Chemical Dependency

Chemical dependency can be defined as an individual being physically and /or mentally addicted to alcohol or drugs. If a person is chemically dependent and cannot get the substance, withdrawal symptoms may result. This is one of the diagnostic criteria of addiction to alcohol or other drugs. “Chemical Dependency refers to the physical and psychological reliance on substances such as drugs or alcohol.

The history of chemical dependency dates back centuries with substance abuse being prevalent throughout various cultures. In the early 20th century, the medical community began recognising addiction as a chronic disease rather than a moral failing. This shift in perception paved the way for addiction treatment centers and the use of the term “”chemical dependency.””

In the addiction recovery community, individuals often refer to themselves or others as chemically dependent when they rely on substances to function or cope with daily life. Physical dependence occurs when your body becomes accustomed to the presence of the substance, leading to withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop or reduce use. Psychological dependence, on the other hand, refers to the emotional reliance on the substance to manage stress, anxiety or other negative feelings.

Treatment for chemical dependency typically involves a combination of therapy, medications and support groups. Rehab centers specialise in providing a structured and supportive environment for individuals to detoxify from substances, address underlying issues and learn coping mechanisms to maintain long-term sobriety.

While chemical dependency predominantly encompasses drug and alcohol addiction, it can also include other substances such as prescription medications or even behaviors like gambling. Addiction recovery centers aim to tackle these dependencies holistically, recognising the complex interplay between physical, mental and emotional aspects of addiction.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specialising in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance our organisation facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualised care that addresses the physical, mental and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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