What are the Rehabilitation Options for Substance Abuse in South Africa?

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What are the Rehabilitation Options for Substance Abuse in South Africa?

19 February, 2020Articles, News

Rehabilitation is a process that begins with abstinence and requires deep mental, emotional and spiritual change. For addicts struggling with substance abuse, entering rehab may be a daunting proposition but for thousands of people who go on to lead successful lives after active addiction, it is the beginning of a long-term solution. There are a number of rehabilitation options for substance abuse in South Africa. Some addicts turn to religion for the answer while others turn to psychiatry and alternative medicine for help. At Crossroads Recovery Centre, we believe that the most effective option is a combination of a number of therapeutic techniques and the integration of 12-step recovery.

What happens in a group therapy session? Many addicts want to know the answer to this question before entering rehab, because the prospect can be intimidating. Speaking about your feelings in front of a group of strangers? Many people would rather not even entertain the idea. But group therapy has proved effective in the treatment of substance abuse. And the solution lies in the effectiveness of one addict helping another. When addicts are able to relate to each other, share their stories and be open about their feelings in an environment that is safe and respectful, real and lasting change can start to occur. For this reason, we recommend that when looking for rehabilitation options for substance abuse in South Africa, you look for a programme that includes professionally facilitated group therapy sessions. You may be surprised at just how effective this method can be.

12-step recovery is one method of arresting the disease of addiction and finding a new way to live. It is the programme used by 12-step fellowships like Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholic Anonymous. At Crossroads Recovery Centres, we ensure that addicts are introduced to the 12 steps while they are in treatment so that they can become accustomed to incorporating 12-step meetings into their everyday lives, as well as other aspects of the programme including getting a sponsor, doing stepwork and being of service to others. In our experience, integration with the 12 steps is a vital part of effective rehabilitation options for substance abuse in South Africa. The addict is introduced to a fellowship of men and women who want nothing more than to help each other recover. And for many, being surrounded by this loving and caring community is indispensable.

If you or a loved one is in search of help for substance abuse, know that help is readily available. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll support you in your journey.

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