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Admitting yourself or your loved one into treatment

Making the decision that you or your loved one need treatment can be quite an overwhelming and intimidating feeling. Rest assured, making the decision is one of the highest proclamations of love there is, as well as the first step in the right direction. Read below for information on our admission process. 

  • The phone call – call us or let us call you.

Our professional staff are available from Monday to Sunday to answer any questions you may have about our treatment process. Call us at 039 974 0119 or email us at bookings@thecedars.co.za. We are also able to call you if you’d prefer.

  • We do admissions 7 days a week.

Admissions are done by appointment only – please let us know when you’re coming. Medical aid cover or payment will need to be finalised before admission. This will all be discussed with you during the first phone call.

Please note: Members of a medical aid or hospital plan may be covered for up to 28 days of addiction treatment, subject to the terms and conditions of the medical aid provider. If you opt for cash fees we will require a transfer of funds before admission according to our 2020 rates.

  • Get ready for your admission.

You’ll need to pack comfortable clothing and walking shoes. We provide comfortable lodging, linen towels, and breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our menu is of a very high standard and dietician approved. At an extra cost of R1500pm, we cater for Halal or vegetarian.

Please note: Pack all your prescribed medication and any supporting medical documentation for our doctor and nursing team. We offer an on-site tuck shop that sells snacks, drinks and a weekly laundry service.

Please use this link to view our locations on Google Maps, or chat with us for step by step directions to our facility.

Depending on your location, we may be able to assist with transporting your loved one or yourself to our facilities, please discuss this option during your first phone call if you require assistance.

  • The first weekThe first 7 days of treatment is the detox and orientation phase – once the COVID-19 test has been completed; each client undergoes medical and clinical evaluation, detoxification protocol, screening and assessment, treatment planning, consultation with doctor, social worker, clinical psychologist and counselling team. Work begins on the 12 Step programme, individual and group counselling, client education groups and recovery workshops. Clients also do mild exercise – yoga and aerobics once per week.

From consequences to hope

When Sean entered The Cedars, his life was a culmination of one negative consequence after another. He sat in fear and dread every day that he’d lose his child, his job and his life if he continued, but he didn’t know how to stop.

Read Sean’s story of transformation and hope and how he learnt how his experience could help those still suffering.

“My name is Sean and I am an addict. I’m 37 years old and from Johannesburg, I grew up in a small town called Benoni. I came from a good family and I had a happy childhood. Yet, some of my earliest memories reveal to me that I was never quite ‘okay’. I never felt like I fitted in or belonged. I have always been searching for something to fill that void in me.

When I was 13, I discovered alcohol. It became my solution to the way I felt on the inside. It eased that pain and made life a bit more bearable. At 14, I began to experiment with drugs. I loved how these things made me feel; how they helped me escape myself. 

As I grew older my use of different substances progressed. I still did well at school and university, but my progression continued into my work years and my use of substances got heavier and heavier. The consequences of my using were getting worse as I progressed, and I got to a point that I knew I had to stop. 

I tried a lot of things to stop: getting into relationships, changing friends, changing jobs, going to church, seeing counsellors and psychologists, taking medication, getting married, having a child, getting a divorce. The truth was, nothing worked for very long; I always needed to get back on substances. 

I couldn’t stop.

In the end, my life was a mess after a series of severe consequences and I was tired of living in constant fear of losing my daughter, my job and my life. I had hit my rock bottom and I asked for help. It was suggested to me by a friend that I should go to The Cedars. My life has never been the same since. 

They revealed to me this is a progressive disease. I put my trust in the experienced staff members and I underwent a process. The Cedars gave me a solid foundation for my recovery. I studied the literature there, I learned about the 12 steps of recovery, I did the step work, I learned about the importance of meetings, sponsorship, fellowship and giving back with service. 

I have been clean for over 2 years now. That void I had since childhood is gone. It’s a miracle. I don’t take any medication. I don’t miss drugs and alcohol. I feel like a different person. 

My entire life has changed, especially on the inside.

I learned at Cedars that there are certain things I have to do to maintain my recovery. I go to recovery meetings, I have a sponsor, I do service, I try my best to live a spiritually-principled life.

I am in the process of making amends to those I harmed, to fix those relationships and I now live a meaningful life. I am a grateful recovering addict and alcoholic. I have something to offer now because of my experience at The Cedars. 

They taught me that my experience can help countless others and that’s what I aim to do now. 

I look back on my time at The Cedars and it fills me with gratitude. I wouldn’t change it for the world. 

They saved my life. I plan to go back there and share my story with the patients every new year that I am clean.”

A reminder that during these unprecedented times in South Africa, it can be a daunting task to figure out the logistics of seeking help for yourself or a loved one. Our team at The Cedars are a medical aid contracted essential service. We are able to travel securely between provinces and assist with collecting clients and transporting them safely to our beautiful facility in Kwa-Zulu Natal, for the equivalent of an airline ticket (JHB) or we can collect clients for free if they are based in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region.

Sound helpful? We are available 7 days a week to assist and discuss in greater detail.

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What happens next?

What happens next?

For many people, leaving treatment and going back into the world can be a major adjustment.

We gathered a selection of tips and suggestions from our experienced members of staff on how best to handle the change.

“The journey of recovery is full of lessons for our spiritual growth. We repeat these lessons over and over until we do the next right thing, then we move forward to the next lesson.”

Caleb A

“If you keep doing what you doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting. As long as I keep working the program I keep getting the result of what that means to me, which is being happy, joyous and free in all areas of my life.”

– Cassidy A

“This too shall pass. This is a thought that has helped me get through crises in my life like the recent passing of a loved one. My experience in recovery has been that the bad times shall pass, and I can emerge from the wreckage still in recovery and knowing it’s going to be okay.”

– Miranda D

“Into action, not into thought. I do this by bringing myself back to the present moment – being aware of what I’m doing instead of being stuck in what I’m thinking.”

– Craig T

“If you’re willing to work the program, you can find ways to cope with life like you’ve never experienced. I try to meditate at least once a day – it doesn’t involve crossing my legs or saying “huuuuuum” – it’s taking a moment to focus on what I’m doing, to stay in the present. 

– Stellio C

“Keep it simple.” Stop overthinking things and ask for help. These are actions that have helped me in my recovery.

– Reece W

“People look for happiness outside of themselves, but recovery is an inside job. The root of addiction is self-centred fear, and we spend our lives trying to change the way we feel. So, I take the torch off of other people and I put it on myself.”

– Natalie A.

“Stay away from drink, one day at a time.”

– Keith W.

“I can’t. He can. So let him. This is my higher power in my life. I can’t control everything in my life, my kids behaviour, the things that happen around me. What I can control, is my reaction to those things. This brings me serenity.”

Neville BC

A reminder that during these unprecedented times in South Africa, it can be a daunting task to figure out the logistics of seeking help for yourself or a loved one. Our team at The Cedars are a medical aid contracted essential service. We are able to travel securely between provinces and assist with collecting clients and transporting them safely to our beautiful facility in Kwa-Zulu Natal, for the equivalent of an airline ticket (JHB) or we can collect clients for free if they are based in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region.

Sound helpful? We are available 7 days a week to assist and discuss in greater detail.

#TheCedars

The benefits of daily meditation for everyone

At The Cedars, the days are filled with routine and various groups. One of those groups our patients experience, is a daily guided meditation practice with our counsellors.

Meditation is a useful tool for anyone, whether they’re in recovery or not, to sync the connection between mind and body.

The overall benefits of a consistent meditation practice are endless, read below for a few that we find very important.

  • Stress Reduction: Regular meditation practice can produce a welcome state of relaxation. During meditation, you learn to focus your attention and the mass of thoughts that may be causing stress. Less stress = better physical and emotional well being.
  • Assists with anxiety control: With regular meditation and specific anxiety based meditation practice, you can learn to isolate the physical tell-tale signs of an anxiety attack and how to safely navigate through the sensations.
  • Promotes emotional health: Many people have found that with a regular meditation practice in place, their moods, general focus and work life showed improvements.

Interested in building your own meditation practice? Consider the assistance of mobile Apps such as Headspace that have a very user-friendly approach to meditation at home. All you need is a quiet corner and an attitude of willingness to try.

At The Cedars, we strive to equip our clients with tools that they can utilise once they leave treatment. During these unprecedented times in South Africa, it can be a daunting task to figure out the logistics of seeking help for yourself or a loved one.

Our team at The Cedars are a medical aid contracted essential service.

We are able to travel securely between provinces and assist with collecting clients and transporting them safely to our beautiful facility in Kwa-Zulu Natal, for the equivalent of an airline ticket (JHB) or we can collect clients for free if they are based in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region.

Sound helpful?

We’re available 7 days a week to discuss this offer in more detail.

#TheCedars

A story of lasting change – Brad W

At The Cedars, we teach our patients a program which we believe is a catalyst for long lasting behavioural change. Read below to read Brad W’s testimonial and learn how he went from hopeless, lonely and broken, to hopeful, committed and grateful. 

Brad W – ‘Today, I am free.’ 

What it was like 

My treatment experience at The Cedars was like no other. Before I was admitted to Cedars, my life was painful. I was lonely, broken, and not to be trusted. I believed that everyone around me was the problem and I was bound to die.

For the 16 years that I had been using drugs, I took anything that could change the way I felt. I always thought that I could stop using whenever I wanted to, and that I always had the power of choice in that regard. When I got to Cedars, I had to adapt to the understanding that drugs were not my problem but were in fact my solution.

It turned out that I was the problem. I needed a solution. A solution that was more effective than just saying no and trying to control the amounts that I used. At The Cedars, I was introduced to the 12 steps. 

What happened 

What helped me in understanding the steps, was the knowledge of The Cedars staff. All of them were fully committed to a certain way of living their own lives. I realised I wanted that for myself. Not only were they inspiring me through their own journey of addiction and recovery, but they were living proof that embracing the 12 step way of life was the best way to be happy.

I practice what I was taught at The Cedars. I attend meetings, have a sponsor, I sponsor other people in recovery and continue to apply the principles of the 12 steps to my life.

The Cedars facility itself was amazing. The big beautiful tranquil gardens, great food and caring staff led to an overall life-changing experience. I learnt that helping out and assisting with chores such as cleaning up, folding my clothes, washing dishes, and maintaining my hygiene would be a reflection of how I would live my life outside of treatment.

When I arrived, it was suggested that I should ‘ask’, ‘listen’ and ‘do as I’m told’, these principles that keep me teachable in life today. 

What it’s like now 

Today I am free. I am living a manageable clean life. I am married and have a great relationship with my daughter and family that I nearly lost prior to going to Cedars. 

Today I am 5 years and 7 months clean. 

Going to Cedars is a decision that to this day I am so grateful for. 

Our doors are open 7 days a week. We have two rehabilitation facilities based in KZN, on the South Coast and in the Midlands. We are open during lockdown and accepting new patients during these unprecedented times. We are also available to assist with transporting you or your loved one into our facilities. Get in touch with us today or let us call you and we can discuss the possibilities further. 

 

🧠 21 Day Mental Health Tune Up 🧠- Part 3

🧠 21 Day Mental Health Tune Up 🧠

This is the final week of our 🧠 21 Day Mental Health Tune Up 🧠 S

See the images below for a daily challenge to keep your mental state in tip-top shape during this unprecedented time. Add the image to your Instagram/Facebook story and give the box a tick if you got it done. ✅

NOTE: The Cedars is open and fully functional as an essential service provider during the lockdown period. The Cedars pledges to play our part in responsibly following the correct protocol under the guidance of our medical doctor and nursing team.

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🧠21 Day Mental Health Tune Up – Part 2 🧠

🧠 21 Day Mental Health Tune Up 🧠

The Cedars proudly presents week 2 of our 🧠 21 Day Mental Health Tune Up 🧠

See the images below for a daily challenge to keep your mental state in tip-top shape during this unprecedented time.

Add the image to your Instagram/Facebook story and give the box a tick if you got it done. ✅

From all of us at The Cedars, take care, stay safe and keep an eye out for the final chapter of our 🧠 21 Day Mental Health Tune Up 🧠

NOTE: The Cedars is open and fully functional as an essential service provider during the lockdown period. The Cedars pledges to play our part in responsibly following the correct protocol under the guidance of our medical doctor and nursing team.

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🧠 21 Day Mental Health Tune Up 🧠

🧠 21 Day Mental Health Tune Up 🧠

Routines give us structure and structure helps us feel safe in times of unknown circumstances.

As we face the next 21 days of nationwide “lockdown” it is important to check in regularly with ourselves and our loved ones and see where we’re at mentally. A lockdown is something that is foreign to all of us and facing the next 21 days at home can be daunting and tricky to wrap one’s head around.

Changing the perspective and breaking it down to a good old fashioned ‘one day at a time’ approach can feel far more familiar and easier to manage.

Join us for week 1 of our 🧠 21 Day Mental Health Tune Up 🧠

See the images below for a daily challenge to keep your mental state in tip-top shape during this unprecedented time.

Add the image to your Instagram/Facebook story and give the box a tick if you got it done. 

From all of us at The Cedars, take care, stay safe and keep an eye out for part 2 of our 🧠 21 Day Mental Health TuneUp 🧠

NOTE: The Cedars is open and fully functional as an essential service provider during the lockdown period. The Cedars pledges to play our part in responsibly following the correct protocol under the guidance of our medical doctor and nursing team. All new admissions are medically pre-screened for symptoms of COVID-19.

Contact us today if you’d like more information about our admission process. 

I value my recovery above everything – A story of hope by Jane

At The Cedars, we see many patients enter our facility at various levels of brokenness. Jane walked into our facility in 2015, desperate and seeking a way out of the vicious cycle of pain and disappointment she was living in. Read her story of strength and hope below. 

Jane – “I value my recovery above everything. “ 

What it was like 

By the beginning of 2015 my alcoholism had taken me from a fully functioning wife, mother, colleague and friend to a round the clock drinker whose first thought on waking was where I could get my first drink. My entire life revolved around alcohol. Where would I buy it? When I could have my first drink? Where could I hide my bottles? How was I going to live so that no one would realise quite how bad things had become? 

Everyday I vowed that I would stop tomorrow but the reality was that I never could. I had no healthy relationships, my marriage was hanging by a thread, my son had stopped going to school by the age of 14 and yet I still couldn’t put down a drink in waking hours. I reached a point of desperation and felt like I had only two options – stop drinking or kill myself. Killing myself often seemed like the easier option as the thought of not being able to drink for the rest of my life felt terrifying and impossible. I asked for help.

What happened

I entered treatment at The Cedars in February 2015 on a Thursday night in the middle of a power cut. When I came around the next morning I expected to be in some sort of luxury spa where I would float around on detox medication in a fluffy robe having lots of therapy where I could blame the world for my alcoholism.

I arrived full of self-pity and completely lacking in gratitude. I knew I was an alcoholic but I didn’t know what that really meant. At The Cedars, I was taught the basics of the 12-step program and how to apply that in my life. With the help of my counsellor and the team, I was able to look at myself, my life and my relationship with the world around me. I was able to see for the first time how my alcoholism affected my family.

Stopping drinking was just the beginning of my journey into recovery.

The counsellors at The Cedars are all recovering addicts who had been through the same processes as I did. They knew who I was, when I had no idea. They saw me at my worst and helped me recognise what I needed to change in order to stay sober. They saved my life by loving me in the way I needed to be loved and not how I thought I ought to be loved. It is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life and I certainly didn’t make it easy for myself. The Cedars never gave up on me. Amongst the hard work and long days, I found laughter, friendship and most importantly hope. 

What it’s like now 

My life now is so different to the shell of a life I lived before I found recovery. I work hard for my sobriety. Alcoholism is a progressive disease so I need to make sure my recovery progresses too.

 We were promised ‘gifts of recovery’ in treatment.

Today I have a strong relationship with my husband. My son has gone back into education and is excelling at his studies. I live a life that is truly beyond my wildest dreams. I value my recovery above everything. I work hard for it and to this day continue to keep building on the firm foundation I was given by The Cedars.

A whole new life awaits you or your loved one at The Cedars. Our doors are open 7 days a week. We have two rehabilitation facilities based in KZN, on the South Coast and in the Midlands. Get in touch with us today or let us call you and we can discuss the possibilities further.

 

The Gift of Desperation

Lisa M, was certain that after a lifetime of dealing with fear, anorexia, psychiatrists and addiction that there had to be a different way to live. She was presented with the gift of desperation and was ready to put in the work.

Read below to read her journey at The Cedars and courageous story of hope.

Life before recovery:

“I came to The Cedars at the age of 44 after a lifetime of addictions. My first addiction started at the age of 12 with a diet which progressed over time to anorexia, bulimia and obesity. At 14 I was given my first psychiatric diagnosis and prescribed an antidepressant. From then until I came into treatment I have been diagnosed with PTSD, Schizoid Personality Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Mood Disorder and Major Depression with Psychotic Features.

Over the last 30 years I have taken antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilisers, tranquillisers and sleeping tablets. At various times I would have ‘topped up’ with alcohol. I have also been given ECT on a few occasions, been in a lock up ward and had many admissions to various psychiatric wards. I tried to end my life many times. In 2006 I began self-harming and this became so severe in 2017 a surgeon treating my cuts told me I had 6 months to live if I continued as I was.

I knew after this that something had to change. My Mom suggested treatment for addiction issues, and although I didn’t believe I was an addict, I was ready and willing to try anything.

What Happened: 

I arrived at The Cedars so heavily medicated I barely remember the first 8 weeks. I felt frightened and overwhelmed but strangely secure knowing all I had to do was follow suggestions. I blindly did as I was told. It took 2 months to detox and after about 6 weeks I realised the hallucinations and suicidal thoughts had gone. It was hard because I suffered from excessive sweating and a sensation that I might pass out at any time. 

I also struggled to sleep. My concentration was very poor which meant it took me a lot longer than other patients to work through my steps. I knew I had to be willing to go to any lengths if I wanted to recover and be a proper Mom again. I could see in the staff the power of the program and with their support, encouragement, challenges and love, I not only worked through my steps in theory but was able to apply them after. 

‘Learning through doing’ helped me a lot when I left treatment. 

I began to realise that nothing external would ever fix me. Everything I had been searching for already lay within. I began to accept that I am intrinsically connected to everything around me and that feeling of being totally alone in the world disappeared. 

What It Is Like Now? 

After a lifetime trying to escape a nameless darkness I felt pursued me, I am slowly coming back to myself. I found acceptance around my past and realised that it has been a blessing because it has equipped me to help other people going through what I have been through. 

I can now hold my children and feel their breath against my neck and hearts beating next to mine. I have reconnected with life. I have found peace around the end of my marriage and opportunities have opened for me to begin working again in the area of mental health recovery. 

I now feel I have the tools to deal with life’s challenges.

I wake every morning full of hope and gratitude for what was, what is and what will be. I know at a very deep level that everything is exactly as it is meant to be. By going to meetings, connecting with my sponsor, helping others and doing my best to apply spiritual principles in everything I do, I know, one day at a time, I will be ok. 

After a lifetime of self-help books, religion, psychologists, psychiatrists and everything else I tried, I cannot thank The Cedars community enough for giving me back my life.”