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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 😉
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.
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!
When I first started working in addiction treatment, I worked on the whole with people suffering from substance addictions, the world of eating disorder treatment and food addictions such as sugar addiction and over-eating treatment was a little alien to me. When I came to Cape Town I began to see more and more people in mainstream rehabs being treated for these food based addictions and also people receiving bulimia treatment and anorexia treatment. Although I am a nurse and understand the similarities of the behaviours involved and the psychology behind it, I still didn’t realise the benefit of mixed groups of addicts and eating disorder clients. In working recovery, we focus on the similarities and not the differences and many of the same feelings and emotions expressed by both sets of clients were similar and they could relate to one other. This connection impressed me and led me to delve further. On a basic level, the impact of one client or addict helping another is immeasurable and I always say to this day that the most important thing that helped me in my recovery was the people I came across along the way. People in treatment for eating disorders regularly benefit form meeting with people in the addictions fellowships and we greatly encourage this. We assess each case depending on the individual client before we make the decision with you about which is the appropriate treatment pathway, be it in an addiction centre or our specialised eating disorder centre.
Over-Eating Treatment, Bulimia Treatment and Anorexia Treatment
Eating Disorders are usually treated at our specialist Eating Disorder Treatment Centre. I like the place and enjoy my visits there to catch up with clients and staff. The staff are committed and excellent at what they do and the environment is very homely. It has a real feeling of togetherness and this must add to the client experience. I have never come across anyone who has not benefitted from the treatment there. Fully staffed with qualified counsellors and medical staff, they see the client right through their treatment. We can then help with integration back into ‘normal’ life by finding a suitable supported living environment for them. To arrange this for you or a loved one simply contact me or Melanie on the Contact Form today and we will get back to you, if you leave a contact number then I will be happy to call you back to discuss. Alternatively, e-mail me direct and I will do everything that I can to help. firstname.lastname@example.org
So, for the best Eating Disorder Treatment, Sugar Addiction Treatment, Over-Eating Treatment, Bulimia Treatment and Anorexia Treatment or any other eating disorder, addiction or process addiction, get in touch with Cape Recovery, The Cape Town Recovery Experts, Contact Us Today!