Replacement Therapy

Replacement Therapy, also known as medication-assisted treatment, involves substituting an addictive substance with a safer alternative. It is primarily used for opioid or nicotine addiction.

The most common form of Replacement Therapy for opioid addiction is through medications like methadone or buprenorphine. These medications help normalise brain chemistry, reduce withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings. Opioid Replacement Therapy is a method in medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction, where harmful opioids like heroin are substituted with legal, longer-acting opioids like methadone or buprenorphine. This replacement helps in reducing cravings and the risk of relapse. These medications work by occupying opioid receptors in the brain, thus preventing the high associated with illicit opioid use.

Methadone and buprenorphine are the primary drugs used in ORT. Methadone, a full opioid agonist, can be taken once daily due to its long half-life and is effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. Buprenorphine, often combined with naloxone, is another option. Sometimes, medications like naltrexone are prescribed to block the effects of opioids.

Studies show that Methadone Maintenance Therapy (MMT) is effective in increasing retention in substance abuse programs and reducing heroin use. The duration of treatment is linked to recovery success. Despite its benefits, methadone, classified as a Schedule II controlled substance, has potential for abuse and requires close supervision and psychotherapeutic support.

For nicotine addiction, Replacement Therapy often involves the use of nicotine replacement products like patches, gum or inhalers. These products deliver a controlled dose of nicotine to the body, decreasing the severity of withdrawal symptoms and making it easier to quit smoking.

It is key to note that Replacement Therapy is often combined with counselling and behavioural therapies to address the underlying causes and triggers of addiction. This comprehensive approach increases the chances of long-term recovery and minimises the risk of relapse.

    Addiction & Mental Health

    Treatment Services

    View More

    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.

    Scroll to top
    Call Us Now