Intensive Outpatient Programme

Who is it for:

The intensive First Step Outpatient Programme has been designed for individuals who are suffering from Substance Use Disorders, but financial stresses, legal issues, work obligations and/or family responsibilities make it impractical for them to attend an inpatient programme


Houghton House’s intensive outpatient programme, First Step, is located in Ferndale Randburg.


5 evenings per week for a period of 6 weeks


Outpatient ProgrammeFirst Step is designed to give individuals unable to take time off, the best possible chance of a successful recovery while they continue with their everyday lives.
We employ life skills education to promote and maintain recovery. Our goal is to help each individual maintain lasting recovery and become a productive member of society.

The programme mainly focuses on behavioural and lifestyle changes. We support and empower alcoholics and drug addicts with the necessary tools to manage their addictive behaviour patterns and attitude towards life.

The outpatient treatment programme is based on the same principles as the residential programme. Essential aspects and components of the residential programme have been selected and combined to provide a condensed version for individuals who seek treatment but cannot book into a primary care facility.

Lectures and group sessions are attended in the evening, and thus do not impinge on the client’s daily responsibilities.

The programme includes:

  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Assistance with reintegration
  • Family workshops and lectures
  • Educational groups

Benefits of Outpatient Treatment:


With outpatient treatment, you can get the services you need in a way that suits your personal schedule. This is ideal for those clients who cannot be away from home, studies or work.


Since many of our services are after-hours, it reduces the need for patients to explain extended time away from their existing commitments.

Access to Support

The outpatient programs allow individuals to remain in close proximity to their loved ones and support network while receiving the medical or behavioral addiction treatment they need.


Outpatient treatment is generally less expensive than inpatient programmes, while providing the same high level of attention and care. Medical aid coverage is accepted for many aspects of the First Step outpatient services

Ongoing Care

The regular support groups at First Step ensure that clients remain connected to their recovery community. Our multi-disciplinary team of professional staff are always on site and available.


Our staff members are highly qualified and proficient, treating clients with the dignity, care and empathy that they deserve to help them to re-establish a more positive self-image that is fundamental to overcoming their problem.

Our extended care programme is staffed by a range of professionals, including certified addiction counsellors, consulting psychologists and psychiatrists.

For more information on our  Outpatient Programme, Addiction Treatment or  Fighting Substance Abuse and getting yourself into rehab to start a new life, call Houghton House now:

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