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Social Disease

Coming from an emotionally honest, loving and stable background, my 12 years of intravenous heroin addiction with over 6-years in 27 different prisons, confused everyone. Visits from and interviews with Doctors, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Probation Officers, Addiction Counsellors and even clergy, left me convinced that my state was not only hopeless because it was without definition, but that I was hopeless as an individual because it was me who was […]

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Behavioral Models

Psychological Models: A lot of people seem to conclude that their loved ones need a psychiatrist and/or clinical psychologist in order to have their addicted loved counselled back to normality. We respectfully disagree. So what is the difference between Addiction Counseling and Clinical Psychology? Traditionally, the main difference between counseling and clinical psychology is down to their perspectives and training. Bethesda Rehabilitation Centre fully understands the essential need for addressing psychological issues, […]

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Addiction Psychology

The ‘Psychology of Addiction’ & Addiction Treatment Are we diseased? Are we confused? Or is the confusion the disease? Addiction Psychology aims to help you understand the haunting “Why” behind the reason that you are looking at this website! Why do some people get addicted to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, food etc and others don’t? Theories abound within the various disciplines of the scientific and the medical world and yet the […]

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12 Step Dangers

The Dangers of The Twelve Steps Since its conception in 1935 the approach of Alcoholics Anonymous has grown to become the most widely used organization for individuals seeking to recover from alcoholism (the reader must personalise and substitute Narcotics/Cocaine/Gamblers where applicable). Many facilities across the world have adopted the AA Philosophy and have been instrumental in assisting probably millions of suffering individuals, and their families in how to view themselves […]

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Parent: Ellen

Hello Colin,

Thanks for your email, but apologies are not expected from anyone at Bethesda at all. You are all doing an incredible job under what must often be very trying and stressful circumstances and I know, understand and most importantly appreciate where your priorities lie. Everyone’s dedication and encouragement has been a source of great inspiration through a very difficult time. I have nothing but admiration for the selfless way in which you all give of yourselves, everything that you have to give. You have all become like family to Marie and have been an eye opener for me.

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Parent: Email from grateful mom

Hi Colin, just to confirm that I will pay R***** into your bank account towards the end of the month to cover an additional two week’s stay for Mary – can you please supply me with your banking details? I am overwhelmed with your offer to let Lisa stay on for an additional two weeks after that, and cannot thank you enough. Again, if anyone asked me to recommend a […]

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Parent: Veronica

An Essay of Gratitude Colin Garnett has asked if I would mind giving you my opinion of Bethesda. At the risk of writing an essay of gratitude (which I’ll do anyway), I attach 2 photographs of my daughter, Kathryn Twine. One taken within the year before she went into Bethesda in 2006 and one taken within the first year of her being home from Rehab. From my first encounter with […]

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Parent: Devon’s mom

Dear Colin and staff I am really thrilled to tell you that the guy I have in my home, is not the same one you knew. Whilst I am very aware that addiction can (and probably has) rear its ugly head again, I’ve taken a deep breath and decided to thank our blessings as Devin is not only studying Anatomy (as you know the word “study” was like an insult […]

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Client: Deon

No-one chooses to be an addict – not one of those losers. To turn their backs on a normal life, rather choosing a parody of a life which ultimately ends in a lonely death, devoid of family, friends and dignity. Yet this is what almost happened to me. My name is Deon. I am 40 years old, a medical professional, and a partner in a successful nationwide group. I am […]

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Client: John

Primarily Bethesda is a unit for men and women coming out of addiction, but listen to a testimony from the leader of a Drug Crisis Office: “Hi, my name is John, I am 40 years old and in April of 2005, I will be 7 years “sober” following 20 years of active addiction. For five years of the seven, I have been in full time Christian ministry, with two in […]

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Client: Louanne

I arrived at Bethesda from a treatment centre in Cape Town. I have been in the best facilities and had the best counsellors that my parent’s money could buy. I could not however, get clean. I told myself that I would ‘do’ Bethesda for one month, enjoy the aesthetics of the place, obsess about my weight – things like that and generally give myself a break. I have now been […]

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