SPECIALISTS IN WORKING with ADDICTION DISORDERS – PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA – DUAL DIAGNOSIS – DEPRESSION – CODEPENDENCY – SERIAL RELAPSERS & ‘RECOVERY RENEWAL’ PROGRAMMES
Addiction Recovery & Self-Development Centre – South Africa
Twin Rivers is a family based rehabilitation centre located in the picturesque and tranquil Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. Founded by addiction treatment specialists David Briskham and his wife Caroline – boasting over 30 years of addiction recovery experience between them – Twin Rivers is the manifestation of a vision to create a facility that takes a unique approach to the holistic treatment of addiction.
Twin Rivers has been designed from the ground up to provide personalised care, and it’s this philosophy that separates it from most other rehabilitation facilities. No more than 12 clients are admitted at any one time, ensuring that each client can be treated with the utmost attention and care. It’s this approach that enables us to work successfully with clients who repeatedly relapse, as well as with ‘Cluster B’ anti-social type clients.
Much thought and planning went into the location and design of the Twin Rivers facility, as we feel this is an essential aspect of the client experience, and thus their successful treatment. Plettenberg Bay is located on the Garden Route, an area world famous for its beauty and serenity. The town is bordered by long sandy beaches and there are a huge variety of activities and attractions nearby. We believe that a professional rehabilitation facility should invite its clients to relax and forget the world outside in order to fully embrace their treatment, and Twin Rivers is the manifestation of that vision.
Our dedicated team is unified in our vision to introduce clients to an improved way of thinking that will positively impact their behaviour, leading towards a more constructive and meaningful life. We pride ourselves in the quality and efficacy of our program and base everything we do on our basic tenets of total professionalism, compassion and individualised care.
For a refreshing and innovative approach to addiction treatment, contact us at Twin Rivers rehabilitation centre now.
Addiction does not simply disappear; It’s within you, but it sleeps
By working the 12 step recovery programme you may develop the ability to choose whether to wake it up or not!
Addiction is a physical compulsion coupled with a mental obsession with an external force (toxic substance, person, place or thing!) being the focus. Because it attacks from these two fronts, it is an extremely hard problem to deal with. The disease has signs & symptoms, is progressive, incurable and fatal, but can be arrested at almost any stage. Some people can be successful social drinkers for years, and then – literally overnight, become alcoholic. Others are addicted from their very first experience.
The pattern of addiction applies to ALL known addictions; alcohol, codependency, gambling, shopping, sex, food etc.
A ‘drug/obsessive behaviour is consumed/carried out‘ and creates a desirable, enjoyable effect and is repeated because of the desired ‘need’ for the effect to be repeated. The brain builds a tolerance to the substance, so it takes more drugs or dangerous behaviour each time to achieve the same desired effect. As addiction takes a firm grip the original sensations are constantly pursued yet are never truly achieved again!
The brain becomes “used” to the substance and creates triggers when the substance is not used to turn the persons attention towards it (cravings). Within a short period of time the person is spending more time preoccupied with the drug/behaviour therefore slowing down mental and emotional growth as these thought patterns become deeply entrenched and consume the individual constantly. The brain also sends out physical indicators when the drug is not being used (sweating, shaking), known as withdrawals. These physical symptoms are caused by a release of chemicals that occurs while the drug is being used, especially in the case of CNS (Central Nervous System) depressants such as alcohol. The drug is depressing the CNS, so the brain counteracts with “stimulants” in an attempt to achieve balance. When the consumption of the drug is suddenly stopped, the brain is continuing to produce these chemicals at high concentrations which effectively send the body and brain into ‘overload’ causing seizures that can be severe enough to cause death. Alcohol is one of the most dangerous drugs to withdraw from which is why detoxification must be medically supervised.
Because the sufferer is caught between the states of either being under the influence, recovering from the last consumption or thinking about the next one, their lives and the lives of all those around them become severely affected/unmanageable. High absenteeism from employment due to intoxication/associated physical illness and the expense of the substance/obsession leads to loss of work, social standing, financial security, self-esteem, and in some cases leads to total isolation. This sparks off a whole series of problems within the addict and their family. If the person is approached by a loved one about the problem, this can create strong aggressive defensive reaction.
If the drug is illegal, usage creates a network of people around the sufferer who are in the same situation to ensure a constant supply. Because substances sometimes cost a great deal of money, the person learns the “tricks of the trade” to procure it, often prostitution and theft. What would have at one stage been considered as ‘insanity’ by the addict slowly becomes an acceptable daily norm as this network of other addicts begins to play a bigger role in their life.
Because most drugs decrease inhibition and impair areas of the brain which control aggression and memory, incidents occur whilst under the influence which would be considered out of character for the person. As periods of intoxication increase, so do the incidents. As the impairment to these areas of the brain increase, the incidents may become more violent and possibly psychotic. Addiction has nothing positive to offer at all yet grips millions of addicts worldwide!
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