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12 Step Fellowships and other Support Systems

If you understand the fundamental foundation of Step One “We admitted we were powerless over our addiction and that our lives had become unmanageable” you will understand the need for a dedicated support systems. The powerlessness they are referring to in Step One is one of will power, in and around the substance or behaviour a using addict has little to no power over the decision to use. With that […]

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Transition from Treatment to Early Recovery

Transition from Treatment to Early Recovery Part One Majority of relapses happen within the first few months after leaving rehab, having a solid foundation is one thing, the other is having an understanding of transition. The aftercare process is vital and is being overlooked by many treatment centres. Below we will address some of the important dynamics that people in early recovery will face once they leave rehab. (Please note […]

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Do and Dont’s for Early Recovery

DO – Ask for help from people you trust In Early Recovery this is probably the single most important piece of advice for someone who continues to struggle with drug or alcohol addiction. The reason such a person is struggling is because they are dealing with a problem all by themselves, and they are constantly battling with the fact that they cannot overcome their problem alone. Many of us are […]

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Relapse and what to look out for

Relapse can and does happen. Relapse is more than just using alcohol or drugs.  It is the progressive process of becoming so dysfunctional in recovery that self-medication with alcohol or drugs seems like a reasonable choice. The relapse process is a lot like knocking over a line of dominoes.  The first domino hits the second, which hits the third, and soon a progressive chain reaction has started.  The sequence of […]

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Detoxification from Substance Addiction

Often and quite rightly so the detox part of treatment for someone addicted to a substance is the most worrying and difficult to successfully overcome. Many people worldwide remain trapped in addiction for years while avoiding the withdrawal effects during detox. Over the past 20 years through science and medicine, chemists have created substances specifically designed to ease and in some cases almost remove the withdrawal symptoms of addictive substances. […]

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Life on Life’s Terms

As we all know life throws out some curve balls. Nothing is to be expected except the unexpected. People pass away, friends leave, plans change. The only constant is that life has its own terms and conditions. I can’t control the way other people are, I can’t change the way life works, I can however change the way I react to life. Being clean has given me the ability to […]

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Meeting Family Needs

Early Recovery Conflict Management The journey between active destructive addiction, expensive clinical treatment, early recovery and consistent social stability, is fraught with Family and Relationship Conflict. It’s the one guarantee that very few programmes warn you about or prepare you for. An integral component of the treatment programme at Bethesda Recovery, a Drug Rehab Centre in South Africa, is our practical and understandable ‘Conflict Awareness, Management, Resolution & Change’ seminars. Our aim […]

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Treatment Of Drug Addiction

In the search for addiction treatment you may find a wide variety of treatment approaches, and several definitions of what actually constitutes (a) an addiction and therefore (b) a relevant treatment. One model is the Behaviour Modification Model. According to Wikipedia ‘The first use of the term behavior modification appears to have been by Edward Thorndike in 1911. Through early research in the 1940s and the 1950s the term was used […]

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Self Discipline

From Colin’s drug rehabilitation office: Coming out of an addiction and into a new normal happens in phases. We do not simply put the chemicals down and then find ourselves as a central figure in our perception of what normal really looks like. We come out of the fog of war and into a therapeutic environment, but at that point we are not in recovery, we are in treatment.

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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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Plettenberg Bay

Bethesda’s Home in Plettenberg Bay From the outset it has to be emphasised that the entire team at Bethesda Addictions Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre has your freedom from addiction and your growth into recovery at the very centre of our aims and objectives for you. We would not lose one minutes sleep if all you did was arrive at Bethesda and bury your head in to the assignments and the counselling sessions […]

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