Elon Musk said “I am trying to think of the future and not be sad.”

That is how I felt when I used to think about the current state of available treatment for people that are grappling with a substance-abuse disorder.

Regretfully, there was nothing not to feel sad about.

The current system is broken and far too many people are misdiagnosed and subject to inappropriate treatment which sets them up for relapse or failure.

The need arose for an approach that dealt with the root cause of addiction – trauma. Following this, we had to design a programme that was non-punitive in its attitude toward recovery.

And so, the dream of Recovery Direct became a reality.

Our philosophy is based on scientific facts and medically proven techniques, not on outdated ideology.

We do not believe that addiction is a disease. Research shows that people abuse substances because of: –

  • Unresolved trauma still affecting functionality
  • Dysfunctional coping systems
  • An untrue belief system about self
  • Chemical imbalances

We delve deeper into the underlying reason for the need to soothe and to find relief from internal pain.

And when we find the cause we begin to work towards the solution. This is when healing starts to take place.

Our Premium Programme

Each patient’s programme is designed specifically around their individual recovery needs. Every morning our clinical team meets to discuss progress, setbacks, areas of concern and most importantly, what the patient wants to achieve with their new life once they leave the inpatient programme.

Recovery from addiction and other trauma-based disorders often opens up a new corridor to life. When patients begin to realise that more of the same behaviour will only result in more of the same consequences, they are in a position to make new, healthy choices. Do I have a job or do I have a career path? Are my values and principles my own? What is happiness and do I deserve it? This is a start of realistic thinking, a balanced perspective of life and a healthy relationship with oneself and others.

We aim to get our patients to realise that their lives don’t have to only be lived in parts. They can be lived as a whole.

Gary Breytenbach
Managing Director
Recovery Direct Rehabs South Africa