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Choosing the Right Rehab Centre in Cape Town

When evaluating one of the many types of alcohol, drug and all Addiction Treatment Programs in Cape Town, remember that everyone’s needs are different. In general, the longer and more intense the addiction use, the longer and more intense the treatment you may need. The deeper the foundation of “recovery” that is built in treatment, the easier it can be when you leave.

Regardless of a program’s length in weeks or months, support and long-term follow-up are crucial to recovery. A quality treatment program not only addresses the Addiction, but it also addresses the emotional & spiritual pain and other life problems that contribute to your drug alcohol Addiction.

When you start looking for an Addiction Treatment Centre in Cape Town, you may see advertisements for programs in tranquil settings with gorgeous views. While amenities like that are nice to have, they probably come with a big price tag. Focus on what is truly important: appropriate licensing, quality of care during the program, the program itself follow-up services, and staff credentials.

This is what we look at:

Program accreditation and licensing

Make sure the Addiction Treatment Centre in Cape Town, program is accredited.  We also check to ensure that the program is run by qualified, well-trained mental health professionals and addiction specialists and the effectiveness of the program's treatment methods. All of this is a lot to cover and understand, so call us and let us take the strain for you.

It’s not always easy to see when your Addiction has crossed the line from moderate or social use to problematic. But if you consume alcohol or take drugs to cope with difficulties or to avoid feeling bad, you’re in potentially dangerous territory. Alcoholism and alcohol abuse can sneak up on you, so it’s important to be aware of the warning signs and be able to recognize them. Understanding the problem is the first step to overcoming it.

Addiction is due to many interconnected factors, including genetics, how you were raised, your social environment, and your emotional health.

People who have a family history of drug or alcoholism or other addictions, or who associate closely with heavy drinkers and addicts are more likely to develop addiction problems. Finally, those who suffer from a mental health problem such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder are also particularly at risk, because substances may be used to self-medicate.

Cape Town Addiction Treatment

You will need to determine if you should opt for residential rehab or outpatient treatment. Inpatient addiction treatment facilities require those suffering from addiction to live at the rehab center during the duration of the treatment process. Patients are on site 24 hours a day, allowing their recovery to be the sole focus of their lives for that period of time. Inpatient treatment can be highly effective, with success rates increasing dramatically for those spending at least 30 to 90 days in a program. There are also outpatient treatment options where those seeking help can meet for counseling and medical treatment at predetermined dates and times, but patients continue to live at home during treatment.

Residential treatment programs come in a variety of types. There are holistic programs that approach treatment from a whole-body perspective, incorporating various natural therapies to promote overall health and contentment. Gender-specific rehab programs offer care for women or men only, allowing each gender to focus on their recovery without distractions from the opposite sex and to address certain issues that are particular to their gender. Teen rehab programs address the unique challenges of teens in recovery, and religious rehab programs incorporate various religious philosophies into their treatment models. 12 Step Treatment facilities in Cape Town seem to get good results, as it is a programme you take away with you and continue to work.

Remember the longer a patient remains in rehab, the greater the chance they won't suffer a relapse when they return home.


The type of aftercare services the Addiction Rehab has, to prevent relapse. Is there a well-run aftercare program? Does it provide referrals to other recovery services and support groups in the community, Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous ( make these links) Make sure that a staff member will collaborate with you to create a discharge plan before you leave the program.


Addiction Treatment Outpatient programs in Cape Town, vary in length, depending on the specific needs of the patient. Some may involve daily eight-hour programs, whereas others may only meet for one to two hours per day. Before you join an outpatient programme you will need an assessment to see if there is suitability.

Outpatient Drug/Alcohol Rehab employs some of the same treatment practices as inpatient care, such as individual therapy, group support and life skills workshops. Most addicits in an outpatient program will be required to take weekly drug tests, to ensure they aren't relapsing when they are away from the facility.

If patients suffer from multiple addictions, or an addiction and mental health issue concurrently, outpatient care is not recommended. Likewise, outpatient treatment is not advised if the patient has had prior rehab treatment that resulted in relapse just after leaving treatment.


Sober living houses is a great way to still get the support you need and slowly reintegrate back into the world.

You live in a Sober living house with other recovering addicts, take on responsibilities such as chores and a job, and attend group therapy sessions. Since recovering addicts live in a sober environment with likeminded peers, there is less likelihood of relapse than if they were to immediately return to their home environment. The length of the period will be up to you, it can be from one month to a year.

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