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Co-Dependancy Questions

Co-Dependancy Questions

Co-Dependency Questions, Co-Dependency Treatment – Am I Co-Dependent?

Due to the popularity of the interview that we did with Kathryn about all things Eating Disorder related, we are continuing the series that seek out and chat to the experts in their respective fields, ones that many of us simply don’t know enough about, sometimes even when suffering from them! This time it is Leigh-Joy, an expert in the field of co-dependency. CapeRecovery will be working with her to launch a new CapeRecovery Co-Dependency Rehab and Recovery Experience for local and overseas clients alike, so watch this space! We ask all the Co-dependency questions, look at co-dependency treatment options and you can also do a short questionnaire to ask yourself ‘am I co-dependent?’.


Co-Dependency Questions, Co-Dependency Treatment - Am I Co-Dependent?
Co-Dependency Questions, Co-Dependency Treatment – Am I Co-Dependent?

Co-dependency questions.

1.           Hello Leigh-Joy, tell me a little bit about your own experience and how you came to focus on the effective treatment of co-dependant people?

Hello Simon, in 2007 I found myself in a hospital in Cape Town.  I had reached my rock bottom as an addict and alcoholic and was being treated for psychosis. It was in this hospital that I met a lady from England who had been booked in for co-dependency. She taught me so much about it.  I realised that co-dependency was the root of all my addictions and thanks to this lady I was able to work my co-dependency as I have worked my recovery from drugs and alcohol.  In 2008 I started studying as a counsellor, coach and facilitator.  I have since helped many clients, friends and family members with co-dependency issues.

My co-dependency was born out of a coping mechanism.  My biological father abused my mother.  After they divorced she was killed by an elephant.  I was given up for adoption and adopted by my maternal aunt and her husband.  Life was very stressful.  I didn’t feel wanted and suffered badly from rejection and abandonment issues.  I oscillated from extreme compliance to sheer rebellion.  I tried desperately to fit in but just always felt like the odd one out.  I was different and different felt wrong or bad.  So I tried on other people’s personalities and behaviours.  I could last for a couple of months but then I would slip back into being myself.  I felt like a failure all the time.  My crushing self-esteem would sometimes abate, but not for long.  I tried all sorts of tricks to fit in.  I felt if I was a nice, good girl no one would give me trouble.  I would be accepted.  I personalised everyone’s behaviour around me.  I felt that everyone’s mood was dependent on how I behaved.  Most days there was nowhere for me to run.  So I started escaping by drinking and eventually through using drugs.  It took me years to realise that the only way to escape the inner critic is to address my co-dependency issues.  I have worked through many different step work books focusing on co-dependency, been in talk therapy for over 10 years looking at my co-dependency patterns.  In own life I have come a long way in becoming healthier.  It has not been an easy journey.  I am by no means NOT co-dependent.  I have better days than most.  I am learning the value of listening to my intuition and heart and making decisions that are self-loving.  Today, I learnt that when I am setting a boundary someone may not like it.  It might hurt them. But I need to be true to myself.  I don’t have to be mean in the way I set my boundary.  But sometimes taking care of myself is going to hurt others.  But I am learning to have the courage to live my truth anyway.

I am of the belief that most 12 steppers are co-dependent.  Often, I see people who are drug and alcohol free but emotionally not sober.  This is due to co-dependency issues.  I have always believed that it is my co-dependency issues that will cause me to relapse.

The relapse rate is incredibly high among most addicts.  There are a variety of reasons.  One in my opinion is that the addict comes out of a toxic family environment.  They seek help but then get released back into the toxic environment.  The addict is then blamed.  However if the whole family got treatment, I believe that the success rate would be so much higher.


2.           Briefly, to someone who knows nothing about co-dependency, could you explain what it is?

Co-dependency is the misplaced belief that control of other people and events outside myself will make me happy.  A sense of control, or the lack of it, is central to everything you think, feel and do.  Co-dependency is a generational and cultural epidemic.  The co-dependent is driven by different compulsions (addictions included).  The co-dependent is bound and tormented by the way things were in the family of origin.  Self-esteem is often a stumbling block for the co-dependent.  The co-dependent feels over responsible for others through care taking and enabling behaviours.

If you think that you or someone close may be co-dependant and need help then try answering this questionnaire and see for yourself! Am I Co-dependent?


3.             How common is co-dependency and does the person always know that they are co-dependant?

In my opinion family members and some friends of the addict are co-dependent and the addict or alcoholic is possibly on the co-dependency spectrum too.

I think a lot has been written about co-dependency in the last 40 years so it is very much a hot topic at the moment.


4.           At CapeRecovery, we always view addiction and related illnesses like eating disorders as family diseases, do you agree that whilst the person is in treatment the family also need support and guidance to heal?

Yes most definitely.  I think the poor success rate is because the family is not being treated holistically.  I love that CapeRecovery is looking into ways to change this dynamic and give more families a fighting chance at recovery, health and happiness.


5.           If a person is co-dependant, is it possible for them to re-build relationships or to have healthy relationships in the future?

Definitely, old and current relationships will become unstable the more healthy the individual gets.  So they will either transform and strengthen or they will fall away.  There will be an adjustment period.  As we are one continuum of co-dependency it takes time, layers and many processes to come to a healthy space of integration and self-love.

The co-dependent will start attracting friends that will test their new knowledge and mirror and support their new found freedom.  Relationships are often a mirror of what is going on inside us.  We are learning to go from co-dependent to interdependent relationships.  This takes time, patience and self-love.


6.           I suppose what I’m asking in essence is can a co-dependant person go onto live a ‘normal’ life free from the illness?

I am not sure one can be cured from co-dependency.  But I do believe one can grow and develop a healthy sense of self and find ones equilibrium.


7.           How long would this take?

In my experience I think and feel it is a lifetime event.  I have seen how it takes a while to break through the denial coping mechanism.  Then the 5 stages of grief are triggered.  As the individual starts to mourn the pain the various relationships have taken them through. 

Some relationships thrive on our co-dependency and these primary relationships have a lot to lose if we no longer enable and control.

I currently run a group for 19 weeks.  I believe this group will show my clients what their patterns are.  How they can change them and then what a healthy relationship looks like and what they can work towards. 

This program can be modified to run over 28 day in patient program.


8.           We are devising co-dependency rehab and treatment packages, do you think this is something that will be effective in treating people with co-dependency issues as rehab is for those struggling with addictions of all kinds.

Yes, most definitely!  I feel giving the co-dependent equal opportunity away from the pressures of home life to focus on their coping mechanisms and relationship styles will give the family unit more opportunity for growth and healing.

Too often the addict is taken out of the toxic environment and the family has to cope without them.  Then they are put back into the family and expect change and acceptance. 

So there you have it, everything you wanted to know about co-dependency, do the questionnaire, Am I Co-dependent? and look out for the C0-depenency CapeRecovery Experience coming very soon and visit beautiful Cape Town in order to receive individualised treatment at the lowest local prices! Also, check out CapeRecovery UK, CapeRecovery International and Rehab Cape Town today for the best treatment for all addictions, process addictions, dual-diagnosis issues and eating disorders!



Individualised Addiction Treatment

Individualised Addiction Treatment

Individualised Addiction Treatment, ED Treatment and Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

The more time that I spend living a life clean and sober, working with addicts of all kinds who are still suffering, the more I realise just what a daily battle it is for those in early recovery. The nature of addiction treatment and all other issues like process addictions, dual-diagnosis issues (dual-diagnosis treatment) and eating disorders (ED treatment) is such that the odds for a full recovery are stacked against each and every person. This doesn’t deter me though because I believe that the reason recovery rates make such grim reading is because we have for generations been adopting a one size fits all approach to addiction treatment. Every single person is different and I believe that barring a few exceptions, the vast majority of people can recover if we look at them as unique and take and individualised addiction treatment approach. The main problem with addiction being recognised as a disease, which technically it is, is that the powers that be try to apply a medical model of treatment to it which takes away the individuality of treatment. If a person has a headache we might say take a pain killer, lie down or drink plenty of water, that’s what I would do anyway. It’s not rocket science and it works almost every time. There is no such cure for addiction or any of the associated illnesses. No one way works for the masses, in fact I would go as far as saying that no one way works for more than the individual that it works for. In simple terms, I am saying that every person needs their own route, specialist and targeted support and flexibility throughout the entire process.

Individualised Addiction Treatment - CapeRecovery - ED Treatment, Dual-Diagnosis Treatment
Individualised Addiction Treatment – CapeRecovery – ED Treatment, Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

CapeRecovery Individualised Addiction Treatment, ED Treatment and Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

So, how do we practically go about achieving this mammoth task? Well, here are my list of things that must be in place, all things that I have implemented into the unique CapeRecovery way of treating addiction and related issues.

  • Honest, Impartial Advice from the Start – Adopting a realistic approach that the person will probably need a lot longer than a month or two in rehab. We are always upfront about this and believe that if money is to be spent on treatment then the client should only be offered the lowest prices for their requirements.
  • Pre-assessment.
  • Appropriate Placement at specialist, registered treatment providers (currently with other organisations this rarely happens as they have beds to fill so have a natural bias, we don’t).
  • Tailoring a program where the client is involved in all the usual group sessions but also can identify their own needs enabling us to bring in specific specialist counsellors relating directly to them. This not only gives the client more control and input into their own recovery but also helps them to delve into the real issues (if these things are not dealt with then a full and authentic recovery will never happen). Our treatment centres welcome our input into clients care planning.
  • Joint working between organisations in terms of doing what’s best for the client. Too often do I see clients failing in their process due to rehabs wanting to hang onto clients for financial gain. At CapeRecovery, clients are ours and we get involved at every stage of the process, changing the course of treatment if new needs are identified or they are not getting the specific support they need.
  • Follow up support – This is arguably the most important aspect of individualised addiction treatment, ED treatment or dual-diagnosis treatment. We plan a persons discharge from treatment and provide continued support, aftercare and if necessary have quality options for continued care and sober living with support from the recovery community and even volunteering opportunities and back to work plans.

Check out CapeRecovery International, CapeRecovery UK or Rehab Cape Town with CapeRecovery now!

So, that is the CapeRecovery Individualised Addiction Treatment, ED Treatment and Dual-Diagnosis Treatment, simply contact us today for more information on how we can provide the best value, tailored rehab and recovery experience.

About Eating Disorder Treatment – Eating Disorder Questions and Answers

About Eating Disorder Treatment – Eating Disorder Questions and Answers

About Eating Disorder Treatment – Eating Disorder Questions and Answers

Everything you must know about Eating Disorders and how we effectively treat them at CapeRecovery.

We treat all eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating amongst other things.

At CapeRecovery, we pride ourselves on correct placement of all our clients. This is the first step to a successful recovery from any addiction (drugs and alcohol), process addiction, dual-diagnosis issue or eating disorder and can be the make or break decision and a matter of life or death. We must remember, when talking about eating disorder treatment, that we are dealing with life threatening conditions and the way a person is assessed and treated at the initial stage is crucial. I have been highlighting the fact that many treatment centres over here in Cape Town and also many Psychiatrists and other professional are accepting clients who they are not experienced to treat and this concerns me as a nurse because there is a trend of putting profit before patient care and simply put, this practice is putting lives at risk. Below I ask the important eating disorder questions and we always seek advice from these guys regarding every client who has any kind of eating disorder or food addiction issue (including bulimia, anorexia and binge eating amongst others).

In life, we need balance in everything however, so rather than attack those who I believe are doing it wrong, we just try to do things the right way and as a result I have teamed up with the great team at Imani and I can stick to my belief that all eating related disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and all other food issues) must initially be assessed and treated at our specialist eating disorder clinic and never in mainstream rehabs.

I like the guys at Imani very much and our unique partnership means that our overseas clients can now receive the best, client centred treatment, for all eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, food addiction and all other related issues. They are also specialists in conditions that regularly co-exist alongside eating disorders such as addiction, mental health issue (including depression and anxiety) and psychological issues.

All about Eating Disorder Treatment – Eating Disorder Questions and Answers with Kathryn de Gouveia, Clinical Director at Imani

Kathryn - Clinical Director, Imani tells us all about eatiing disorder treatment
Kathryn – Clinical Director, Imani tells us all about eating disorder treatment and answers my eating disorder questions including treatment for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating amongst others.

These are the eating disorder questions and answers, following a session that I had with Kathryn De Gouveia, the Clinical Director, an expert in the field and she knows everything about eating disorder treatment!

Simon: Hello Kathryn, thank you for meeting with me, I am going to ask you a few eating disorder questions and ask you about eating disorder treatment. You are Clinical Director at Imani, what brought you into this line of work?

Kathryn: Hi Simon! Growing up as a young woman in South Africa, I too was plagued by familial, peer and societal pressures of THIN. Thin is beautiful. Thin is successful. Thin is attractive. Having worked in the helping field for many years, I had often been confronted with the reality of eating disorders, with the reality of what many young woman and men go through in order to pursue “perfection”. I became curious as to why. I became curious as to why so many of us define ourselves by the way we look, what we wear and who we surround ourselves with. I have always had a curious mind and heart and I wanted answers. The search began in books, research during my honours degree, then with people focusing on the development of self esteem during childhood in my masters and found myself in a position where I was given a beautiful opportunity to work amongst those whose life passion was to help people find freedom from this illness. And then I fell in love. In love with the work. In love with the fight. In love with the idea that there is no one answer to the questions I had been asking.

S: What is your life like today?

K: My life today. I have a beautiful little family of three, about to be four! I work full time, with the most amazing support from Alison Bloomberg who owns Imani, my husband Frank de Gouveia and my nanny. All who understand and pursue wanting to help save lives and at the same time protecting our own. So life sometimes can be chaotic and busy, with each day bringing a new challenge. But all in all, my life is quiet, filled up with happy little moments enjoyed together with close friends and family.

S: CapeRecovery works by pre-assessment of each client, I get asked many eating disorder questions and refer them to you. As we know the lines between addiction, mental health and eating disorders (bulimia, anorexia, binge eating and all food related issues) are often blurred so we focus on the primary issue but also put a plan in place for all the surrounding issues. How do you address complex cases where all three exist alongside other factors such as trauma and family issues?

K: The most important aspect about eating disorder treatment is understanding that there is no case that is the same. Each person who walks through my office doors comes in with their own story, their own pain and their own journey into recovery. I have yet to see eating disorder clients who do not suffer with some form of dual-diagnosis and the emphasis at the beginning of treatment is trying to establish whether the anxiety, depression etc is a function of the eating disorder or whether the eating disorder serves to relieve the symptoms of the diagnosis. This is the most complicated process of treatment, and with the help of Dr. Bentley and other consulting psychiatrists and Julia Lovely we are able to establish this quite early into treatment. And this is where the treatment plan takes shape. Where the main focus gets decided but still remaining steadfast in treating the whole person. Addiction when it comes into play is treated the same as the behavioural elements of an eating disorder, as a symptom of an underlying problem/need. As a way of coping with this life, this world and all the things that the individual client has faced along their way. We focus a lot on the obsession as the compulsion for us is simply a way of finding reprieve from the obsession and the obsession a way of finding reprieve from underlying emotions. So whether it is sex, love, gambling, Shopping, substance, plastic surgery, cutting, bulimia, laxatives, restricting etc… we treat the behaviour the same. Where specific trauma work is required we would either bring in a consultant who specializes in this work, Jenny Twigs and Rob Arnott are two favourites or we would work with the individual in individual sessions ourselves. This is highly dependent on the severity. This would be the same for family work. We offer family therapy and family group work but where the systemic level of functioning is destructive and damaging we will often refer to professionals in the field to aid in this process.

S: Do you believe that enough is being done in terms of joint working and individual planning of client care or do you, like me, see a lot of organisations more focused on filling beds in their own place than in correct client placement, arguably putting people’s lives at risk?

K: Whilst the heart of many who started rehabilitation centres are in the right place, running a business can become the main focus and clients needs can become lost in this. It is sad but true.

S: I know that you are in agreement with me about why eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and food addiction or related issues) must always be treated in a specialist eating disorder clinic, can you give your reasons why?

K: One of the aspects that makes eating disorder recovery so difficult is the hidden nature of the illness. Yes, it is a progressive illness and the ability to hide the consequences can become more difficult as the illness progresses. But it is an illness that thrives behind closed doors and secrecy. Treating eating disorders in main stream rehabs can be dangerous due to the fact that staff will not be trained specifically in working with the eating disorder population and the rules will not reflect the complexities of each illness. Therefore the containment and structure that is required, even in early substance abuse recovery, can not be adequately provided and the treatment is more likely to be a band aid rather than a surgery changing a persons life. Another reason would be the beauty that is experienced when sitting with someone who can relate to your struggles, your pain and your demons.

S: At CapeRecovery we are focused on helping everyone who truly desires recovery, we make a plan if funds aren’t available, are you as an organisation prepared to work with us in order to provide part sponsored beds when the need arises?

K: We want to make treatment possible for all people who are suffering with eating disorders. This has always been one of our aims and one of the reasons we offer free assessments and advise to all who enquire. We do have a sponsorship program at Imani, which requires pre admission work as we want to ensure that those who apply will be making the most of the opportunity. But other than that, we will always try help where we can! We take this cost on ourselves as a company and have in the past decided as a team to place our Christmas bonuses towards certain clients sponsorship at Imani due to their motivation and willingness to get recovery.

S: I love Cape Town and the people in recovery, it is my belief that the people are the most important thing, alongside correct placement and treatment, of course. Do you believe that there is scope for those in recovery from all addictions, process addictions, dual-diagnosis issues and eating disorders to support one another as a larger recovery community?

K: One of the most important facets of maintaining recovery is building a life worth living. How do we do that alone? It is imperative that the eating disorder recovery community reach out and give back. By sharing stories, hardships and friendships. By walking together in this process. I believe it is impossible to do alone. I also believe that once we enter the rooms we never have to be alone again.

S: I’m going to put you on the spot here and ask ‘what is the most important bit of advice you would give a new comer in recovery of any kind?’

K: My best advise would be to get a sponsor as soon as you can, to have someone who can guide you along in your recovery process when you feel like giving up is one of the most important tools in finding and maintaining recovery. And of course…listen to your sponsor 😉

About Eating Disorder Treatment, Eating Disorder Questions (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating and all other food issues)
The Experience!   About Eating Disorder Treatment, Eating Disorder Questions (Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, etc.)

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If you have any specific eating disorder questions to put to Kathryn, anything about eating disorder treatment (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, food addiction or any other food related issue) at this special place, or indeed anything else to do with rehab, addiction treatment, staying sober, living cleandual-diagnosis treatment or process addiction treatment then we are the rehab and recovery specialists, so simply contact us and we will get back to you with the requested information.

Private Eating Disorder Clinic in Cape Town South Africa

Our Eating Disorder Clinic in Cape Town South Africa

The great news for CapeRecovery, it’s clients and The Recovery Community of Cape Town as a whole is that we have visited and linked up with the best private eating disorder clinic in Cape Town South Africa. The question is, what makes it the best? Well, some would say facilities and luxury but a massive swimming pool and spa treatments kind of distracts from the purpose and in my opinion, the more stuff like that you get, the less the feeling of community is evident. For our overseas clients we have the ideal combination of quality accommodation and the best specialised eating disorder treatment in the world. Cape Town really is a true recovery hub and many people have found a new life free from the pain of their addiction or eating disorder here. With CapeRecovery you or your loved one can have the opportunity of experiencing all of this and incredibly, because of CapeRecovery’s emergence, it’s all charged at local prices, saving a great deal on costs, getting more for your money and receiving an unrivalled commitment to guiding every one of our clients through the entire recovery process from treatment to sober living and voluntary opportunities in this beautiful city! That’s what makes us different, we work with the best selection of rehabs and treatment centres, treating the full range of addictions, process addictions and eating disorders. The beauty of having a specialised eating disorder clinic in this vibrant community of like minded people all focussed on their individual recovery, is that many share similarities with the array of people in recovery and a lot of those suffering from eating disorders display similar behaviours as those coping with an addiction. They also often have a substance, behaviour addiction or a mental health problem running alongside their eating disorder. Having everything in one place means that we are fully equipped to provide the best possible care and treatment for any eventuality.

Private Eating Disorder Clinic in Cape Town South Africa
Private Eating Disorder Clinic in Cape Town South Africa

Private Eating Disorder Clinic in Cape Town as part of The CapeRecovery Experience!

The idea of CapeRecovery came from two main observations on my part. The first was that rehab tourism is commonplace these days but many of the places here were taking advantage of this and charging unrealistic amounts, that’s why we came up with the notion of charging local prices regardless of where the client comes from. The second was that any eating disorder treatment, like addiction treatment is a process, it doesn’t get better in 21 days or a month. Things like this usually develop over a period of time and again, like addiction, there is a process of learning and self-care that requires a lot of support from both professionals and peers. We put together full recovery packages for three months and six months and co-ordinate absolutely everything, from airport collections to transfers between facilities, primary treatment to secondary, tertiary and sober living options and even volunteering and social opportunities with our partners at African Sunrise and The incredible Cape Town Recovery Community.

So, for the best private eating disorder clinic in Cape Town South Africa, simply Contact Us today, quality treatment has just become more accessible with the help of CapeRecovery!

The CapeRecovery Model of Addiction Recovery

Addiction Recovery – Help for Addicts

Maintaining Sobriety and Staying Clean and Sober

The CapeRecovery Model of Addiction Recovery – It saddens me that often, within the big business of rehab and recovery, people are often forgotten. We need to remove the myth that a short stint in rehab is a quick fix to addiction. Addiction recovery is far more complex and personal than that and although rehab is the ideal way to begin the process and get into the recovery mind-set, what does an addict do when they come out, when they are surrounded by the same people, places and things? Re-lapse rates are incredibly high, people die and that is the reality of this disease if the addict is not looked after throughout the whole process and beyond. This is the CapeRecovery model of Recovery, we offer authentic help for addicts so that all our clients have the best possible chance of a long and happy life. With us being actively involved, the chances of that happening are certainly increased, I honestly believe that. Some people don’t like the 12 steps (I personally do and they have taught me a lot, it is a very practical program). It doesn’t matter what your point of view is, the key is that staying clean and sober and maintaining sobriety takes work, essentially it is about living in the new way you have learnt, on a daily basis. Below is the CapeRecovery model of Addiction Recovery, it is meant as a help for addicts, to be straight forward and used alongside whatever program or knowledge about maintaining sobriety and staying clean and sober that you already have. It stems from my discovery of addiction recovery and I wish that someone had spelt it out to me in a simple fashion 5 years ago when I first tried to get and stay clean and sober.

The CapeRecovery Model of Addiction Recovery, Help for Addicts, Maintaining Sobriety, Staying Clean and Sober
The CapeRecovery Model of Addiction Recovery – Help for Addicts – Maintaining Sobriety and Staying Clean and Sober

The CapeRecovery Model of Addiction Recovery.

  • In my experience everything is based on your past and in particular, your core beliefs. Addicts hold on to negative core beliefs and often ignore the positives. The perception of yourself that you have gained since childhood, your formative years, stuff you learnt back then stays with you. You learn what you think people think about you, it doesn’t even matter if it’s true, the fact that you believe it makes it a part of your identity. We have to re-train ourselves by working on our negative core beliefs about ourselves. In recovery we stop that cycle of making the same mistakes over and over again so we begin to realise that in many ways we have always been wrong about ourselves. We really do become new and improved people in recovery but it takes time and hard work.
  • Damages and wrongdoings from the past remain with you, these things are compounded by and re-enforce the negative core beliefs. We cannot move on until we understand the difference between accepting responsibility and punishing ourselves for past mistakes. We must face up to and deal with any anger we still hold on to and we must do all we can to let the people we have hurt know that we didn’t mean the harm and that we are addressing the way we handle situations in the future. Sometimes the only thing you can do is stay clean and sober and keep moving forward.
  • When addressing everything from the past it becomes overwhelming, the way forward is to focus on small positives, actually do what was once alien to you and praise yourself for small achievements. You can’t repair everything overnight, don’t try to. Things move forward once there is a little hope, it grows with time and new problems become easier to deal with.
  • Independence is a great way to motivate yourself and improve self-esteem. Addicts often cling to something or someone to give them self worth. Try living as a single person without being reliant upon substances, behaviours or other people. Many people give up the substance or behaviour and remain in a loop of relationships on which they base their worth. This is not to say a recovering addict must remain single forever, just that if relationship problems and the reliance on a partner have been an issue in the past, take some time out to enjoy being you and learn to like yourself again.
  • Do good things for other people, the traditional way of helping addicts who are new in recovery is great. The good feeling that being appreciated for doing something selfless and without an agenda is incredible.
  • Don’t slip back into your old ways, keep doing the next right thing and keep asking yourself why you are doing things, check your motives for every decision you make. It becomes easier to do the right thing instinctively. Most importantly, don’t give up, amazing things always happen but be patient. Our addictions often took years or decades to develop to crisis point, it’s not going to be perfect overnight but it’s always going to be a lot better than it was.
  • Finally, don’t pick up that drink or drug, however bad it seems, it always gets worse if you go back.

So, that is the CapeRecovery Model of Addiction Recovery, we offer help for addicts at every stage of the process, we are the addiction recovery experts and we love helping people in maintaining sobriety and staying clean and sober, Contact Us today!

South Africa Rehab Centres

South Africa Rehab Centres

South Africa Rehab Centres are amongst some of the best in the world for drug and alcohol addictions, process and behavioural addictions and eating disorders. At CapeRecovery, I favour the Cape Town Rehab Centres but that is purely based on my love for Cape Town and it’s people, the quality of our centres doesn’t go down in other parts of the country though. Our search for quality and affordable rehab across South Africa and the world continues but they all have to link in and work with the CapeRecovery code of correct placement and patient cantered treatment for us to work with them. It’s easy to pick a bunch of centres to send people to without checking out the people behind them but we work on quality and not quantity, each persons individual recovery experience is the only thing that matters to us. Our unrivalled continued support of clients and their families right throughout the addiction recovery process and beyond is what makes us stand out. People like an independent person with professional experience who has also been through the process themselves to discuss options with, not just be pushed in a certain direction. Suitable placement is the only thing that matters to us and we won’t be bullied by the big players in the rehab business. We have linked with a great place to add to our Johannesburg Rehab Centres, this took a while and exists because we understand that although everyone wants a service like CapeRecovery, people can’t always travel to Cape Town. The benefit of being a part of what we do is that having people in different areas and following the CapeRecovery way of one addict helping another, just spreads the word of what we are doing at grass roots level in Cape Town and hoping to replicate all over South Africa.

Cape Town Rehab Centres, South Africa Rehab Centres, South Africa Rehab, Johannesburg Rehab Centres, Johannesburg Rehab

Cape Town Rehab Centres

We have a selection of Cape Town Rehab Centres that we work with and we have picked the best in their individual fields. For example, we work with the best addictions centre, the best dual-diagnosis clinic and the best eating disorder clinic. We asses each clients individual needs right down to their motivation and the amount of pushing they will need in order to place them in the most suitable environment, thus giving them the best possible chance of recovery. No bias, simply honest and impartial advice and information.

Johannesburg Rehab Centres

Cape Recovery is new to Johannesburg but our principles remain the same, a commitment to giving the best honest and impartial advice and information. We have selected one of the most cost effective places that gives incredible value for money with a passionate and committed team of staff. Detox and Rehab has never been easier as we will pick you up and take you directly to the facility!

So, Contact Us now for instant access to the best South Africa Rehab Centres, Cape Town Rehab Centres and Johannesburg Rehab Centres and rehab in other areas for client here and worldwide, Cape Recovery are the only impartial people who want to help everyone.

Addiction Rehabilitation

Addiction Rehabilitation

Drug Addiction and Alcohol Addiction

Addiction is an often complex issue, finding the suitable route for addiction rehabilitation is often even more complicated! Substance addictions such as a drug addiction or an alcohol addiction are usually based on the underlying issues and the substance becomes the crutch, the symptom showing that something isn’t right. This is where the difference between substance use or abuse and substance addiction is evident. Lots of people use alcohol or drugs in a relatively normal way which never becomes a problem, many abuse dugs or alcohol in binges to the extent where it causes problems but even then, in many cases they can stop and resume normal life. Those with underlying issues and addiction problems use substances in a completely different way, it becomes the only thing that matters in life because it’s the only thing that allows them some respite from the feelings and emptiness that they feel without using or drinking. The thing that many people don’t understand about addiction is that you take the drugs or alcohol away and you are still left with the addictive behaviours and underlying stuff that must be addressed in order to lead a ‘normal’ life, away from whatever it is that is their crutch. This could be a substance or it could be a process addiction or behavioural addiction but either way, the underlying issues must be addressed to avoid slipping back into that original addiction or other addictive behaviours.

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Process Addiction (Behavioural Addiction)

Process Addiction, also referred to as Behavioural Addiction includes such things as sex, lovegambling, pornography and more recently gaming and internet or mobile device addiction. The idea of addiction is the same, with the behaviours taking the place of the substance and the treatment is very similar. They can seem less damaging on the surface and often easier to hide but they are equally damaging to the individual and those around them. To find out more then visit our Process Addictions Page. As part of our CapeRecovery individualised assessment we take everything into account in order to find the best possible treatment for all of these addictions.

So, for the best Addiction Rehabilitation at the best price, be it Drug Addiction, Alcohol Addiction, Process Addiction or Behavioural Addiction, simply Contact Us today and we will, as always, do everything that we can to help!



Addiction Rehab in South Africa

Addiction Rehab in South Africa

I love the way CapeRecovery has grown and is giving everyone the chance at a full rehab and recovery experience at the lowest possible cost. In my opinion, Cape Town really is the place to give you or your loved one the best chance of a full recovery and CapeRecovery simply ties everything together for you. Addiction rehab in South Africa is amongst the best in the world but dealing with any addiction or eating disorder, either for yourself or for someone else is often a confusing time. There is a lot of competition for alcohol rehab in South Africa and drug rehab in South Africa and a lot of information out there making it hard to see what it is you are paying for and whether there are other better options available for less or the same output. As I’ve said before, addiction rehab in South Africa, alcohol rehab in Cape Town and drug rehab in Cape town is generally top quality, you just need to know what’s best for you or your loved one rather than be coerced down a certain route. Competition means that the big organisations often get the lions share of the business because of monopolies and practices that go on behind the scenes, leading to distrust in the industry as a whole. This is essentially why CapeRecovery was born, to enable people to access honest, independent advice and information from someone who has found recovery and experienced many different rehab situations themselves. My personal experience covers most of the alcohol rehab in Cape Town and the drug rehab in Cape Town who we now work closely with so I can see the situation from both sides. This experience along with decades of clinical nursing and counselling experience in the addiction field make for the perfect combination of realism and effective individualised care. We assess everyone individually and from the results, we work with the person and the family to plan and find the best possible placement for the client. This approach, in turn, leads to a better chance of a successful and continued recovery and life away from the pain of addiction. See below how we approach alcohol rehab in South Africa and drug rehab in South Africa.


Alcohol Rehab in South Africa and Drug Rehab in South Africa

In other parts of South Africa and eventually the world, we like to keep the same CapeRecovery morals in terms of offering support to everyone, giving everyone the best possible prices for treatment and finding the most appropriate treatment for the individual. Our focus on the whole family in addiction treatment ensures that the families and friends of the client don’t get left in the dark and can access the support that they need. Read more about our family support to see that we are around through the whole process, there are also some tips on living with and dealing with an addict.

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Alcohol Rehab in Cape Town and Drug Rehab in Cape Town

We do favour Cape Town as it has become my home and I myself found recovery from a 25 year alcohol and drug addiction on these shores. I also believe that the recovery community in Cape Town is amongst the best in the world and it’s the people that welcomed me here that have made up my circle of friends over the five years that I’ve been living here. My experience of coming over from the UK to a strange and unknown country has taught me a lot about getting and staying clean and sober and I believe it is my duty to pass that on. My life is incredible now and other peoples lives can also become incredible with the correct continued care and support. Cape Town is where CapeRecovery was born and we have developed a reputation for offering help to everyone through our unique system of appropriate placement and flexibility. People on lower or no income can also benefit from our scheme that attracts European visitors to Cape Town as a destination for Recovery and paying local prices, thus in part enabling us to sponsor places for local people. The amount of people who are buying into this approach is phenomenal and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued love and support.

So, for the best Addiction Rehab in South Africa, Alcohol Rehab in South Africa, Drug Rehab in South Africa. Drug Rehab in Cape Town and Alcohol Rehab in Cape Town, simply fill in this form and Contact Us, call, whattsap or SMS us on +27 (82) 6359419, or e-mail me personally at and as always, we will do absolutely all we can to help!



Durban Rehabilitation Centres

Durban Addiction Rehabilitation (Rehab Durban)

Durban Rehabilitation Centres – Durban Rehab

Though at Cape Recovery, our main focus is on Cape Town and it’s people, we thought why not extend our quality client based service to include everyone in South Africa! Durban Rehab with Cape Recovery is very close to our hearts as our desire to help is all over South Africa and even further afield and we understand that not everyone can re locate to Cape Town or wants to, even for a short period of time. It may be where their problems began or that they favour other locations and this is fine as with CapeRecovery we offer the same quality service that we are doing successfully in Cape Town, in Durban and other locations coming soon. The principle of client tailored care is the same, just the area that is different. The Facebook CapeRecovery community is always on call and you also have access to the unrivalled Cape Recovery staff and aftercare services that come for the support of all our clients and their friends and families! Durban Rehabilitation Centres (Durban Rehab Centres) are of equal quality and provide the same level of support. We can arrange instant entry to Durban Addiction Rehabilitation Treatment as soon as you call and we complete a very short assessment to ensure the perfect placement. Contact us via e-mail at today! Our CapeRecovery Rehab Durban clinic is one of the best in South Africa, Durban addiction rehab has never been easier.

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Durban Addiction Rehabilitation (Durban Addiction)

When making the often difficult decision to enter a drug or alcohol rehab you need to find a place that’s suited to you, it is a huge step and planning is crucial. It could be the best choice that you ever make as starting on the route to recovery is an exciting and an enlightening journey! Durban has high crime rates and usually where there is crime there is usually drugs and vice versa. Durban is becoming flooded by cheap street drugs such as Nyaope (whoonga) and Crystal Meth (tik) and as we speak it seems the addiction problem in Durban isn’t getting a whole deal better. As part of pur work with Cape Recovery, we are building links to reach out to everyone who is suffering. The numbers of those suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol in Durban and South Africa in general is very high when compared to other cities worldwide.

The positive thing that I’ve found is that the people of South Africa really have a desire to tackle the overwhelming drug and alcohol problem and Durban Rehabilitation Centres are known as being some of the best in the world. Once an addict becomes clean and sober we often see a knock on effect as one addict helps another and so on. This is why we encourage meetings and socialising with other recovering addicts as an integral part of continued recovery. Our Durban Rehab clinic comes with great facilities and enthusiastic and committed staff. We have programmes from a short week long detox right through primary, secondary and tertiary care. However long you can stay we have a programme that will suit your individual needs. Our team is waiting and ready to help you taday. Call us now for Durban Rehab on 082 635 9419 or email We can also arrange an addiction Intervention in Durban so for more information on Rehab Durban Interventions please see the Addiction Interventions page. We can also arrange transportation to our Durban rehab Clinic from the airport or surrounding areas.

This is what we treat at both our Cape Town and Durban Rehab Clinics.

If you are not in Durban then we can help wherever you are in South Africa or the world with our network of quality clinics so contact us and we will do all you can to help. So for all your Durban Addiction RehabilitationDurban Addiction and Rehab Durban needs and all the best Durban Rehabilitation Centres, with Durban Rehab at CapeRecovery you’re always looked after.

Johannesburg Addiction Rehabilitation Centres.

Johannesburg Rehabilitation Centres (Rehab Joburg)

Joburg Rehab

Though we focus on Cape Town, Rehab Joburg with Cape Recovery is also close to our hearts and we understand that not everyone can travel here or wants to, it may be where their problems began or that they favour other locations. This is OK as with CapeRecovery we can offer the same quality service, as we do in Cape Town, in Johannesburg and other locations coming very soon. The principle of tailored care is the same, just the location that is different. You also have access to the unrivalled Cape Recovery staff and aftercare services that come for the support of all our clients and their friends and families! Johannesburg Rehabilitation Centres (Joburg Rehab Centres) are of an equal quality and the same level of support is available. We can arrange quick entry to Johannesburg Addiction Rehabilitation Treatment as soon as you call and we have completed a very short assessment to ensure the perfect placement. Contact us via e-mail at today! Our JHB Rehab clinic starts from just R20000 and we can offer a detox from R8000, joburg addiction rehab has never been easier or more affordable.

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Johannesburg Addiction Rehabilitation (Joburg Addiction Rehab)

When making the decision to go to a drug or alcohol rehab you need to find a place that’s suited to you, it is a big step. It could be the best choice that you ever make as starting on the route to recovery is an exciting and enlightening journey! Johannesburg suffers from high crime rates and  where there is crime there is usually drugs and vice versa. Johannesburg is overwhelmed by cheap street drugs such as Nyaope (whoonga) and Crystal Meth (tik) it seems the addiction problem in Johannesburg is set to get worse. Addiction to drugs and alcohol in Johannesburg is very high when compared to other cities worldwide.

The people of South Africa really have a desire to tackle the overwhelming drug and alcohol problem and Johannesburg Rehabilitation Centres are known as being some of the best in the world. Our Johannesburg Rehab clinics all come with great facilities and enthusiastic and committed staff. We have programmes from a 5 day detox right through secondary and tertiary care. However long you can stay we have a programme that will suit your needs. Our team is waiting to help. Call us now for Joburg Rehab on 082 635 9419 or email We can also arrange an addiction Intervention in Johannesburg so for more information on Interventions please see the Addiction Interventions page. We can also arrange free transportation to our Johannesburg rehab Clinic from the airport or surrounding areas.

This is what we treat at both our Cape Town and Joburg Rehab Clinics.

If you are not in Johannesburg then we can help wherever you are in South Africa or the world with our network of quality clinics so contact us and we will do all you can to help. So for all your Johannesburg Addiction Rehabilitation, Joburg Addiction and Rehab Joburg needs and all the best Johannesburg Rehabilitation Centres, with Joburg Rehab at CapeRecovery your always well looked after by an independent, friendly and committed team!