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Compromising Principles

I find my experience in early recovery has had a few challenges. On one hand I’m trying to live by certain principals that I adopt from those around me in recovery and from the fellowship meetings I attend. On the other hand I’m fighting my old principals that I learnt from using drugs for so many years. It became clear from the first time, I entered a treatment centre that […]

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Loretta’s Bethesda Experience

My experience and recovery through Bethesda I would wish to apportion with you my journey through addiction and my sobriety and peace found here in South Africa at Bethesda. I come from England and having been to several rehab clinics in Manchester, Scotland and London resulting in short bouts of sobriety with no genuine recovery, I remember blaming the clinics for not staying sober!  I did the geographical trying to […]

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THE A.A. PROMISES If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness. We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. No matter how far down the scale we have gone, […]

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My Bethesda Experience

I arrived at Bethesda with a front of false confidence, behind the smile was a broken soul. Doubt reigned over me, so many rehab admissions, and so many failures. The most asked question followed me around, “what’s going to be different this time”? The truth was I didn’t know. What I did know is that, my addiction was not only manifesting itself in drug abuse, it had taken on new […]

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God and Recovery

If you choose to follow a 12 step program or any program with substance, you are going to have to come to terms with the fact that you are not in control. Step One if fully accepted, lived and understood should leave you in a dark corner. Okay, so I’m not in control of my addiction. My obsessiveness and compulsion to use is larger and more powerful than I am. […]

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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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