We aim to provide help as soon as you contact us, because we understand the emotional turmoil, desperation and courage involved when you or your family take that step to reach out for help. The admission process begins with a phone call, email, online chat or website enquiry. A clinical consultant will contact you immediately. An initial assessment (usually telephonic before admission) will identify the treatment needs of the person based on their personal history (emotional & physical), substance use (types, amount, duration and current intoxication status) and any other stressful or problematic issues they may be experiencing currently. Finances and medical aid cover will also be discussed.
Medical Aid Cover
Bethesda works with all major medical aid schemes in South Africa. No co-payment is required. We require your medical aid details before admission, so that we can obtain pre-authorisation from your medical aid.
Language: Understanding of English or Afrikaans.
Basic Requirements: 18 years old (minimum).
Existing substance dependency problem.
Capable of performing the basics of self-care, including personal hygiene and eating, and keeping his/her personal living space clean.
Willing to be in treatment, participate in the program and motivated to live a sober life.
Financial means must be available to support the Client for the duration of his/her stay.
Detox Prerequisites: Proof of detox required before arrival, as we do not provide detox. (Refer Application Form)
Non-discrimination: Admission is available to all suitable clients irrespective of their race, ethnicity, gender,
culture, ideology, political or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, language and HIV status.
Gender: Male and Female.
Geographical Criteria: Local and International
Disqualifying Factors for Admission:
Persons who have records of repeated sex offenses which presents a risk to the community.
- Persons who do not consent to treatment.
- Persons who have medical conditions or impairments which would prevent their use of our services (including wheelchairs/walking impairments, as the building is not accessible for them).
- Persons who lack the physical ability to navigate the environment to care for their personal needs.
- Persons who have been known to exhibit suicidal, homicidal or acute mood symptoms and would be best served by intensive psychiatric care.
For applicants excluded on the basis of our admission criteria, Bethesda Addictions Treatment Centre tries to advise of other available and appropriate services.
Registration for Admission: typically begins telephonically with a screening process by the therapeutic team and
then completion of the Application Form.
Pre-admission process: includes a health screening, review of current medications and a full history of substance abuse, including current usage patterns.
Admission: Mondays to Thursdays between 08:00 and 15:00. Special arrangements made for later/earlier arrivals.
We offer transport from/to George Airport and Plettenberg Bay’s Shell Garage bus stop.
We personally meet international clients at Johannesburg/Cape Town Airports escorting them to our facility. Directions on our website: www.bethesda4recovery.com