Houghton House is the leading SA Rehab Centre. It is estimated that 15% of South Africa’s population suffer from some form of substance abuse but this is very difficult to verify due the clandestine nature of the problem and the stigma attached to it. Statistics are dated although it is claimed that drug consumption in South Africa is twice the world norm1. While we may not have accurate statistical data numbers will help to identify the scale of the problem but certainly will not help in solving it. There’s no denying that substance abuse is a huge societal issue and it’s time to address it even more vigorously, head on. At Houghton House we believe that curbing the effects of addiction and assisting those affected by it is not only possible, it’s crucial.
As we are all too aware substance abuse results in illnesses, crime, accidents, child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness and unemployment2. The negative effects of addiction not only affect the user but all those around him/her and, ultimately, society as a whole.
Before we explain how Houghton House can help you or a loved one we need to take a closer look at the nature of addiction. Drug or alcohol addiction or addiction to both is a complex disease with two basic qualities: the first being that the user sometimes uses more than he/she would like to use. The second is that the user continues to use despite negative consequences3.
The majority of addicts start using drugs or alcohol to escape from or cope with their problems or realities, to relax or to fit in with their peers. While thinking they are in control and that the alcohol or drugs are actually helping them deal with their situation or needs, over time the substances take control of the users; making them feel that they cannot cope without them. The effects are devastating with users withdrawing from normal human interactions and becoming ever more willing to do anything to support their habit. Additional consequences are tolerance whereby the users requires more and more of their chosen substance to experience the same euphoria or relief they initially experienced as well as damage to their self-esteem. At Houghton House we believe that addiction can be effectively prevented, treated and managed by healthcare professionals in combination with family and peer support.
With over 20 years of experience the Houghton House Group is the leading treatment centre authority in substance abuse treatment, in South Africa. We have achieved this by adopting the multi-disciplinary Minnesota Model of treatment which has been proven to provide a high success rate of alcohol and drug addiction recovery and rehabilitation.
The Minnesota Model is a holistic treatment model encompassing the twelve steps approach. Together with the expertise of medical and therapeutic professionals, our counsellors have hands-on experience with the twelve steps, addiction treatment, dependency as well as recovery processes and techniques. Experience shows that the odds of recovery are greatest when all approaches are considered and correctly combined. Medical and psychiatric care covers the dual diagnosis of any other psychiatric conditions that often accompany alcoholism and drug addiction such as depression or other anxiety disorders. We provide therapy by trained counsellors that have gone through the experience of moving from active substance abuse to recovery and are able to personally relate to patients’ challenges. These exceptional counsellors also provide living proof of the new life that can be achieved in recovery and are the embodiment of our commitment to beating and providing drug and alcohol addiction recovery in South Africa.
For more information or for assistance for you or a loved one please do not hesitate to visit https://www.houghtonhouse.co.za/contact-us/ Alternatively you can call our 24 hour emergency helpline: 079 7707532 (local) +27 79 7707532 (international) or reach us during
office hours on 011 787 9142 (local) +27 11 787 9142 (international)
Helping people to regain their lives, since 1995.
- http://www.theaac.co.za. CDA – 2009