How to find the right rehab centre treatment

Call Now 082-442-4779 or email Not every rehab center is the same. Additionally, there are many different ways to help someone with a history of substance abuse. In other words there are many ways to skin a cat and finding rehab centres in Cape Town is not as simple as it may seem at first. Just as no addiction is caused by the same things and affects people in the same way, treatment programs across the country are suitably varied to help anybody move past habits of self-destructive behavior. 

First thing is first. You need to know the difference between finding rehab centres in Cape Town that are private and then public drug rehab centres. The cost is a world apart. Private Centers are usually anywhere from R20k-R80k per month. People can get very despondent after making numerous calls only to find that private treatment is un-affordable. If you don’t have these kind of funds, you will need to look for public or government funded rehab centres. 

Private residential rehab is the most intensive type of treatment. It is for people with severe addiction issues, or people who have an addiction and emotional or personality issues at the same time. In a private rehab you live at a specialized facility for an extended period of time. The amount of time depends on the specific facility and the type of treatment you need. Some people may just stay a few days at a hospital’s in-patient addiction detox unit. Others may stay at an out-of-town facility for 30 days, or multiple months. Some private facilities offer programs that last 6 months or longer. The most common are typically 30, 60 and 90 day programs, so finding rehab centres in Cape Town that suit your specific needs is essential. These programs are good for people who have trouble staying sober on their own. They allow change through offering more structure and guidance. People tend to change when there is a safe environment to do so. The addict is often challenged deeply in terms of their beliefs. Remember it is their best thinking that got them to the point they are at. The way they think, feel and act probably needs a lot of work. This work does come through challenging ones own beliefs. This takes time. An wellness program gives you a safe and stable place to stay while you focus on yourself. While living there, you attend individual therapy, group therapy, and classes. These teach you about addiction. They help you learn to live without your addiction.

You can also seek out-patient programmes with us whilst you stay in Plettenberg Bay, and good counsellors can be seen for sessions online or in-person. There are now good online drug rehab programmes that offer many benefits, should the client not be able to skip work or school for example to attend a full time residential programme. Finding rehab centres in Cape Town plays a big role in determining whether your recovery efforts will be successful or not. Secondly, understand if a detox is required, where this will be done and what this costs. Normally hospital, doctor, psychiatrist and medical fees can run up. For opiates and alcohol this is usually mandatory.  

Thirdly, if you have a medical aid make sure you understand what this covers. You will be expected to pay all shortfalls, so get a written quotation of all these costs first. Medical aids normally cover only the first 21 to 25 days. This can be considered as a detox period. You can always do the detox period in one drug rehab and then switch and try finding rehab centres in Cape Town for a longer term and more affordable residential stay. You will need to know what the expected length of stay is. Below there are a list of questions to help you cover all these details. 

finding rehab centres in Cape Town

Many people choose drug or alcohol addiction treatment centers that are in another part of the country. One of the benefits of traveling for treatment is that you can distance yourself from the situations that supported your addiction in the past. The drawback is that you’ll have to make plans to have ongoing counseling support in your hometown after your addiction treatment has ended unless you decide to move closer to the treatment center. At the end of the day the best treatment is the one that resonates with you. It is the one you believe will work for you. Finding rehab centres in Cape Town isn’t as simple as searching Google and landing on any center listed at random under best recovery facilities, nor is finding the best recovery facility going to be as easy as shopping around for the best recovery program for the price and simply going wherever addiction recovery is practiced. Choosing the best drug rehabilitation center is serious business, and it can make all the difference to an addict who’s ready and willing to start recovery.

12 Questions for finding rehab centres in Cape Town

Use the following 10 questions as a checklist to help you evaluate your options in finding rehab centres in Cape Town

  1. What’s the goal of your drug addiction treatment program for me and my needs?
  2. Is there a waiting list to enter and, if so, how long is the wait?
  3. How long do you recommend clients stay? What is the minimum stay period?
  4. Will family and friends be able to contact or visit me while I’m in the residential program? 
  5. Which licenses and certifications do your treatment center and especially the owner, the Clinical Director and then the other staff have? If these are not university degrees, but rather courses in counselling with long baffling ‘credentials’ be careful! 
  6. How will I be billed for your program? Do you take medical aid? What is your refund policy?
  7. What additional costs are there? Who pays for doctors and psychiatrist visits and what is the cost?
  8. What is mandatory and what is voluntary each day? Do I do chores? Do I have to do sports, public speaking or anything else I may not want to do? 
  9. What activities such as massage therapy or fitness programs or outings do you have each week?
  10. What is your religious policy and will it accommodate my beliefs?
  11. Do you provide aftercare after I’m discharged and, if so, for how long? Get all of this in righting so there is complete clarity.
  12. What happens in the event of a relapse? What is your success rate?

The best drug rehabilitation facilities, the finding rehab centres in Cape Town, will also offer the addict a chance to step back away from the life that led to such trouble and, after a medically supervised initial detox period, begin the process of reintegrating into society with the tools an addict in recovery needs to stay in recovery. It is a process not an event! Recovery is a lifelong journey. It is living a clean, changed and spiritual life. Gone are the days of holding resentments and living in the past for example. Addicts generally can’t do that and stay clean.  A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that, regardless of age, alcoholics and other substance abusers are prone to long-term cognitive impairment. These neurological effects, which include difficulty in acquiring new pathways, as well as motor impairment such as tremors and disequilibrium, will often persist for years after treatment and may be permanent. Another essential element in maintaining long-term positive outcomes for recovering addicts is the kind of social support that’s made available during and after the initial rehabilitation process. Another feature of a good rehabilitation program is its focus on the effort to create healthy family relationships and help build up an aftercare plan that includes a community of support around the individual in recovery.

12 step meetings, counselling sessions, finding a sponsor, living in a daily programme frame of mind and continuing a personal study of spirituality are essential for long term success. Recovery is about connection and all of these pointers or connectors are learned in a good, person centred drug rehab programme. 

For more information on finding rehab centres in Cape Town contact Pathways Plett Rehab Centre. Situated out of town along the garden route of the Western Cape, only 30 minutes flight from the CBD. Call Now 082-442-4779 or email