Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is more correctly referred to by the medical profession as substance abuse but for the ordinary person drug abuse gives a clearer picture for many of the common drugs. Drug abuse occurs when drugs are used for pleasure in an addictive way. What starts off as an experiment soon becomes and addiction and a real illness. Drug abuse can lead to many harmful effects on the body.  But drug abuse is also well recognised as a cause of deteriorating relationships especially marriage breakdown.  Drug abuse is also associated with increases in crime, violence and unemployment. Drug is a depressant and drug abuse is a common cause of depression.  Although typically the drug user will see taking the drug as a way of relieving their depression. Drug abuse can be treated and this would most safely involve a supervised medical drug detoxification followed by a period of rehab at a drug rehabilitation centre.

Drug abuse refers to the excessive and harmful use of drugs, whether legal or illegal, that negatively affects your physical and mental well-being. It is a serious issue that can lead to addiction, destroying not only your health but also your relationships, work and overall quality of life.

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Historically, drug abuse has been a problem for societies worldwide. From ancient civilizations to modern times, the misuse of drugs has caused significant social, economic and health consequences. Today, extensive research has been conducted to understand the causes and develop effective approaches to treat drug addiction.

Rehabs and addiction treatment centers play a important role in helping individuals overcome drug abuse and addiction. These facilities provide a supportive environment where you can receive professional help to break free from the grip of drugs. They offer a range of evidence-based treatments tailored to your specific needs, such as detoxification, counselling, therapy and aftercare support.

In the addiction recovery community, certain terminology is commonly used to describe various aspects of drug abuse and recovery. Here are a few terms you may come across:

1. Substance Use Disorder (SUD): This is a clinical term used to diagnose drug addiction. It encompasses a range of problematic patterns of substance use that lead to significant impairment or distress.

2. Withdrawal: When your body has become dependent on a substance, stopping its use can result in withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be physical, such as nausea or insomnia or psychological like anxiety or irritability.

3. Relapse: Relapse refers to the return to drug use after a period of abstinence. It is a common challenge during the recovery process, highlighting the need for ongoing support and relapse prevention strategies.

4. Co-occurring Disorders: Many individuals struggling with drug abuse also experience other mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. These are often referred to as co-occurring disorders and require comprehensive treatment.

5. Twelve-Step Programs: Twelve-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), provide a peer support framework based on a set of guiding principles to help individuals achieve and maintain abstinence.

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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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