Addiction And Mental Health Care In South Africa

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Addiction And Mental Health Care In South Africa on We Do Recover Rehab Finder

Medical Aid Pays For Rehab

Your hospital plan or medical aid should cover between 21 and 24 days of inpatient addiction treatment per year. We work with most medical aid schemes. We will coordinate your admission and, where possible, arrange pre-authorisation for you.

Addiction is a complicated disease that has been proven to affect the brain’s memory, learning and reward centres. Moving from active addiction into an active recovery is a massive change. Treatment requires focused attention in an appropriate environment, delivered by qualified professionals, for an appropriate amount of time. Success rates are linked to adequate treatment lengths. There is no short-term solution to a debilitating addiction.

A high proportion of alcoholics and addicts also suffer from mental health issues. Our preferred Johannesburg rehab offers dual diagnosis treatment and should you need a stabilising stay at a psychiatric clinic, your medical aid or hospital plan should cover up to 21 days there too.

Yes, it’s never a convenient time to push the “pause” button on your life and go to rehab. Being away from work and family isn’t easy. If you need extended care it’ll need to be privately funded… Yes, there are costs associated with getting treatment. But what’s the cost of not getting treatment?

Rehab For Alcohol and Drug Addictions

Most people assume that chronic addiction is only a result of the abuse of substances like drugs and alcohol. Addictions present themselves in various forms. Particular treatments, specific to the type of addiction, are recommended as studies show that these specialised treatments are far more effective than general recovery principles. In order to facilitate efficient and absolute recovery from individual addictions, We Do Recover offers a wide range of treatment options. We Do Recover treats drug and alcohol addictions, sex addictions, gambling, internet, pornography and work and shopping addictions, among others. Our facilities also provide relief for various behavioural irregularities and expert psychological help can be suggested and arranged within our network of specialist clinics.

Signs of Addiction

Determining whether your loved one has developed an addiction problem can be tricky to ascertain. However, the signs of a serious addiction become quite apparent over time and once the problem becomes clear, We Do Recover is available to step in and help. Specific addictions have particular signs and symptoms but the general signs of addiction include the following: Increased desire for and dependence upon, the substance or activity. Difficulty continuing with normal life; when the substance or activity is not involved. Drastic mood alterations based on the availability of the substance or engagement with the activity. Negative effects on one’s life caused by the excessive engagement with the activity or overuse of the substance. We Do Recover understands the necessity of devising a completely unique recovery plan for each individual and their respective addiction problem. We will also recommend and aid you or your loved one in the selection of the right treatment centre for the most rapid rehabilitation. We help treat any type of addiction that you might be struggling with and have a proven track record in absolute recovery from the most serious of dependences.

Are my concerns legitimate? Is it time to step in?

Below, you’ll find links to questionnaires designed to evaluate the presence of addiction. The first assesses addiction in someone close to you, the second reviews personal alcohol use to identify potential problems, and the third examines personal drug use. These questionnaires aim to pinpoint common signs of addiction, such as erratic behavior, social isolation, poor personal relationships, and changes in sleeping or eating habits.

Signs of addiction may include erratic or irresponsible behaviour, tendency to isolate or maintain unhealthy associations with people, poor eating and sleeping habits and dishonesty.

Help With Alcohol Abuse & Addiction

Severe alcohol addiction and cravings can drive an alcoholic to violent measures and criminal and fraudulent activities; in order to get their hands on another bottle. Insatiable cravings cause alcoholics to lose control of their morals, inhibitions and overall reasoning. Many alcoholics, who have good intentions to cut back or to stop drinking altogether, cannot achieve their goals on their own as their unhealthy relationship with alcohol prevents them from taking control of their actions and their lives. When it comes to conquering alcoholism for good, treatment by an equipped and experienced rehabilitation facility is of the utmost importance. We Do Recover is connected to a large base of highly regarded alcohol addiction treatment facilities and will help alcoholics, in search of help to get sober and to remain so.

Help With Drug Abuse & Addiction

Drug abuse and addiction is now recognised as an international epidemic. Abuse and addiction is not only limited to illicit drugs but extends to prescription drugs as well. The avenues for procuring illicit drugs these days are multiple, despite restrictions, bans and severe penalties and the use of these substances should be short-circuited with immediate effect, before serious addiction has a chance to take hold. We Do Recover is here to help you or your loved recover from a serious addiction to illicit drugs and like alcohol addiction, can suggest the right treatment facility for your individual dependence. Drugs are known to cause severe health problems and extreme life alterations. Signs of addiction, behaviour and corresponding treatment vary greatly from drug to drug and We Do Recover can assist with particular procedure for each and every one.

Help With Addiction to Prescription Drugs

The misconception that the use of prescription drugs is completely safe is a modern fallacy. Although doctors prescribe these drugs over the counter, the opportunities for addicts to abuse them are abundant. Prescription drug abuse occurs when anyone takes a scheduled drug in any capacity over and above the dosage prescribed by a doctor. Whether to achieve a high or to increase a tolerance to a particular drug, prescription drug abuse is rife in the US and around the world. Many users crush and snort their prescriptions in order to speed up the desirable chemical effects on the body. The danger presents itself when an addict, in an effort to stop the addiction, negates the prescription drug altogether. Rebound effects and chemical withdrawals often exacerbate the problem and expert medical help should be sought before one takes matters into one’s own hands to resolve an addiction. Just like illicit drugs, it is extremely dangerous to attempt detoxification from prescription drugs without professional aid. In a rehabilitation facility for prescription drug addictions, medical staff will monitor a patient 24/7 and a thorough recovery program, which includes therapy and positive life changes, must follow suit.

Help With Behavioural Disorders

An addiction to a particular activity or behaviour and not a substance, constitutes a behavioural disorder. These disorders are just as dangerous and life-threatening as alcohol and drug addictions and are not to be disregarded or taken lightly. Problems with eating develop into some of the most life threatening illnesses in the modern world and treatment should be immediate and progressive.  The extent of the particular disorder is determined by the individual case and We Do Recover specialises in the unique treatment of the above afflictions. Therapy is highly necessary, within the treatment programmes of these disorders to determine the emotional and situational triggers that have sparked the addiction in the first place. Group talk, cognitive and behavioural therapy as well as mild exercise and meditation are all aspects of a positive holistic approach to recovery. Continued, extensive care after initial treatment is vital when it comes to behavioural disorders and  a solid support base as well as regular therapy and check-ups, are also recommended. We Do Recover can provide this support for individuals recovering from life-threatening disorders.

The key is to help the person suffering from addiction to come to the realisation that they have a problem. For their loved ones, it often means to “stop enabling” their behaviour, otherwise known as letting them face the consequences of their illness. When the case is too severe and stopping enabling doesn’t break through the denial, staging an intervention or in extreme cases organising a court order may be necessary. While these extreeme cases do happen the majority of cases are handled in collaboration with the family and the person struggling with the active addiction. Helping them find a common ground on which we can establish a viable path forward for everyone concerned.

What We Do To Help You?

We Do Recover provides addiction treatment services for people struggling with addiction or mental health issues.  All our clinics are staffed by accredited professionals treating addiction, psychiatric issues, treatment and recovery. Our UK, Thailand and South Africa clinics are fully licensed and employ certified staff. Our professional staff includes psychiatrists, GP’s, psychologists, addiction counsellors, social workers and nurses, who provide end to end treatment and care.

We have found that people often don’t know what resources are available to them when they are faced with addiction. Addicted people and their families either don’t know about the rehab centres in their area or are confused about which one to choose. We help you to find a centre, make a booking and get the help that is most suited to your needs. We have contacts with many different addiction and alcohol rehab centres and know which will be best for your particular situation.

How It Works?

Contact is initiated by the client through our website or through one of our telephone lines. Once an initial addiction assessment is completed and with your permission, we provide your contact details to the service that can best help you. We assess which service will best meet your needs and will liaise between you and the service provider. Whether your addiction is to alcohol, drugs, sex, food (eating-disorders like bulimia, anorexia, overeating, binging and purging), gambling or codependence – We Do Recover can arrange for an immediate admission to the best alcohol rehab clinics and addictions treatment centres in your area. The service providers we work with are all licensed and registered facilities that provide superb addictions treatment.

"Thank you so much; your team was outstanding in supporting my partner's recovery." – Anika

"The compassionate support my daughter received from your team gave us hope during tough times." – Lian

"Your care during my husband's darkest days was amazing for our family." – Jacks

"The professionalism and empathy shown by your staff to my sister were beyond commendable." – Piet

"I can't express enough how much your support has meant for my brother's recovery." – Pierre

"Thanks to your team, my wife has found a new beginning." – Tom

"I appreciate the dedication you showed towards my son's recovery." – Willam

"Every step of the way, your team was there with my fiancé. Thank you!" – Ava

"The support provided by your staff was instrumental in my mother's recovery." – Marius

"Thank you for the hope and strength you've given my father." – Isla

"Your team's approach was exactly what my nephew needed to recover." – Lucas

"The understanding and help from your counsellors have changed my granddaughter's life." – Mia

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"Forever thankful for all the help and encouragement you provided my partner." – Alfie

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"I've regained control over my life, seeing how you've helped my son." – Elize

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Why Rehab Centres Work?

Rehabilitation centres are crafted to support individuals on their recovery, addressing both physical and mental aspects of addiction while offering educational support for both the individual and their families. Modern facilities are designed to offer a homely atmosphere but are managed by specialists tailored to meet the diverse needs of each patient. The selection of a rehab centre is essential, prioritising the patient’s specific requirements. This tailored strategy includes medical, psychological and social support services, aiming to provide everyone with an opportunity for a successful recovery.

Since 1998, we have conducted over 160 successful interventions across Africa, North America, the UK, and Asia, demonstrating our capacity to manage severe dependencies effectively, with optimal treatment durations around 90 days. We recognise the intricate links between addiction, criminality, and violence and strive to enhance safety globally through our high-quality services. Primarily serving the private sector, our clients typically utilise South African medical aid schemes or international private health insurance to cover treatment costs, although some opt to pay privately.

Our comprehensive approach includes educating and supporting families throughout the addiction treatment process—from initial inquiry and admission to the family program and ongoing aftercare. This involvement significantly enhances treatment outcomes. Rehab not only offers a critical lifeline, saving lives and mitigating broader economic impacts, but it also addresses legal and personal issues, and provides a structured environment for safe detox and therapy. Here, individuals can engage in deep self-reflection and develop strategies for lasting sobriety, avoiding the high risks associated with unassisted withdrawal attempts.

The Treatment Process

The various steps in the addiction rehabilitation process will depend on the individual’s type and severity of addiction, however, the all treatment processes share essential elements:

  • Assessment & Admission
  • Detox (Detoxification)
  • Rehabilitation (Treatment)
  • Aftercare (Ongoing Recovery)

All our patients are carefully assessed by certified professionals. Only then can appropriate, evidence-based therapies be delivered through an individualised treatment plan.

The pre-admission screening and assessment phase is really a two-way street. Whilst the clinical team needs to know that they can meet the patient’s needs, there are multiple options that can be created to meet your individual and specific needs.

Our patients are old or young, professionals or laymen, from wealthy backgrounds or have lost everything due to addiction; some have dysfunctional family backgrounds. Some patients haven’t dealt with significant loss and need to grieve with compassionate attention. They may have been physically or sexually abused.

Some have suffered from depression or other mental health disorders. Some have been in an accident or fought in a war and are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

How Much Does Rehab Cost?

Prices vary depending on the facility and the duration of stay. Your medical aid will often cover up to 21 days of addiction treatment, as well as 21 days of mental health inpatient care, per year. Contact our rehab Johannesburg centre to get the most up to date view of the costs of treatment.

Private rehab facilities offer several advantages over public options, including shorter waiting times for admission, higher quality of care with better facilities, and more personalised treatment options. These centres typically feature a lower staff-to-patient ratio, ensuring individualised attention and tailored therapy sessions. Privacy and anonymity are also prioritised, appealing to those concerned with confidentiality. Additionally, private rehabs often provide extensive aftercare and continuous support post-treatment, crucial for maintaining long-term sobriety. These factors collectively enhance the effectiveness and comfort of the recovery process in private care settings.

Not seeking treatment for addiction can have severe repercussions across all areas of an individual’s life, including damaged relationships due to erratic and volatile behavior, career setbacks from decreased productivity and job loss, and financial instability caused by the high costs of substances and reduced earning capacity. Legal issues are also common, ranging from minor infractions to serious crimes, further complicating recovery.

Addiction severely impacts mental and physical health, leading to co-occurring mental health disorders and significant organ damage or infectious diseases, which increase medical expenses. Additionally, the focus on addiction often halts personal development, causing missed opportunities for growth and a significant decline in overall life satisfaction. Therefore, the cumulative effects of avoiding addiction treatment highlight the importance of seeking help early to mitigate these extensive adverse effects.

We work with most medical aid schemes and families in sourcing funding to pay for professional rehab treatment. For individuals without medical-aid, securing funding for rehab can be challenging, yet feasible with various alternatives. Rehab centers often assist in exploring funding sources, including sliding scale fees based on income, payment plans, or financial aid through community resources, charities and government programs. Additionally, families can pursue crowdfunding or seek support from religious and community groups to gather necessary funds, ensuring those in need receive essential treatment despite the absence of insurance.

Rehabilitation Centres in Johannesburg

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We Do Recover provides guidance based on experience in addiction treatment but does not offer diagnostic services or guarantee treatment outcomes. Our consultants, skilled in the field, cannot diagnose conditions over the phone but provide tailored advice following best practice principles. We encourage clients to seek professional medical, psychiatric, or psychological interventions, as our telephonic support primarily aims to assist in selecting clinically sound and affordable rehab centres. Although we collaborate with registered centres that employ qualified clinicians, we do not own these centres and thus cannot ensure the quality of treatment provided. It is important to note that admission to a rehab centre does not guarantee recovery from addiction.


Step 1.

Make The Call

Whether you are ready for treatment or not. Our helpline is 100% confidential and we are here to chat.

Step 2.

Medical Detox

Step 2 consists of the detoxification process. All you need to do is show up and we will help with the rest.

Step 3.

Residential Treatment

Step 3 begins when detox is completed. During this phase, you can expect intensive residential treatment.

Step 4.

Outpatient & Aftercare

Step 4 is when you begin to re-enter society, armed with the tools needed for lifelong recovery from addiction.

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