DBT Informed Therapy: What is DBT Informed Therapy and How is it Used During Addiction Rehab?

Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a widely-practiced addiction therapy, known for its effectiveness in helping clients navigate the most challenging aspects of addiction while striving towards their personal goals. Despite its widespread use, there is often confusion about how DBT works and how it differs from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). What is DBT and How […]

What Happens In a Alcohol Rehab Center

If you rely on alcohol to feel normal, you likely need a detox programme. Overcoming detox is not just about willpower; stopping alcohol abruptly without medical assistance can be dangerous and potentially life-threatening. Even in less severe cases, the withdrawal process is challenging. A detox programme provides the necessary support to navigate withdrawal, often including […]

Supporting Gut Health During Alcohol Addiction Recovery

In our holistic practice at the rehab centre, we often find that the journey to recovery isn’t merely about breaking free from the chains of addiction; it’s also about rebuilding and rejuvenating the body, particularly the gut. Rooted in ancient Eastern philosophies, the belief that our gut is the centre of our well-being has gained […]

Alcoholism Among Retirees

You’ve clocked out for the last time, handed over your responsibilities, and you’re finally free to enjoy the golden years you’ve worked so hard to reach. Retirement is often viewed as a celebratory milestone, especially in South Africa, where the concept of ‘Ubuntu’ emphasizes the collective well-being of the community. But there’s a hushed narrative […]

Alcohol and Anxiety, A South African Perspective

Alcohol is one of the most commonly used substances in South Africa, with an estimated 602,391 individuals considered dependent drinkers. Shockingly, only 18% of those affected are receiving treatment for their alcohol-related issues[1]. Recent statistics reveal a concerning surge in hazardous drinking behaviors, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Monthly YouGov surveys indicate […]

Unveiling the Signs: How to Identify an Alcohol Use Disorder

As a social worker at a rehabilitation center, I comprehend the importance of early detection and intervention for alcohol use disorders. Recognizing the symptoms is essential for assisting individuals and their loved ones in seeking the necessary assistance. In South Africa, where alcohol consumption is profoundly ingrained in the culture, it is crucial to shed […]

Cocaine Addiction And Public Health: The Cost To Society

The impact of cocaine addiction on public health is significant, extending beyond the individual user and deeply affecting the societal fabric. This, in turn, generates a considerable economic cost to society. In light of Peter Levine’s approach to addiction, we must understand that addiction is a response to unresolved trauma and a symptom of distressing […]

Techniques For Developing A More Positive Inner Dialogue During Recovery

Developing a positive inner dialogue is a powerful tool that can shape your mindset, bolster your self-esteem, and support lasting change. Embracing a more positive self-talk can align with the principles of the 12-step philosophy and evidence-based therapies that work. Here are some techniques to help you cultivate a more positive inner dialogue and enhance […]

Navigating Withdrawal Symptoms in Prescription Drug Addiction Therapy: Uncommon and Surprising Facts

Withdrawal symptoms are a challenging aspect of addiction recovery, particularly when it comes to prescription drug addiction. As you embark on your journey towards healing, it’s important to equip yourself with knowledge and understanding about the withdrawal process. In this article, we will delve into some uncommon and surprising facts about navigating withdrawal symptoms in […]

Overcoming Obstacles To Self-disclosure In Addiction Treatment

As you walk the road to recovery from addiction, one of the challenges you might encounter is the fear or difficulty of self-disclosure. This is understandable as it often means coming face-to-face with issues that you may have been avoiding or denying. But remember, overcoming this obstacle is a crucial part of your healing process. […]