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The Addiction Rehabilitation Process

The Addiction Rehabilitation Process

Everything you ever needed to know about the addiction rehabilitation process, addiction rehabilitation programs, addiction assessment, detox and addiction recovery in one place!

 Addiction Assessment – CapeRecovery Addiction Triage

Effective Addiction Recovery is what CapeRecovery is all about so we have put together this guide for our clients that is designed to be simple and easy to understand. The Addiction Assessment stage of the addiction rehabilitation process is where we, with you, make a decision whether a particular rehab center is a good fit for the individual (and of course, vice versa). At this stage it is very important that you ask us the questions you most care about in terms of cost, environment, type of addiction rehabilitation programs on offer etc. We also have some questions for you and are the only people that use our unique addiction assessment and addiction triage service prior to any major decisions being made, to best determine how the program offered at any specific centre can most efficiently tailor its treatment plan to you and your specific requirements and stage of addiction. The addiction assessment stage of the addiction rehabilitation process will determine the severity of your addiction, your personal drug and alcohol use history, family history and budget available for treatment. We guide you through the whole of the addiction rehabilitation process including Addiction Assessment, Addiction Detox and Addiction Recovery with CapeRecovery.

Addiction Assessment to find only the Addiction Rehabilitation Programs that meet your individual needs

Stage one of the CapeRecovery Addiction Recovery and The Addiction Rehabilitation Process – When it comes to addiction assessment to find the most perfect addiction rehabilitation programs, there are lots of options available to you so remember that it makes sense, and ultimately means receiving the most effective treatment, to look for the program and environment that is the perfect match for you or your loved one.

If you feel comfortable with the rehab facility that you’ve chosen following our addiction assessment, you are more likely to follow the program and see it through to the end, thus increasing your chances of long-term recovery from addiction.

Here are some important things for you to bear in mind when selecting a treatment centre and undertaking our addiction assessment:

  • Addiction is a disease of the brain so it doesn’t just affect your behaviours but also your brain chemistry and blurs logical thinking.
  • Early treatment of addiction is vital as recovery is a journey and may take some time but it is worth it.
  • Though it is important to have the desire to stop, people who are essentially forced into rehab can also be successful once they have engaged in a treatment program.
  • Addiction is very personal, there is no magic solution to effective treatment. Different treatment programs and rehab facilities work more effectively for different people, that’s why our addiction assessment prior to making any decisions is so important.
  • At CapeRecovery we look holistically at every area of your life and not just your substance abuse or addiction.
  • Mental health conditions are very often linked to drug addiction, we take this into account and have a great dual-diagnosis facility.
  • A persons general physical health is important to a full recovery so all our centres look at any pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Effective treatment takes time so at CapeRecovery we believe that you must commit enough time to treatment. If you are going to spend money on treatment, you may as well do it properly, too many people believe that 21 days will be sufficient, this is a myth.
  • Physical detox is very important but is only the first stage of any addiction treatment. Long-term behavioural change usually requires a process of behavioural therapy as well as the CapeRecovery ongoing support, after rehab.
  • Because all addictions are about behaviours and not the actual drugs, the most common form of treatment is behavioural therapy. Also group and family therapy is always a part of treatment.
  • It is not unusual for medication to be used alongside therapy for underlying mental health issues, if this is necessary then it’s ok.
  • Re-lapse happens in addiction treatment but our programs guard against it happening if at all possible, unfortunately, no rehab or addiction treatment in the world can guarantee success, that’s just how it is.
  • At CapeRecovery we are continually accessing your needs and making revisions to treatment plans with the centres, designed to meet your changing needs and circumstances.

Different kinds of Rehab Facilities

Stage two of the CapeRecovery Addiction Recovery and the addiction rehabilitation process is choosing the most suitable treatment and comfortable place for your budget – All our Rehab Treatment Programs offer inpatient treatment as we believe that this is the most effective way of battling addiction as it takes the individual physically away from the substance or behaviour that is the problem. Our addiction assessment also takes into account your budget and the luxury of treatment that you may require. Our standard packages are all excellent but for a little more you can receive a bit more luxurious surrounding and facilities.

Inpatient Addiction Rehab

Luxury Addiction Rehab

For some, this is simply not practical so we also offer Outpatient services. Some clients may come out of rehab and require a bit of extra support, we work with the best counsellors and can arrange this too.

Outpatient, Life Coaching and Home Detox

Certified Addiction Counsellors

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Detoxification (Detox)

Stage three of the CapeRecovery Addiction Recovery and the addiction rehabilitation process is Detoxification. Most drug addictions and all alcohol addictions need a period of detoxification (detox) at the beginning of the rehabilitation process. The idea of this stage of detox is to remove all the traces of drugs and alcohol from the body. In some cases, a maintenance medication may need to be given to ease the withdrawal symptoms that are associated with certain drugs, usually opiate based addictions.

The severity of the detoxification (detox) process varies according to:

  • The persons body composition and metabolism.
  • The type of drug and the quantity that was being used.
  • How long the person has been taking the drug.
  • If the person has other addictions.

Detoxification is usually a very safe process when it is undergone in a medically supervised setting. Occasionally, detox from certain substances or for certain people can be potentially dangerous and even deadly so it is not usually advisable for people to detox on their own at home.


When a person takes a drug or consumes alcohol regularly, the body becomes accustomed to having certain levels of the substance in it. Once the substance is removed, the body may begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. Depending on the substance used, withdrawal symptoms can even start to appear within a couple hours. Usually, they tend to at least appear within the first 24 hours after the last drug dose.

Withdrawal does have it’s inevitable symptoms and the type and severity depend on the drug used, amount and length of time used. Some typical withdrawal symptoms may include problems with:

Extreme depression, Difficulty concentrating, Decreased appetite, Severe fatigue and tiredness, Agitation, Runny nose, Difficulty sleeping, Sweating, Nausea, Stomach Cramping, Diarrhoea, Trembling or shakes, Rapid heart rate, Trouble breathing, Headaches, Muscle tension or pain, Seizures, Stroke, Hallucinations, Heart attack.

Medications Commonly Used During Detoxification (Detox)

The method of treatment – including any pharmaceutical assistance – received during detox will depend on the specific type of addiction being treated. Prior to detox, you will be assessed by professional medical personnel to determine what type and degree of pharmaceutical assistance may be needed during your detoxification.

While certain addictions may not even require a detox process to proceed with rehabilitation therapy, other addictions – such as those to heroin, opiates, benzodiazepines and alcohol – often require medications to ease the severity of the withdrawal process during detox.

Medications used will differ, according to the drug addiction being treated. Some examples of medications that may be employed during detox, however, may include:


Methadone is a controversial drug and has been over prescribed for heroin addicts who are not necessarily in treatment. It can be used effectively however during detox from heroin or opiate prescription medications. It helps to ease those struggling with opiate addiction off the drugs gradually and in general, the dose of methadone given is slowly reduced over time in the hope that the individual will eventually be free of all drug dependence.

It’s difficult though because any opiate withdrawal has a degree of discomfort and some are better at dealing with this than others. Some do continue to take methadone for years but this is not ideal for the purpose of rehab and becoming totally substance free as for some, methadone itself can also be addictive.

Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex)

Buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) is also now commonly used to treat addictions to heroin and prescription opioid medications. It has become the preferred alternative to methadone treatment, as it doesn’t cause patients to feel any type of “high” which makes abuse a lot less likely. It is however taken incorrectly and abused so should be used with constant medical attention and not just handed out to the client. As with methadone, the goal is to taper the drug dosage over time and the length of time varies from person to person.

Benzodiazepines (Benzos)

This classification of drugs includes anti-anxiety drugs which are frequently used during alcohol detox. Benzodiazepines are sometimes used to reduce the likelihood of seizures, decrease the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms and to help relieve anxiety and depression that are associated with the process of detox.


Barbiturates are sometimes used as mild sedatives in the detox, helping to relieve anxiety, irritability and discomfort during the process. Like benzodiazepines (Benzos), they may also help to reduce the risk of seizures, which can be common during alcohol detox.

Rehab Admission – Addiction Rehabilitation Programs

Stage four of the CapeRecovery Addiction Recovery and the addiction rehabilitation process is rehab – Once individuals get through their initial detox from drugs or alcohol, they will then, ideally continue through rehabilitation (rehab). There are stages of rehab, Primary Rehab, Secondary Rehab, Tertiary and Sober Living, the first more intense and then leading to a bit more freedom to explore the core reasons behind their addiction. Addressing these issues means that they can effectively move on with their lives without turning back to drugs, alcohol or their addictive behaviour. Addiction Rehabilitation Programs do vary in quality and expertise so that’s why we will only place our clients where they are perfectly suited.

Individual Therapy in all Addiction Rehabilitation Programs

In individual behavioral therapy our clients work on identifying when they began using and why they started, they are given strategies on how they can spend their time, often by getting involved in new hobbies or interests. They are taught time management skills to allow patients to make better use of their time, meaning that they have less opportunity to think about relapse. They also learn about identifying triggers to their using and how to deal with situations when they come up. If our clients have a plan for the various tempting situations then they are more likely to put their plan into action and avoid relapsing.

This is essentially what Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is all about and it is a lot more practical and straight forward than some practitioners would have you believe. Some form of CBT is practised in all our Addiction Rehabilitation Programs whether they call it that or not.

Group Therapy

The addiction rehabilitation process at all our rehabs and treatment centres includes group therapy. Again, this is an integral part of all our Addiction Rehabilitation Programs. Interaction with addicts who the client can relate to is a vitally important part of the healing process and is a part of all the overall addiction rehabilitation programs that we offer. It is helpful for recovering addicts to know that they are not alone in their struggles. I believe that the sense of community support is integral to the recovery process, as people helping people is priceless.

Family Therapy

All our rehabilitation facilities offer family therapy as part of their program. Addiction is damaging and that damage affects many people, not just the one individual with the addiction. The families are often those who are most affected by their loved ones addiction and they are an important part of the recovery process for the client. At CapeRecovery, family support is part of our process and we look after families as well as we look after the individual addict.

In all our addiction rehabilitation programs, they are invited to participate in family sessions and family groups where they can voice the pain caused by their loved ones addiction and their desire to see that person live a full and healthy life. It can be a painful process but I believe it ultimately brings the family closer together, helping to resolve issues so that the family can then serve as a pillar of support once their loved one leaves the rehab and returns home.

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Addiction Recovery – The unique CapeRecovery Addiction Recovery way!

Stage five of the CapeRecovery Addiction Recovery and the addiction rehabilitation process and arguably the most important, is sustained recovery and abstinence – It is a myth that someone can recover completely after 21 day or even three month addiction rehabilitation programs although I do believe that it is the perfect place to start the process and equip the person with strategies and tools to lead a happy life in recovery. It truly is a lifelong process that requires ongoing work and daily attention, sometimes easy and sometimes hard but like anything in life, it is a varied journey that will have it’s ups and downs, so lifelong support and maintenance is essential.

At CapeRecovery, we ensure that each of our clients is fit and ready to leave, all our rehabs offer aftercare on a weekly basis so that the client can keep in touch and access any support they need throughout the initial stages of their recovery.

If required, we also find our clients a suitable sober living house for a while with other individuals recovering from addiction. Sober living offers support and a transitional time for individuals from addiction back into ‘normal’ life.

We offer patients regular therapy sessions post rehab with our addiction counsellors if they need extra support. I also strongly advise attending meetings regularly such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) which helps the client engage with the wider recovery community and surround themselves with like minded people. To me, this is the most important aspect of maintaining and living a happy and fulfilled life in recovery. We encourage social events with the Cape Town Recovery Community as well as offering Volunteer Opportunities with local charities for all our clients if required. So that’s the CapeRecovery Addiction Recovery and the addiction rehabilitation process according to us! Overseas clients, join us for The CapeRecovery Experience and pay only the best local rates for the highest quality rehab, addiction and recovery journey!


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