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Keith Wilkes, founder of The Cedars, spent the better part of his 36 years in sobriety within the addiction services industry. This vital experience helped sculpt Keith’s vision: a 12-Step based multi-disciplinary approach to addiction treatment that would impact the lives of inpatients and their families.
Beckoned by the sights and sounds of Africa, Keith and his partner, Julia, left the UK for a trip to South Africa in 2002 and it was there that they discovered the setting in which his vision would become reality. Keith and Julia came to view The Cedars Estate in Scottburgh, Kwazulu-Natal. They were instantly struck by its grand beauty and its tranquil atmosphere, offering the spaciousness, peace and sense of safety that they knew would encourage personal recovery and transformation.
Today, The Cedars has played an integral role in the recovery of hundreds of people and has grown to include three beautiful facilities around the country.

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what we stand for


Take Ownership

We believe that taking ownership opens doors. By teaching the tenets of accountability, we help our clients heal their relationships with self and other.

We Get You

Many of our staff are in recovery after completing the Cedars programme. They are our living proof of concept, modelling the power of our unique approach.

Medication Plays a Role

We believe that medication can play an important role in stabilising acute withdrawal symptoms, but requires careful management to prevent ongoing dependency.

Passion & Care

We are passionate about creating the most effective treatment centre locally and abroad. This reflects in the premium calibre of care received at The Cedars.

Create Connection

A supportive ecosystem is essential to sustainable recovery. We focus on helping our clients build and rebuild relationships underpinned by understanding and trust.

Start from Scratch

We don’t believe in a blanket approach to recovery. Here each client’s story has a place, with a tailormade programme curated for his or her needs.