51 Longships Dr, Plettenberg Bay,Western Cape, 6600, South Africa

2020 Vision

Bethesda Retreat – Residential Sobriety 

With Covid-19 and the economic crash of 2020 came the increased need for affordable, reputable and proven care for individuals and families who suffer because of chemical dependency.

Since 2005 as an internationally sought-after registered addictions treatment clinic, Colin & Deanna Garnett, with their core team of addiction specialists, found themselves faced with a very simple decision: “We need to change with the times, and it’s time for something new”.

And so our much loved and highly respected Bethesda Addictions Treatment Centre has transformed into Bethesda Retreat offering residential sobriety.

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Bethesda Retreat – Our Vission

What We Offer

Located in Plettenberg Bay on the glorious Garden Route, Bethesda Retreat’s sober living home offers:

  • Affordable medium-long term accommodation in a safe, supportive and recovery-oriented environment.
  • An opportunity to begin or enhance ‘Independent Recovery Development’ through personal application of the principles within the 12-Step Recovery Programme.
  • Freedom and guidance around decision-making, finances, life skills, relationships and preparation for life-on-life’s terms.

Quality accommodation comprises a selection of private or twin bedrooms with en suite or shared bathrooms, according to your preference or budget.

Relax around our lush wrap-around garden, large swimming pool & braai area and roof-top chill-out zone. TV’s, satellite television & Wi-Fi are provided for entertainment. We are conveniently located within 5-10 minutes walking distance of Plett’s glorious swimming beaches, convenience food store, bakery, gym and fellowship meetings; and 5 minutes’ drive from Plett’s main shopping centres.

Admission Criteria

  • Residents must be capable of independent living and psychiatrically stable.
  • Admission to Bethesda Retreat will be subject to assessment.
  • Admissions are restricted to people in recovery.
  • Re-admission after a relapse is by re-application and at the discretion of the House Manager and the Community Members.
  • Admissions must provide a negative Covid-19 test, unless direct admission from another facility.

Rules & Expectations

  • Residents are expected to be sober and working a recovery programme.
  • Residents are expected to comply with the House Rules & Guidelines.
  • No alcohol or drug use on or off the premises.
  • Relapse is grounds for immediate discharge with no refund.
  • No intimate relationships with other residents.
  • No visitors to sleep over.
  • Residents must attend the weekly community meeting.
  • Residents are responsible for personal living space and hygiene.
  • Curfew 01:00 latest.


  • Provided on enquiry.
  • Payable on or prior to admission (electronic bank transfer).
  • One month refundable “damage” deposit payable with the first month’s fee payment.
  • The full fee rate will apply for any prolonged absence, unless notice is given.
  • One month’s notice of intention to vacate must be provided.
  • Early termination of stay attracts no refund for that month, irrespective of the reason for the
    early departure.
  • All ancillary costs – medical, private/external counselling, transport etc. are borne by resident.
  • A rental agreement must be signed on admission.

Please Note

  • Addiction & Recovery Counselling free of charge
  • Clinical and/or Psychiatric Care available at personal cost
  • Lack of personal hygiene cannot be accepted
  • Minimal catering (evening meal only)
  • Minimal surveillance – but in-house accountability is expected
  • Minimal restrictions on movement (except by Government Lockdown regulations)
  • Repetitive antisocial attitudes and behaviours met with low to zero tolerance

As soon as residents arrive, the emphasis is on developing the recovery lifestyle that they aim to practice from the day they leave.


Colin Garnett (Owner/Director):
079 888 3698,

Deanna Garnett (Owner/Director):
082 468 6173,

044 533 3606,


  • The most important thing i learned is that ” right is right and wrong is wrong”. It is that simple!!!!
    From the people that comes to clean the house to the owner, are very friendly and honest. I am so glad i have had an other chance in life and i want to thank all the members of Bethesda for this opportunity.
    God bless you all.
    Geoffrey Dhérissart
  • Bethesda was the only facility in the garden route willing and able to help me with my addiction. My eating disorder had me on my knees asking for help and Colin willingly opened the doors for me to start recovery. I am so grateful for your help…it’s now almost 2 months clean! I never thought I would be able to say those words! Thanks to an amazing team!
    Michele Le Roux
  • All the staff are very professional and experienced with addictions. Bethesda changed my life and my way of thinking about my addiction. I will forever be grateful.
    Darren Tibshraeny
  • Bethesda is a life changing experience!
    Colin and his team are awesome! I have been clean for two months. This would not have been possible without Bethesda! I am grateful to them for everything they have done and still do for me.
    Craig Morton

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