A prognosis in addiction treatment refers to the expected outcome or the likelihood of an individual’s recovery from addiction. This prediction helps both professionals and those in treatment understand the chances of successfully overcoming addiction.

The process of establishing a prognosis takes into account several factors including the length and intensity of the addiction, any co-existing mental health issues, the individual’s overall health and the support systems in place. These elements enable addiction specialists to evaluate the probability of attaining and sustaining sobriety over time.

It’s important to note that each person’s prognosis is distinct and can evolve. While some may find success in treatment and maintain recovery, others might encounter more obstacles or experience relapses. This variability points to the need for personalised treatment strategies, continually adapted based on each individual’s evolving prognosis.

In addiction recovery, it’s understood that a favorable prognosis doesn’t assure an easy path to recovery, just as a challenging prognosis doesn’t mean failure is certain.

Addictive disorders often exhibit a recurrent or cyclical patterns, characterised by alternating phases of controlled use, abstinence and relapse. The cycle can be broken but the process is complex. Repeated drug use associates environmental cues with cravings and compulsive behaviors, deeply ingraining the addiction. Over time, the same substance provides less euphoria and disrupts previously enjoyable daily activities, leading to substance use primarily to alleviate discomfort.

Addiction can lead to cognitive damage, impairing the ability to cease substance use. Often, it co-occurs with mental disorders like depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, complicating treatment. Risks include infectious diseases through shared materials or unprotected sex and developmental issues in babies born to substance-using pregnant women. Addiction also impacts executive functions affecting self-regulation and decision-making.

Treatment involves two main stages: detoxification, where drug use stops and withdrawal symptoms are managed medically and a longer detoxification or cessation phase, focusing on functioning without substance use. The recovery process is cyclic with stages of planning, considering pros and cons and taking action. Ambivalence and relapse are common, yet they do not preclude eventual successful abstinence and clinical stability.

    Addiction & Mental Health

    Treatment Services

    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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