World-Class South African Drug Rehab Centre
The Best Rehab in Gauteng

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Inside Houghton House, Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Centres, considered by many to be the best rehab centre in South Africa, at our recovery centre you’ll find our dedicated staff and the best and most successful recovery programme available in South Africa.

When Alex Hamlyn and Dan Wolf created this rehabilitation centre over 25 years ago, they began with two goals in mind.
1) To help people with drug addiction problems and
2) Put together one of the finest drug rehabilitation centres
– and a dedicated team of addiction professionals to serve Johannesburg, South Africa.


An Expert Qualified Team of Professionals

The team is comprised of physiatrists, psychologists, nurses, family therapists, counsellors, and many others. Ensuring you are taken care of from the day you check in to the rehab centre, until the day you exit Houghton House Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Centres, as a recovering addict.


Medical Aids & Hospital Plans

Houghton House, Gauteng’s oldest world-class addiction private rehabilitation centre is endorsed and supported by all Medical aids. As a Designated Service Provider, we have relationships with all Medical Aids & Hospital Plans focusing on addiction, substance abuse disorders and all related and dual diagnosis issues.


Why are we the Best rehab in Johannesburg and indeed South Africa

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At our Centres, there is a strong focus on group therapy. One-on-one therapy is also used weekly. We use the 12 Step programme, in conjunction with the Minnesota Model and process of rehabilitation counselling. Which has evolved to become a holistic addiction recovery model. It deals primarily with substance abuse and recovery. Though we deal with sex, gambling and eating addictions also prevalent in South Africa in the sessions and the group meetings. This combines the expertise of medical and experienced therapeutic professionals necessary when dealing with patients who are substance abusers.

Houghton House an Internationally Regarded Rehabilitation Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

by Sanam Naran – Counselling Psychologist

Houghton House is the leading SA Rehab Centre in South Africa.

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 to 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, but it’s also crucial.Leading SA Houghton House can help you or a loved one

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 addiction recovery rehab centre authority in substance abuse, 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 medical model encompassing the twelve steps approach. Together with the expertise of medical and therapeutic professionals, our rehab centre counsellors have hands-on experience with the twelve steps, addiction, alcohol, 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. Our Rehab Centre 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.


Expert Rehab Centre Treatment Abroad

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Expert Treatment at a  Rehab CentreExpert treatment involving environmental factors such as family life, economic stature, career and relationships play a key role in facilitating substance abuse; addiction and depression. These “realities” are key factors that give us a glimpse into why addiction is such a prevalent problem in society. And what a problem it is.

Statistics from across the globe reveal that hundreds of thousands of deaths are as a result of drug overdoses and that millions more battle substance abuse. A 2018 UNODC World Drug Report revealed some shocking figures about drug abuse. Roughly 31 million people struggle with drug use disorders.  Add to that the 2018 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health from the World Health Organization which puts an estimation of around 283 million people who are struggling with alcohol use disorders across the country and you can see the world is suffering from a pandemic.

That being said, with all these factors and statistics and close to home realities fuelling addiction, it may be wise to step away from it all. In other words, the key to your recovery may not lie nearby. Instead, a complete remote disconnection may arguably be the best way to recharge, reset and recover.

That being said, we have put together reasons why you should consider seeking expert treatment abroad:


Claim your privacy

It takes courage to admit that you have an addiction and to actively seek out help. In some cases, you may want to take part in drug and alcohol treatment with the peace of mind that you have the privacy and discretion that you need. Sometimes you even want to keep it from people close to you, including your employer. Staying local for treatment has a whole range of advantages, obviously, but going abroad for rehabilitation gives you that much-needed privacy. You don’t need to tell anyone why you are travelling, and you are less likely to bump into those you know.


It’s easy on the pocket

More often than not, treatment centres abroad are less expensive than their local counterparts; this obviously depends on where you live currently. If you are from the USA, Professional South African Rehab centres like Houghton House will be much cheaper, and you won’t be sacrificing the quality you deserve. Ditto when you head to Thailand and call England home.  It’s not often spoken about by people but the ability to access a treatment centre is sometimes dependent on the economic viability of booking in. Sometimes you just cannot afford it or you don’t have the medical aid scheme to cover it. In that case, it could save your pocket quite a bit to travel abroad for recovery. In addition, you also get to explore another part of the world, which, as any therapist will tell you, will do you the world of good!


Stop the rut of normality.

Life tends to become a cycle for us. We find ourselves in routines and removing ourselves from it and all that surrounds that universe can be as refreshing as a cold shower under a Swedish waterfall in Winter! Look around you right now, metaphorically of course. There is a good chance that you are cornered and surrounded by many reasons/people/places which lead you to abuse a substance or alcohol. It’s not just a person at the pub, it could be the tensions you feel at home from a loved one that makes you find a need to numb it out with a substance.

Heading abroad means you can remove yourself from the rut of normality and routine, you can get away from the enablers and the downers in your life. You know the ones; the naysayers, the judgers, the hateful negative forces around you. It’s also a great way to get rid of one of the most powerful dangerous “swayers” of your decision to use, peer pressure. Abroad you can begin to regain control over your choices and can make the decision to improve and get better in your time, sans fear of what others may think or say.


Find fresh perspective

Do you know what is a good way to kick-start the road to recovery? A fresh outlook. A new perspective.  Our skew on the world can be just as impactful as an enabling factor which leads us to use a substance as family and friends are. The way we look out onto the world can really trigger some serious abuse of ourselves through alcohol and/or drug use. It is very common for an addict to see things with a negative skew and we all know that one golden saying: negativity breeds more negativity, Houghton House rehab centre can help.

Maybe it’s about money. You aren’t making enough and you get upset about it. Maybe family life isn’t so great and you are taken advantage of. It may be a big issue or even a little issue, whatever it is, new experiences, new cultures and observing a new way of living life can help you shift your perspective.  By changing your outlook on everyday experiences and activities you can escape the dark hole and find some light!  Great weather, good food and a different pace and give you a chance to just take in a moment and BREATHE.


2. Get expert treatment

Look, there are many people across the globe dealing with addiction. There are, consequently many treatment options all over our wonderful planet which are there for you to use. Each country may also have its own treatment approach to help heal you. It’s an open book of choice, with one goal across the globe, to get you better. Also, expert treatment specialists often specialize in particular areas and gain a reputation in those areas as a result of their skills and abilities.  You may hear about these specialists and therefore to get to them, you would need to go abroad to a rehab centre.


There is a conclusion to this

Sometimes you need to experience something new and different to find the wealth of life within yourself. Addiction and substance abuse can often cover your life like a damp cloth and treatment abroad may be the hands needed to remove that cloth. Those hands come in the form of perspective changes, removing unhealthy environments and getting specialist expert treatment at an affordable price, amongst a plethora of other wonderful benefits.  The buzz your mind and soul gets from interacting with a new place, a new culture and new things can be the very buzz that changes your life for the better, forever.


Ten Important Processes

Houghton House Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Centres include in treatment:

  1. A safe secure recovery environment.
  2. Medically supervised detox.
  3. Medically assisted treatment.
  4. Individual and group consultation & therapies.
  5. Therapeutic activities.
  6. Support of other patients at varying stages of recovery.
  7. Family Visit weekends.
  8. Family therapy.
  9. Constant Supervised Support

The Houghton House Secondary care Programme facilitates outings to the countryside and other supervised entertainments. (Under advisement during COVID-19 & Lockdowns)


Checking into Alcohol Rehab Centre & Drug Addiction Recovery Treatment Centre

You will find we offer the full spectrum of care and addiction treatment for individuals from all walks of life. You will be assigned your own counsellor to deal with your needs and ensure that your addictions are dealt with in the latest and most effective techniques for addiction treatment in the best rehab centre in South Africa.

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It is difficult to replicate the years of experience and cutting edge techniques used at Houghton House Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Centres. Our Specialist addiction treatment programme is made up of one-on-one therapy and intensive group therapy, evaluations and relapse prevention discussions.


We offer the Full Spectrum of Care

Houghton House offers a full spectrum of care ranging from Primary, Secondary, Tertiary and Long-Term Treatment options, dealing with all forms of substance abuse and addiction and dual diagnosis issues. Please click on the above options to see details on the processes


Our Patients and Family are our Success Stories

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Family support in addiction is crucial – for us to be the best rehab centre in Gauteng

Both for the addict and the family members and friends visiting the Alcohol Rehab & Drug Addiction Recovery Rehab centre.

Families and friends of South African addiction sufferers often feel angry, confused, frustrated, and particularly helpless. Family support group meetings go a long way to help alleviate this confusion and worry. The counsellors who work in the family support groups are there to support and help to promote healing and mental health by showing family members how addiction affects individuals, parents and families and what can be done to help. By finding out that other individuals are in a similar situation recovering at our rehab in South Africa, loved ones of drug addicts and those with addiction learn that they can’t always control addiction, but at Houghton House treatment centre they can identify new, healthy ways of coping with their relationship with an addicted person at the best rehab in South Africa.

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