When it comes to addiction treatment and recovery, one term you might often come across is “program.” In the addiction recovery community, this term refers to a structured approach or method used to help individuals overcome their addiction and achieve long-term sobriety.

The 12-step program, which was first introduced by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the 1930s, is perhaps the most well-known example of a “program”. It provides a framework for recovery that involves admitting powerlessness over addiction, seeking support from others in recovery and making amends for past actions.

Over time, various other programs have emerged, each with its own unique approach. Some programs focus on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which aims to identify and change unhealthy thought patterns and behaviors. Others incorporate mindfulness-based techniques or holistic approaches that address the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of addiction.

The key feature of any program is its structured nature. By following a program, you receive guidance on how to navigate the challenges of addiction recovery. It outlines specific steps, tools or techniques that you can implement to facilitate your healing and growth.

Programs can be offered in different settings, such as inpatient rehab facilities, outpatient clinics or community support groups. They may include individual counselling sessions, group therapy, educational workshops, relapse prevention strategies and ongoing support after treatment.

Specialised substance abuse treatment programs generally aim to achieve three main goals: reducing substance abuse or attaining a substance-free life, enhancing various aspects of life functioning and minimising the frequency and severity of relapse. While the primary objective for most patients is abstinence, reaching this goal often involves several attempts and a realisation of the necessity for abstinence.

Achieving freedom from alcohol or drugs is just the beginning. Many patients face complex challenges including medical and mental illnesses, relationship disruptions, social and vocational skill deficits, work or school performance issues and legal or financial problems. Treatment programs work to address these issues, improving physical health, treating psychiatric disorders, enhancing psychological functioning, resolving relationship, financial and legal problems and developing educational and vocational skills. Exploring spiritual matters and finding suitable recreational activities are also part of the process.

Treatment increasingly includes preparing for potential relapse, teaching patients to recognise and avoid triggers, manage cravings and develop plans for stressful situations. Understanding what to do after a slip is fundamental for relapse prevention, especially in the context of shorter intensive interventions and the focus on aftercare post-discharge.

The effectiveness of treatment varies among individuals and programs but long-term studies show encouraging results. Most patients eventually stop compulsive use with less frequent and severe relapses. Prolonged abstinence post-treatment is a good success indicator with a high percentage of those abstinent for 2 years remaining so at 10 years. Longer treatment durations often predict better outcomes and those with fewer pre-existing problems typically benefit more. Continued involvement in aftercare or self-help groups is also linked to success.

Recent studies indicate no single treatment approach is universally effective and outcomes improve when life problems associated with drinking are addressed. Various factors, including therapist and patient characteristics and treatment processes, influence outcomes. Patients reducing alcohol consumption or achieving abstinence usually improve in other life areas.

Comparisons between treatment compliance and relapse rates in substance abuse and chronic medical conditions like hypertension, asthma and diabetes show similar success rates, suggesting drug addiction treatment is as effective as treatments for these chronic medical conditions.

Choosing the right program is essential for your recovery process. It should align with your needs, beliefs and preferences. Some individuals may find solace in the anonymity and fellowship of traditional 12-step programs like AA or Narcotics Anonymous (NA). Others might prefer alternative approaches like SMART Recovery or Refuge Recovery, which focus on self-empowerment and mindfulness.

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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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