreshing swim in the sparkling pool.

The creative skills development programme incorporates a wide variety of options, designed to stimulate creativity and encourage the development of resilience, satisfaction and self-respect.  They ensure that tasks are practical and have a purpose. Creative mindfulness is at the core of groups, hosted to include an interesting range of artistic endeavours. They believe that spiritual growth is imperative, and thus encourage this as much as possible.

Accommodation options vary from dormitory to double rooms, and clients are expected to participate in basic housekeeping to solidify routine and self-discipline, which are often lost in addiction. The community is close and provides an environment to heal and restore, in a supportive therapeutic context that also promotes growth and change. Read more about luxury recovery centres.

Weekends and evenings are relaxing, but incorporate innovative team-building ideas, step work time and optional church services. They aim to provide exceptional professional services and all their staff are experienced and highly qualified. Their programme advocates the development of healthy coping skills like asking for help, mindfulness, journalling, spirituality, distress tolerance skills and daily quiet times, as we know that recovery is a journey and there is more to it than simply stopping substances.

One needs to create a life worth living and to replace unhealthy toxic behaviours in order to achieve one's full potential. Acceptance and change are vital aspects, along with accountability and honesty, and it is essential to incorporate recovery principles into a sustainable lifestyle.

For More Information

Feel free to contact their helpful admissions office on 082 870 5014 for further discussion or an information pack.

To change your life today, take advantage of their unbelievable special offer of R9 000 per month, inclusive of VAT and covered by most medical aids.

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SHARP Recovery Solutions

This rehabilitation centre warmly opens its doors and allows you the freedom to delve into yourself, and find what it was that you want out of life. The centre offers counselling and coaching staff in substance abuse, who nurture you through a carefully crafted recovery programme that is suitable for different personalities, all in a healthy environment.

Where is it? 41 Pretoria Street, Oaklands, Sandton, Johannesburg

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Addiction Treatment Centre

This centre helps with any addiction you may have, whether it be substance or alcohol abuse. Addiction Treatment Centre helps you take the first steps in dealing with and overcoming addiction. The addiction treatment programme includes individual and group therapy and when appropriate, couple or family counselling too.

Where is it? 22 Falklands Ave, Johannesburg

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Houghton House

Houghton House offers a comprehensive range of treatment options. Their full spectrum of care includes detox facilities, expert counselling, psychiatric care, psychologists, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals too. Their programmes accommodate all levels of care in addiction treatment to aid you on the road to recovery.

Where is it? 432 York Ave, Randburg

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Phoenix House

This rehabilitation centre helps in substance abuse and addiction. Their treatment programmes offers out-patient and in-patient programmes that help nurture an individual during the process of growth and healing. Their programmes includes weekly sessions, therapeutic sessions with their psychologist or social workers, and group sessions with addiction counsellors.

Where is it? 16 Bernard Street, Martindale, Johannesburg

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Healing Choices

Healing Choices is a fantastic facility that embraces the importance of dealing with trauma when addressing substance abuse. The facility also offers a holistic approach to treatment with step work coaching, recovery meetings, social therapy groups, life coaching, spiritual guidance, and motivational talks.

Where is it? 5 Stompneus Road, Randburg, South Africa

For more information, click here. 

Do you know of other rehabilitation centers, not mentioned above, that you would recommend? 

By Neo Sesinye