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What should I pack?

The Cedars Treatment Facilities provides full room and board and all the required literature and stationery for our life-changing treatment program. Halal or Vegetarian diets are catered for by request. At an additional cost, luxuries such as tuckshop, cigarettes or basic necessities such as toiletries can be purchased on site or via a special shopping trip. For a list of things to bring, please follow this link. Please enquire directly with our office if you need more information.

What constitutes a normal day in treatment?

Each day comprises a mixture of group therapy, one on one counselling sessions, written work on the 12-Steps, client education groups and moderate exercise sessions. From time to time, we take our patients on hikes or other excursions in the beautiful surrounds of our treatment facilities. For a more detailed breakdown, please request assistance from one of our addiction professionals.

Can you tell me some more about The Cedars Addiction Treatment Program?

Our life-changing treatment program utilises a multidisciplinary team that consists of our medical doctor, clinical psychologist and internationally qualified addiction counsellors. Our program is based on the 12-Steps, group therapy, one on one counselling, sessions with the psychologist and social worker. Upon arrival, our medical doctor will assess your physical condition and previous diagnoses. If necessary, stabilisation medication will be prescribed. Once ready, you’ll be encouraged to join the daily groups and activities. Provided you are physically able, moderate exercise is encouraged, and on a weekly basis, our onsite gym equipment, yoga and aerobics instructors will help you get the colour back in your cheeks. Our dietician-approved menu will restore your energy balance and help you feel whole again! Each of our facilities is in a beautiful part of South Africa – lush gardens, exquisite sunsets and the sounds of nature abound.

How long should I stay in treatment?

Our treatment program is divided into 28-day phases. We recommend three 28-day phases if you would like to complete the 12-Step program in full, however we can tailor the length of the treatment program to your requirements.

What makes you different to other treatment facilities?

The Cedars has 19 years of experience in helping people find a solution to substance abuse. Many of our patients who have found recovery using The Cedars program describe positive changes to their lives – an improvement in living conditions, better family relationships and the ability to work and stay free from substances. The Cedars approach aims to restore you to a life that is cherished and appreciated.

What’s the difference between a 28-day and 90-day treatment plan?

A 28-day treatment plan is enough time for a comprehensive introduction to the life-changing Cedars programme. A client will see the doctor for a physical examination, have stabilisation medication administered if required, and when physically able, start their journey at The Cedars, experiencing our group therapy, educational groups, one-on-one counselling, sessions with the psychologist and social worker. They will also start the 12-Step program and learn more about 12-Step fellowships. Work begins on the behavioural issues that accompany substance abuse and process addictions.
The 90-day program allows the client to complete the 12-Step program in full, and also the time to work at addressing persisting behavioural defects. During the 90-day program they will also be afforded the opportunity to work towards a position of responsibility within the therapeutic community. It is most often the case that ex-clients with the longest clean time after treatment did three months or more in primary treatment.

What drugs has my loved one been using?

Most family members and certainly society at large, believe that the ‘drugs’ or ‘alcohol’ are the problem. Unfortunately there is no ‘Magic Wand’ to dealing with addiction. By the time our clients reach our facility, most family members are desperate for a solution and a ‘quick fix’. Loved ones live in hope that if the addict/alcoholic can just ‘stop using’ then the problem will disappear. Experience shows that promises are broken time and time again and that no matter what, the addict will stop for short periods of time but inevitably start using the substance again. As addicts and alcoholics, we are unable to ‘stay stopped’. We suffer from an illness that makes us mentally and physically different from normal people – we have lost the power of choice and cannot stay clean and sober by willpower. Yes, the first step is to get off the substance but moving forward requires a behavioural change which comes as a result of working the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. The programme provides us with a solution on how to live life clean and sober, without the use of a mood and mind altering substance. The relationship between a client and their counsellor is confidential and we are unable to divulge any details regarding a client’s use of a substance. As mentioned above, the substance is merely just a symptom.

How can I help my loved one?

We, as family members are always looking at what we can do to ‘help’ the alcoholic. In the process we take on the shame, guilt and blame that does not belong to us. We become as addicted to the alcoholic as they are to the alcohol – we too can become ill! The best way to help is to RECOVER! We at Cedars suggest that you make use of our ‘Family Services’ as it is imperative that you get help for yourself – this will also put you in a better position to help your loved one.

Will this Programme Work?

The 12 Step Programme is 100% guaranteed if the individual follows all suggestions and is fully engaged in the process. A client usually gets to a place of desperation and wanting to follow suggestions through pain and consequences – this is a gift to any alcoholic who wants to get better – most times this comes as a result of loved ones stepping aside and allowing them to experience their consequences.

If there are trauma or medical problems, how do you help address them?

Family members often believe that trauma or medical problems are the reason as to why their loved one is stuck in the cycle of taking drugs or alcohol. “If only they could deal with the issues they are struggling with all will be fine”… you have probably said this many times to yourself and the individual struggling with addiction. Seeking help through doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, trauma counsellors is common. Unfortunately many addicts/alcoholics are misdiagnosed and sadly the primary problem/diagnosis of addiction is ignored. The addict/alcoholic reverts back to taking drugs or drinking, leaving the family feeling confused and helpless. Should trauma be part of a person’s background that will be processed and looked at during the latter phase of treatment – reason being that the primary illness of addiction is of top priority. This is where the experience and understanding from our professional staff is invaluable to the treatment process. We assist in highlighting and breaking through certain beliefs or ideas as to why the individual is an addict, what it means to be an addict and what the real solution to that is. The same applies to medical problems – the client is placed under close observation with our medical staff while the primary diagnosis is being dealt with through our program at the Cedars.

What about after the course of treatment?
Are ongoing recovery support services available?
What can I do to help them?

Family members are often worried and full of fear when it’s time for the patient to leave treatment and move onto the next phase. At the Cedars we offer the solution to the disease of addiction which is the 12-Step program which is essentially a ‘tool kit’ for living – herein the client is given the suggestions and directions of what to do going forward which entails finding a sponsor, attending fellowship support groups such as AA or NA and applying what they have been taught throughout their treatment. Essentially, once a client has completed treatment, it is then their responsibility to use the tools given in order to live a clean and sober life. However, most family members find it difficult to ‘detach’ and tend to take on the responsibility for their loved ones recovery. It’s time for your healing!