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 afflicted with a substance abuse disorder.

Regretfully, there was nothing to not feel sad about.

The current system is broken. And too many good and valuable people were misdiagnosed and subjected to inappropriate treatment, which resulted in perpetual relapses and even premature and unnecessary death.

Hence the need for an operation that dealt with the root cause of addiction, now better known as a substance abuse disorder, was firmly entrenched. Then we had to design a programme, that was essentially and critically a non-punitive approach to recovery.

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

Our philosophy is based on scientific facts and medically proven methods, not on outdated ideology.

We don’t believe that addiction is a disease. Research shows that people abuse substances because of: –

  1. Unresolved Trauma still affecting functionality
  2. Dysfunctional coping systems
  3. An untrue belief system about self
  4. Chemical imbalances

We search for the underlying reason of your need to sooth and to find relief from internal pain.

And when we find it we begin to work towards healing.

Our Premium Programme

Each patients programme is designed specifically to meet the needs of that patient. Every morning our clinical team meets to discuss progress, setbacks, areas of concern and most importantly, what the patients wants to achieve with their new life once they graduate from the Inpatient programme.

Recovery from addiction and other trauma-based disorders should be seen as entering the second phase of life’s development. When patients begin to realise that more of the same behaviour will only result in more of the same consequences, they can make 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? It’s a start of realistic thinking, the necessary goal of the righting of balance, the restoration of a dignified relationship with the universe.

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


Gary Breytenbach
Managing Director
Recovery Direct Rehabs South Africa