What is an inpatient treatment programme?
This is usually the most intensively structured approach to treatment. For many it is also the most effective method in dealing with addiction and recovery. During addiction treatment, patients live together in a specialised therapeutic environment, in which they learn about their disease. Intensive counselling and educational programmes help them break down denial patterns and teach them coping skills for their return home.
You can benefit if you:
- Are suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms, have relapsed or cannot attend outpatient treatment;
- Live in a particularly stressful or drug-oriented environment;
- Are addicted to more than one substance or believe that you desperately need help.
Selecting the right treatment:
- Make sure your medical aid covers an adequate percentage of the treatment;
- Select a treatment philosophy that puts patients, their sobriety and mental and physical health before staff convenience or financial concerns;
- Look for a treatment that takes a medical approach. Remember you are ill, not crazy;
- Go for one that offers a detox facility (if you require it);
- Select a centre that offers adequate treatment time (about six weeks) and has affiliations with reputable support groups and aftercare organisations, such as AA, Sanca or NA;
- Seek a professional environment and a centre that uses medication only when absolutely necessary;
- Adequate group sessions, one-on-one therapy and emphasis on family involvement;
- Recreational therapy that channels creative energy;
- A sound referral network and aftercare support system.
Types of Rehab Facilities
Luxury Private Care Centres
There are a number of high quality exclusive treatment centres based in Cape Town. These centres cater largely to international “medical tourism” market for addicted individuals who seek treatment in South Africa due primarily to the strong Euro, Pound or Dollar against the South African Rand. Many of these centres are owned/managed by foreign nationals, however they fund a great deal of the local efforts toward addiction treatment in South Africa.