Rehab Centres

If you know a person that is constantly finding themselves fighting the all too common battle of drug addiction, then you have most likely been searching for a method that can not only help you assist the substance abuser, but a means that will allow the drug addict to find clarity of sobriety at their own speed. The choice of addressing a detrimental problem such as drug addiction can be one of the hardest decisions a person can face when dealing with the all too sad world of drugs. But even though this decision can be a daunting one, the only compassionate choice is to help the addict with their insatiable appetite for narcotics by giving them the needed treatment that rehab centres have provided addicts with to start the journey of sobriety.

So if you are finding yourself in the bind of addiction or just happen to know someone who could use the much needed support system of these types of rehab centres, then visit the user friendly website of Eden Recovery for a complete overview of the facility and all the accommodating features that that these compassionate professionals have to offer.

One of the most common factors that may run through an addict’s mind when considering rehab centres is the intimidating notion that these types of facilities may not even have the capabilities of successfully comprehending an addict’s personal struggle with substance abuse. This notion is an extremely scary one for a drug addict, especially when they are strongly considering if they should derail themselves from their normal habitual use of drug addiction and into the path of sobriety.

Thankfully for the recovering drug addict and the loved ones around them, Eden Recovery is well equipped with the finest professionals in many different types of fields that will always have the patient’s best interests in mind. Eden Recovery’s staff is not the only highlighted feature that out measures other esteemed rehab centres – there is an array of different plans set up for the individual recovering addict rather than just assigning a general agenda to guide the substance abuser into a sober lifestyle.

These types of features include a luxurious home away from home that accommodates up to 25 recovering drug addicts, two recreational swimming pools, an area for exercise or meditation such as Yoga, a well-kept lawn and garden, recreational sporting such as table tennis, and volleyball, an exotic wildlife including peacocks, emus, Korean Geese, Cameroon Goats, and more.

Also at the facility, a recovering addict’s stay can feel as though they never left the comfort of their own home with a flat screen TV available with an extensive library of DVDs that rehab centres such as this one can provide.

Another feature of this facility is the on-site 12 step fellowship meeting which can accommodate all hardships that are associated with drug addiction. So if you feel that it is time for you or a loved one to have a second chance at sober living, visit the user friendly website of Eden Recovery and you will soon realize that these rehab centres are the best place to start a new life.

Marijuana Fact Sheet

Marijuana: What you need to know

Eden Recovery Centre works with addicts who are struggling with marijuana.  During treatment, there tends to be a similar pattern seen within the group of people receiving help. There are often many youngsters (ages of 18 – 24) who are struggling to finish school or university, with motivation and apathy being key problems for them.  Where smoking marijuana started out as a relaxing activity, ultimately, they are unable to live the life they dream of.  We also see marijuana addiction as a secondary drug of choice in treatment. Many people do not realise that to recover successfully, they need to give up marijuana as well.

What is marijuana?

Marijuana is a mixture of the dried and shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of the cannabis sativa plant. The mixture can be green, brown, or grey.  Marijuana has a chemical in it called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC. A lot of other chemicals are found in marijuana as well – about 400 of them – many of which can affect your health, but THC is the main psychoactive (mind-altering) ingredient. In fact, marijuana’s strength or potency is directly related to the amount of THC it contains. The THC content of marijuana has been increasing since the 1970s.

Other names

  • Cannabis
  • Pot
  • Herb
  • Weed
  • Grass
  • White
  • Widow
  • Ganja
  • Astroturf
  • Bhang
  • Dagga
  • Dope
  • Home grown
  • J
  • Mary Jane
  • Roach

How is it used?

It can be smoked in a cigarette or in a pipe.  Sometimes, the leaves are mixed with food and eaten or brewed as tea.  Marijuana can be mixed with many other drugs, such as heroin or mandrax.

Who Uses Marijuana in South Africa?

In South Africa, research figures collected from treatment centres in the country reflect that marijuana is a primary drug of choice in treatment in the Eastern Cape, KZN and the Central Region.  In treatment centres across South Africa, the predominant substance of abuse for patients under the age of 20 is marijuana.

In 40% of admissions in Gauteng, the Northern Region and KZN, the dominant substance being abused is marijuana. In a 3 Metros study in 2004 by the Medical Research Council, 1050 arrestees were tested in the Cape, Gauteng and in KZN.  A large portion of those who tested positive were positive for marijuana (45%). South Africans use twice the amount of marijuana than in any other country and according to the United Nations, 4% of South Africans are considered to be frequent users.

Legal Implications

South African law states that possession of marijuana, or any related paraphernalia (a joint or marijuana itself), is an offence punishable for up to 15 years.  Dealing of marijuana is also an offence, punishable for up to 20 years.

You can be arrested under the following conditions:

  1. Consuming the drug in public
  2. Intoxicated behaviour witnessed
  3. Witness of the sale of the drugs
  4. Possession of paraphernalia.

What is medical marijuana

In March 2016, South Africa will bear witness to a historical court case that seeks to have anti-cannabis laws overturned.  Important and vital research needs to be done on medical marijuana and at Eden, we see the consequences of what really happens with marijuana abuse and addiction.

  • The term medical marijuana refers to treating a disease or symptom with the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts.
  • The FDA (in the USA) has not recognised or approved the marijuana plant as medicine.
  • However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications in pill form.
  • Cannabinoids are chemicals related to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana’s main mind-altering ingredient.
  • The body also produces its own cannabinoid chemicals.
  • Currently, the two main cannabinoids from the marijuana plant that are of interest for medical treatment are THC and cannabidiol (CBD).
  • Scientists are conducting pre-clinical and clinical trials with marijuana and its extracts to treat numerous diseases and conditions.
  • Two FDA-approved marijuana drugs are dronabinol and nabilone, both used to treat nausea and boost appetite.

What short-term effects does marijuana have?

  • Sensory distortion
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
  • Poor coordination of movement
  • Lowered reaction time
  • User feels sleepy or depressed after the initial high
  • Increased heartbeat.

What long-term effects does marijuana have?

  • Marijuana makes it harder to learn and remember things
  • Students who use marijuana get lower grades than students who don’t use
  • Workers who use marijuana have more problems at work than those who don’t use
  • Smoking marijuana damages the lungs and can cause:
    frequent chest colds, bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer
  • THC makes it harder for the body’s immune system to fight infection and disease
  • Apathy, drowsiness, lack of motivation
  • Personality and mood changes.

Marijuana addiction and teens

Studies show that marijuana interferes with attention, motivation, memory, and learning. Students who use marijuana regularly tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of highschool than those who don’t use. Those who use it regularly may be functioning at a reduced intellectual level most or all of the time. A few more facts:

  • Most marijuana use begins in adolescence: 78% of the 2.4 million people who began using in the last year were aged 12 to 20.
  • As perception of harm decreases, teen marijuana use increases.
  • Every day, 3,287 teens use marijuana for the first time.

The bottom line

Marijuana may hurt developing teens’ brains. Because a teenager’s brain is still developing, it is especially vulnerable to drug use. Regular heavy marijuana use by teens can lead to an IQ drop of up to eight points.

Heavy marijuana use by teens is linked to:

Educational outcomes

  • Lower grades and exam scores
  • Less likely to enroll in university
  • Less likely to graduate from highschool or college.

Life outcomes

  • Lower satisfaction with life
  • More likely to earn a lower income
  • More likely to be unemployed.

How does marijuana affect driving?

  • Even low doses of marijuana reduce driving ability. Adding alcohol reduces it even further
  • Reaction time and coordination are affected even after people stop feeling high
  • 7% of all fatal crashes involve marijuana.

Using marijuana during pregnancy

  • Babies are generally born with a lower birth weight
  • Brain and nerve problems
  • Later in life, children exposed to THC during pregnancy can have trouble learning and making decisions.

Is marijuana addictive?

  • Long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction
  • People are addicted if they keep using marijuana even though it affects their lives
  • Withdrawal can include:
    Cravings for marijuana, anxiety, crankiness and insomnia.

How does marijuana affect recovery?

  • People who are heavy users of marijuana are more likely to drink heavily and use illicit drugs
  • Marijuana use increases the risk of relapse to meth use
  • People often use marijuana to avoid personal or family problems.

Fact Sheet – Heroin

Heroin addiction

Heroin is an opiate drug that is synthesized from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant. As early as 3400 BC, the opium poppy flowers were grown and harvested in Mesopotamia. Various chemical and mechanical methods are used to make create the finished product which will have different appearances based on purity and will also have distinct names. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder or as a black sticky substance, known as “black tar heroin.”

How Is Heroin Abused?

Heroin can be injected, snorted/sniffed, or smoked—routes of administration that rapidly deliver the drug to the brain. Injecting is the use of a needle to administer the drug directly into the bloodstream. Snorting is the process of inhaling heroin powder through the nose, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal tissues. Smoking involves inhaling heroin smoke into the lungs. All three methods of administering heroin can lead to addiction and other severe health problems.

How Does Heroin Affect the Brain?

Heroine drug quickly enters the brain and it slows down reaction time, slows memory and slows down your thought process. The effect of heroin is a sense of warmth and well-being is felt by users when a small dose of heroin is taken. Larger doses make the user feel relaxed, separated from the real world and drowsy. Heroin, being an opiate drug, is capable of directly stimulating the opiate receptors within the brain. When a person uses heroin, the drug moves through the blood brain barrier and infuses the brain with opiates. Heroin affects multiple brain regions. The receptors in these regions deal with pain but some receptors are within the brain stem which is an important area for automatic critical life processes, such as blood pressure and breathing.

Heroin affects the brain areas that produce physical dependence as well as the brain areas that produce euphoric sensations – thereby causing both physical and psychological addictions. The addictive properties of heroin are characterized by tolerance (the requirement for larger and larger amounts to get the same result), persistent cravings for the drug, and a dangerous/painful withdrawal. Heroin is highly addictive as well as extremely fast acting.

So addictive is it that even after just 3 days, it is possible for someone to experience withdrawal symptoms if they stopped taking it. As well as the physical addition, over time the psychological effects of heroin on the brain produce ‘craving’ and a strong desire to keep using the drug. Heroin enters the brain, where it is converted to morphine and binds to receptors known as opioid receptors. These receptors are located in many areas of the brain (and in the body), especially those involved in the perception of pain and in reward. Opioid receptors are also located in the brain stem—important for automatic processes critical for life, such as breathing (respiration), blood pressure, and arousal. Heroin overdoses frequently involve a suppression of respiration.

After an intravenous injection of heroin, users report feeling a surge of euphoria (“rush”) accompanied by dry mouth, a warm flushing of the skin, heaviness of the extremities, and clouded mental functioning. Following this initial euphoria, the user goes “on the nod,” an alternately wakeful and drowsy state. Users who do not inject the drug may not experience the initial rush, but other effects are the same.

With regular heroin use, tolerance develops, in which the user’s physiological (and psychological) response to the drug decreases, and more heroin is needed to achieve the same intensity of effect. Heroin users are at high risk for addiction—it is estimated that about 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.

Research has shown that a major proportion of individuals who just want to experiment with heroin can become addicted quickly. Addiction is measured by developing an increased tolerance towards the drug as well as a dependence on the drug. People can easily become so physically and mentally dependant that their entire existence becomes all about finding and taking the drug. An increase in tolerance level means that user must continually increase the amount of heroin taken in order to produce the same euphoric results. As a consequence of using heroin in larger quantities and more often, the potential for overdose and death almost exponentially increase.

What Other Adverse Effects Does Heroin Have on Health?

Heroin abuse is associated with serious health conditions, including fatal overdose, spontaneous abortion, and—particularly in users who inject the drug—infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis. Chronic users may develop collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, and liver or kidney disease. Pulmonary complications, including various types of pneumonia, may result from the poor health of the abuser as well as from heroin’s depressing effects on respiration. In addition to the effects of the drug itself, street heroin often contains toxic contaminants or additives that can clog blood vessels leading to the lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain, causing permanent damage to vital organs.

Chronic use of heroin leads to physical dependence, a state in which the body has adapted to the presence of the drug. If a dependent user reduces or stops use of the drug abruptly, he or she may experience severe symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms—which can begin as early as a few hours after the last drug administration—can include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea and vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps (“cold turkey”), and kicking movements (“kicking the habit”). Users also experience severe craving for the drug during withdrawal, which can precipitate continued abuse and/or relapse. Major withdrawal symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose of the drug and typically subside after about 1 week.

Some individuals, however, may show persistent withdrawal symptoms for months. Although heroin withdrawal is considered less dangerous than alcohol or barbiturate withdrawal, sudden withdrawal by heavily dependent users who are in poor health is occasionally fatal. In addition, heroin craving can persist years after drug cessation, particularly upon exposure to triggers such as stress or people, places, and things associated with drug use.

Heroin abuse during pregnancy, together with related factors like poor nutrition and inadequate prenatal care, has been associated with adverse consequences including low birthweight, an important risk factor for later developmental delay. If the mother is regularly abusing the drug, the infant may be born physically dependent on heroin and could suffer from serious medical complications requiring hospitalization.

What Treatment Options Exist?

A range of treatments exist for heroin addiction, including medications and behavioral therapies. Science has taught us that when medication treatment is combined with other supportive services, patients are often able to stop using heroin (or other opiates) and return to stable and productive lives.

Treatment usually begins with medically assisted detoxification to help patients withdraw from the drug safely. Medications such as clonidine and buprenorphine can be used to help minimize symptoms of withdrawal. However, detoxification alone is not treatment and has not been shown to be effective in preventing relapse—it is merely the first step. Medications to help prevent relapse include the following:

  • Methadone has been used for more than 30 years to treat heroin addiction. It is a synthetic opiate medication that binds to the same receptors as heroin; but when taken orally, it has a gradual onset of action and sustained effects, reducing the desire for other opioid drugs while preventing withdrawal symptoms. Properly administered, methadone is not intoxicating or sedating, and its effects do not interfere with ordinary daily activities. Methadone maintenance treatment is usually conducted in specialized opiate treatment programs. The most effective methadone maintenance programs include individual and/or group counseling, as well as provision of or referral to other needed medical, psychological, and social services.
  • Buprenorphine is a more recently approved treatment for heroin addiction (and other opiates). Compared with methadone, buprenorphine produces less risk for overdose and withdrawal effects and produces a lower level of physical dependence, so patients who discontinue the medication generally have fewer withdrawal symptoms than those who stop taking methadone. The development of buprenorphine and its authorized use in physicians’ offices give opiate-addicted patients more medical options and extend the reach of addiction medication. Its accessibility may even prompt attempts to obtain treatment earlier. However, not all patients respond to buprenorphine—some continue to require treatment with methadone.
  • Naltrexone is approved for treating heroin addiction but has not been widely utilized due to poor patient compliance. This medication blocks opioids from binding to their receptors and thus prevents an addicted individual from feeling the effects of the drug. Naltrexone as a treatment for opioid addiction is usually prescribed in outpatient medical settings, although initiation of the treatment often begins after medical detoxification in a residential setting. To prevent withdrawal symptoms, individuals must be medically detoxified and opioid-free for several days before taking naltrexone.
  • Naloxone is a shorter-acting opioid receptor blocker, used to treat cases of overdose.
  • For pregnant heroin abusers, methadone maintenance combined with prenatal care and a comprehensive drug treatment program can improve many of the detrimental maternal and neonatal outcomes associated with untreated heroin abuse. Preliminary evidence suggests that buprenorphine may also be a safe and effective treatment during pregnancy, although infants exposed to either methadone or buprenorphine prenatally may still require treatment for withdrawal symptoms. For women who do not want or are not able to receive pharmacotherapy for their heroin addiction, detoxification from opiates during pregnancy can be accomplished with medical supervision, although potential risks to the fetus and the likelihood of relapse to heroin use should be considered.
  • There are many effective behavioral treatments available for heroin addiction—usually in combination with medication. These can be delivered in residential or outpatient settings. Examples are individual or group counseling; contingency management, which uses a voucher-based system where patients earn “points” based on negative drug tests—these points can be exchanged for items that encourage healthy living; and cognitive-behavioral therapy, designed to help modify a patient’s expectations and behaviours related to drug abuse, and to increase skills in coping with various life stressors.

Help at Eden Recovery Centre

Eden Recovery Centre, is beautifully situated in the Kyalami area, North of Gauteng. With the insight into the daily demand of substance abuse, it was a goal to open a sanctuary, where people, on every level would feel welcome and would leave with the results they came for…

A well trained, team of experts will make a significant impact in the life of a recovering addict. A multi-disciplinary approach based on abstinence, patient affirmation, intensive counselling and adherence to structured programs as outlined below: Through Behavioural treatments help engage people in drug abuse treatment, provide incentives for them to remain abstinent, modify their attitudes and behaviours related to drug abuse, and increase their life skills to handle stressful circumstances and environmental cues that may trigger intense craving for drugs and prompt another cycle of compulsive abuse.

Through Cognitive-behavioural, therapy, which consists of a collection of strategies, intended to enhance self-control. Specific techniques include exploring the positive and negative consequences of continued use, self-monitoring to recognize drug cravings early on and to identify high-risk situations for use, and developing strategies for coping with and avoiding high-risk situations and the desire to use. A central element of this treatment is anticipating likely problems and helping patients develop effective coping strategies.

Eden Recovery Centre uses the Twelve-step program which is an active engagement strategy designed to increase the likelihood of a substance abuser becoming affiliated with and actively involved in 12-step self-help groups and, thus, promote abstinence. Three key aspects predominate: acceptance, which includes the realization that drug addiction is a chronic, progressive disease over which one has no control, that life has become unmanageable because of drugs, that willpower alone is insufficient to overcome the problem, and that abstinence is the only alternative; surrender, which involves giving oneself over to a higher power, accepting the fellowship and support structure of other recovering addicted individuals, and following the recovery activities laid out by the 12-step program; and active involvement in 12-step meetings and related activities.

At Eden Recovery Centre, we provide a safe haven for those going through addiction/s rehab. Staffed with kind; dedicated individuals that help client’s get through the withdrawal phase and move on to the rest of their recovery.

A team of highly trained professionals handpicked for Eden Recovery Centre you will find, psychiatrist on call if required, psychologists on call, medical doctors on call, counsellors and other trusted professionals. These experts form an extended family for the recovering addict as they make their way through the rehabilitation process.

Fact Sheet – Cocaine

What Is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant. Powdered cocaine (cocaine hydrochloride, a salt) is known on the street as

  • Coke
  • Snow
  • Flake
  • Blow

Crack cocaine is cocaine that has been processed from cocaine hydrochloride into a rock crystal form that can be smoked. It gets its name from the cracking sound it makes when heated. Crack is sometimes called “rock” or “freebase.”

How Many People Use Cocaine?

The 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that nearly 34 million Americans have used cocaine at some time in their lives.

The same survey estimated the following:

  • About 2 million people in the United States currently use cocaine.
  • Some 2.5 percent of young people ages 12 to 17 reported that they had used cocaine at least one time.
  • Among young adults ages 18 to 25, 16 percent reported using cocaine at least one time.

What Are the Effects of Cocaine?

The immediate psychological effects of cocaine are similar to those of meth and include:

  • Euphoria.
  • Increased energy.
  • Increased talkativeness.
  • Increased mental alertness.
  • Increased sensitivity to sensations of sight, sound, and touch.
  • Increased confidence.
  • Increased feelings of sexual desire.

The immediate physical effects of cocaine include:

  • Constricted blood vessels.
  • Dilated pupils.
  • Increased temperature.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Increased blood pressure.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Decreased sleep.

In rare instances, sudden death can occur with cocaine use, even the first time someone uses the drug. Drinking alcohol with cocaine increases this risk. The liver combines cocaine and alcohol and manufactures a third substance, cocaethylene. Cocaethylene intensifies cocaine’s euphoric effects while increasing the risk of sudden death.

Chronic psychological effects of cocaine use include:

  • Irritability.
  • Depression.
  • Increasing restlessness.
  • Paranoia.
  • Paranoid psychosis with auditory hallucinations.
  • Bizarre and/or violent behavior (with high doses)
  • Damaged ability to feel pleasure without the drug.
  • Exposure to HIV or the hepatitis C virus through reckless, unprotected sex.

Chronic physical effects of meth use include:

  • Disturbances in heart rhythm.
  • Heart attacks.
  • Chest pain.
  • Bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • Respiratory failure.
  • Strokes.
  • Seizures.
  • Headaches.

In addition, loss of appetite over time can lead to significant weight loss and malnutrition. As with meth, the way in which cocaine is used may cause particular problems.

People who regularly inject cocaine may experience:

  • Abscesses (infected sores) at injection sites.
  • Serious allergic reactions.
  • Exposure to HIV and hepatitis C virus.

Regularly snorting cocaine can lead to:

  • Loss of sense of smell.
  • Nosebleeds.
  • Holes in the septum, the cartilage between nostrils.
  • Problems with swallowing.
  • Hoarseness.
  • Overall irritation of the nasal septum leading to a chronically inflamed, runny nose.

Smoking crack cocaine can lead to the same problems as smoking meth:

  • Throat problems.
  • Burned lips.
  • Lung congestion.
  • Severe coughing.
  • Chronic lung disease.

What About Using Cocaine During Pregnancy?

Babies born to mothers who used cocaine during pregnancy may:

  • Be born prematurely.
  • Have low birth weights.
  • Have smaller heads.
  • Be shorter in length.

Babies also may be exposed to HIV or hepatitis if the mother is infected with these viruses. Foetal cocaine exposure does not seem to cause as serious and long-lasting problems as was once thought.

However, as cocaine-exposed children grow up, they may have subtle, yet significant, problems later in life in areas that are important for success in school, such as:

  • Paying attention to tasks.
  • Thinking things through.
  • Learning new information.

Cocaine Addiction

Drug Rehabilitation

The abuse of both illegal and prescription drugs has reached epidemic levels around the world, it seems as though no country is immune from this problem.

It affects people of all ages, races, sexes and financial situation. An addict could just as easily be the working mother who relies on pain killers to get her through the day or the junkie on the street who has a problem with heroin. No matter what the addiction is, there is a drug rehabilitation programme available to help. No one has ever woken up one morning and said to themselves, “I think today I am going to become a drug addict”. The average addict probably started out in one of two ways, for the prescription drug addict it might have started with legitimate use and then blossomed out of control.

For the heroin addict, he may have started off with lesser drugs such as marijuana and moved into the heavier drugs as he looked to keep his high. Either of these cases can receive the help they need to recover in a drug rehabilitation centre. Most drug addicts will tell you that they know that they have a problem, but at the same time they have no way to stop doing what they are doing. The average addict does not have the willpower to put down their drug of choice and walk away, for many this cannot be accomplished without some form of medical intervention during the detoxification period.

Upon checking into an inpatient drug rehabilitation programme, the addict will be given all of the help they need to detoxify safely and suffer the side effects with minimal discomfort. Unless the person is completely sober a drug rehabilitation programme will be very ineffective as the only way to get through to an addict about how much harm their addiction is causing is after they have seen the effects of detoxification up close and personal.

At this time the therapist can work with them to help them understand their addiction, what caused it and then teach them how to overcome it. While in a rehab facility the addict will be taught several very important techniques that are designed to help him stay sober as long as he uses what he has been taught. When it comes to entering a drug rehabilitation facility to get the help needed to overcome an addiction, there is no time like the present. You cannot enter a recovery programme too soon or too late.

However, if you do not enter one at all your chances of overcoming your addiction are very slim. At Eden Recovery you will find one of South Africa’s premier drug and alcohol recover centres. Their staff is dedicated to helping every patient overcome their addiction and then providing them with the training and skills that they will need to be able to go back out into the world sober and ready to face a life free of the addiction that had ruined it before they entered the program.

Drug Rehab

There is nothing quite like the shock that can come with finding out that a member of your family has a drug addiction. In a situation like this you are left with two basic alternatives, you either leave the person to deal with their addiction alone or you find a way to get them into a drug rehab programme. The first option is rather cold hearted and is not going to do a thing to help them get over their addiction.

Drug Abuse Information

If you are going to try and get your loved one into a drug rehab centre, you need to know that the centre you are considering is going to be the best possible place for your loved one to get the help they need. Since chances are fair that you have never had to look for a rehab centre before and the last place you are likely to find one is in your local phone book. You can start by asking others you know who have had a similar problem if they have any recommendations.

Often you will find that those who have seen a loved one go through this type of problem will be able to tell you about the drug rehab programme that they used and what they thought about the programme and the way their loved one was treated. This is a good starting point and will give you a chance to start researching the different facilities to see which ones are worth considering as a treatment centre for your family member.

Drug rehab centers typically have at least one licensed therapist on staff that is there to help those who are addicted to drugs learn how to overcome the mental addiction once they have gone through the detoxification process that is designed to help them get over the physical aspects of their addiction.

You must realize that recovering from a drug addiction is not an easy task and rehab centres must maintain a certain level of control, but at the same time they are not intended to be a prison and as such living conditions should be very similar to living at home. A drug rehab centre should provide healthy meals and medical attention to make sure that the recovering addict has the highest possible chance of success. It should provide scheduled therapy sessions with a fully licensed therapist and group sessions to help each of their patients learn how to begin their new lives free of drugs.

If you have a loved one that is in need of being admitted into a drug rehab centre for help recovering from a drug addiction, you should consider Eden Recovery. Located in Johannesburg and fully registered with the provincial Department of Social Development, they offer space for 25 patients at any one time.

Your loved one will be fed a healthy nutritious diet prepared in their professionally staffed kitchens and receive a full range of therapeutic treatments to ensure that once they have completed their time here, they are ready to begin living a healthy life again.

Drug Addiction

Signs of Drug Addiction

Drug addiction comes in many disguises some of which are easily recognized such as the cocaine addict who has massive mood swings and always seems to be on edge or the heroin addict with needle track marks up and down his arms. On the other side of the coin are those addicts that we see every day, but have no idea that they are addicted to prescription drugs like anti-depressants, pain killers and so on. No matter which side of the addiction cycle you are looking at these people need help.

Most people tend to assume that the person who has the drug addiction problem is the only victim of their poor choice. In reality this is definitely not the case as their addiction will eventually affect their family and friends to some degree. In the beginning stages of a person’s addiction the effects on others are minimal and in most cases go unnoticed.

At this point the addict truly is the only victim as they have done little to actually harm anyone.

As their drug addiction begins to become more acute the person may end up stealing from others to support their habits or become violent when they do not have access to their drug of choice. Many addicts will also turn to crime to support their habits created a long list of collateral victims who have most likely never had anything to do with any type of addiction.

When things get to this stage, it is past time someone stepped up and helped them get the help that they need. In the case of most people with a drug addiction an intervention is the only way that they are likely to get the help they need. Because the majority of addicts do not think that they actually have a problem, they are not going to go willingly into any kind of rehabilitation programme unless they are ordered into one by the courts. An intervention requires a member or members of their immediate family to commit the addict into a residential treatment facility where they can get the care they need.

The goal of a drug addiction treatment programme is to help the person with the drug addiction go through a complete detoxification cycle that will give them time to get the drug they have been addicted to for what can amount to years out of their systems. It is only after this has been allowed to occur that a comprehensive reeducation programme that is designed to teach them how to live without the drugs that have been destroying their lives.

If you have a loved one that has been living with a drug addiction for a part of their lives it is time you took things into your own hands and intervened by committing to the care of Eden Recovery. Here they will have a chance to let their bodies heal and recover from years of drug abuse. Once they have finished the detoxification period, they will be able to work with the staff therapists and start on the long road back to living a healthy and sober life.


Alcoholism has long been discounted as a minor addiction problem. However with the number of alcoholics on the rise at alarming rates, far more attention is being devoted to this devastating problem that has been kept quietly hidden away for years. Many families have at least one alcoholic in their numbers; the problem is that for generations they have hidden the fact away from prying eyes out of shame.

Far from something to be ashamed of, Alcoholism is like any other form of addiction a disease that needs to be treated. At the same time many alcoholics are very successful at hiding their addiction for years and manage to stay fully functional.

Signs of Alcoholism

At some point this ability to remain a functional alcoholic becomes untenable and the person will succumb to his addiction and no longer be able to function in society with the alcohol that has become his drug of choice.

Nobody sets out to become an alcoholic, in most cases it starts off as a few drinks here and there, a little extra on the weekends. This is followed by perhaps a beer or two at lunch, a cocktail before dinner, a couple more before bed.

These are the first stages of Alcoholism and are only a mere indication of what is going to come without some form of intervention. Most alcoholics do not even seem to see what is happening to them, after all they can quit when they want to, right?

What started off as a social habit will eventually become a solo torture. Most alcoholics do their real drinking alone. Sure they might party with their old friends as well, but they leave their real drinking to the times when they are alone. This is probably in the hopes that their friends and family will not see how much they are really drinking and try to step in and separate them from the one thing that seems to be keeping them going, even though it is really killing them.

The biggest problem for most people who suffer with Alcoholism is that they do not think they actually have a problem. Of course if they do not have a problem, then they do not need help. Here is where the family must be prepared to step in and get the alcoholic the help they need to be able to put the bottle down and regain control over their lives. One thing that is certain, if someone does not intervene the Alcoholism will only continue to worsen and will eventually destroy the lives of many people along the way.

Alcoholism is a terrible disease that can sneak up on a person with little warning and takes serious medical and psychological help to overcome. If you have a loved one that is suffering from this dreadful disease, you need to contact Eden Recovery. Here you will find an inpatient treatment facility that understands what your loved one is going through and is dedicated to helping them detoxify and then learn what they must do in order to go back out into the world and maintain a life of sobriety.


Today there are many who could be considered alcoholics, those with a serious addiction to alcohol, and there are many that simply abuse the substance without actually being addicted. In most cases this causes severe problems for the person and for those around him or her. Often alcoholics can spend far too much money on drinking, can become abusive and even violent when under the influence, can put others at risk by driving while intoxicated, and can seriously damage their health in the process. Living with alcoholics can be very difficult if not downright impossible, and in some cases it’s best to remove children especially from such a home.

However there is help available for alcoholics who want to receive and act on that help. These are key points because no one can do the work for them; they can get all the necessary information for how to control their habit, but it’s up to them to use that information properly. Some alcoholics respond quickly to the help given them and do well with weekly meetings but others need more serious help and treatment.

Staying in a rehab facility is often a good choice for alcoholics that cannot control their habit on their own and cannot respond to weekly meetings; this type of facility may include medical treatment for severe addiction and also offers a controlled environment. When alcoholics check into such a facility and do not have alcohol accessible to them, this can make their recovery that much easier.

Those addicts who believe that time in a rehab facility is best for them would do well to speak with a medical doctor first so that he or she can give their best advice. Many doctors know the best facilities in the area, and this may also be a necessary step if one’s medical insurance covers this treatment. There are other choices for alcoholics if they do not have a medical doctor or are looking to find such treatment centres on their own.

When searching for facilities, alcoholics can look online and find many such choices. Some may treat several forms of addiction and some may address this condition specifically. Typically these facilities are much like hospitals and are run by trained medical personnel. They also offer counselling and group therapy so that alcoholics can learn from others in their same situation.

It’s a mistake to think that alcoholics can simply check into such facilities and somehow be “magically” cured of their addiction. It takes a lot of hard work and honesty to overcome and control this habit, and no one can do it for them. Those alcoholics that are looking for an easy fix will be disappointed, but if they’re willing to do the work expected their lives can change drastically.

Being able to control this addiction can mean being in better physical health and can mean restoring one’s family and friendships, and protecting one financially and in other ways was well.

Addiction Rehab

Struggling with the abuse of drugs or alcohol is difficult for everyone, and not just the person that uses these things. Often a person’s friends and family suffer, especially if this person gets violent and unpredictable or uses the family’s resources to support this habit. In many cases, a stay at an addiction rehab facility is the best option for these ones, as it offers the best chance of recovery.

This can be an overwhelming thought to anyone as most people don’t like to leave their own home, and they may worry about what happens at an addiction rehab facility. They may see it as a jail sentence or wonder about the other patients in such a place. In reality, time spent in an addiction rehab facility is meant to help those that have a long history of abusing drugs or alcohol, and they are typically more akin to a hospital setting than some type of jail!

Typically those who spend time in an addiction rehab facility report that it was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made, albeit a difficult one. The time spent there may not be a vacation but it is an opportunity for someone to get the professional help they need to finally break free of their habits.

How do you know when it’s time for an addiction rehab facility? You may assume your habits are not to the point where such a stay is necessary, but how can you be sure?

In some cases the answer is obvious; a person may even need to stay at an addiction rehab facility because of a court order. They may also have lost their home and job and even their family because of their substance abuse, and so of course they should seek treatment and help. But sometimes it may not be so obvious. A stay in an addiction rehab facility may be a choice they will need to make when they’re ready.

A few things to consider about this type of decision is just how your habits are affecting you and your life. Do you become withdrawn, moody, or even violent because of your drug or alcohol use? Then it may be time to seek the help of an addiction rehab facility, especially before tragedy strikes.

Someone that abuses drugs or alcohol to the point where their behavior changes may become physically violent or harm themselves. Seeking help at an addiction rehab facility is best done before this happens, not after! Obviously one’s behavior doesn’t need to reach extremes before a stay at an addiction rehab facility should be considered.

If drug or alcohol use or abuse is negatively impacting your life, and you cannot stop on your own, then it’s time to consider a stay at an addiction rehab facility. Realise that the staff there is used to seeing patients in all stages of addiction, and it’s best to get that help as soon as possible rather than wait until the situation gets worse.