Our success is attributed to our highly dedicated and committed staff, intensive therapy, family counselling and providing addicts with the tools to reverse the emotional ramifications that have destroyed their self-esteem and confidence. The destruction of their self-esteem and confidence results in depression, worthlessness and self-hatred, which so often puts the addict back onto the road of further substance abuse.
The environment that houses the services, counselling and medical facilities plays a huge part in Eden’s success rate – a success rate that’s attracted addicts and their loved ones from South Africa, Africa and overseas.
The situation with regards to substance abuse is best summed up in this quote by Dr David Bayever of the CDA, a government drug control organisation:
“The drug problem in South Africa remains very serious with drug usage being twice the world norm in most cases…and we are only dealing with what we know about…this is only the tip of the iceberg.”
The results of drug addiction particularly long-term addiction are dismal. Drug addiction destroys every aspect of the addict’s life, leaving him lonely, isolated and emotionally depressed. Family and friends no longer see the addict in a positive light, and repairing the broken trust is difficult, if not impossible. Increased isolation and financial disruption propel the downward spiral until the addict is left only with the drugs.
At Eden Recovery Centre, the treatment of substance abuse is treated as an important health service. The first consideration for evaluating such treatment is whether it works, i.e., what are its effects?
“Most drug rehabilitation centres have a success rate of less than 3%.” (Prof. Malaka / University of Limpopo).
Effectiveness criteria for alcohol and other drug abuse treatment have been defined in a number of ways including length of abstinence or drug-free days, number of relapses, or subsequent admission for treatment following initial treatment.
In the past 12 months 94 clients have been treated at Eden of which 72% have remained clean, 26% have relapsed and 2% are deceased.
Eden’s success is attributed to our highly dedicated and committed staff, intensive therapy, family counselling and providing addicts with the tools to reverse the emotional ramifications that has destroyed their self-esteem and confidence resulting in depression, worthlessness and self-hatred.