An introduction to Twin Rivers Addiction Recovery Centre
By Lida-Marie Saayman
Twin Rivers Addiction Recovery Centre is based in a quiet suburb in the picturesque town of Plettenberg Bay. Here successful recovery unfolds in the safe, professional environment of the licensed treatment centre, founded by David and Caroline Briskham in March 2011.
With over 22 years of continuous recovery from alcohol, drugs, gambling and co-dependency, David is living proof of the triumphs of sustainable recovery that Twin Rivers Rehab strives to offer to all who enters their doors.
Through the astonishing work done here, life free from the perils of addiction has been introduced to local South Africans, Africans, British, European, Middle Eastern, American and Asian clients.
David trained at Broadway Lodge in Western-super-Mare, UK, the longest operating addictions treatment centre in Europe. Working alongside him on staff are trained addiction counsellors, a full time registered nurse, as well as a professional psychologist, trained in addiction, mental health and crucially, dual-diagnosis disorders. Twin Rivers employs the services of a night nurse, so that there are always equipped personnel on staff. Wholesome food is served at regular meal times from a menu that has been endorsed by a dietician. Clients are encouraged to do daily exercise, bringing a healthy routine back into their lives.
A typical day at Twin Rivers Rehab begins with a gorgeous walk down to the beach, where clients can have a dip in the sea, or just enjoy the glorious view. Thereafter a nourishing breakfast is served and the days are split into various activities including:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Step work – Twin Rivers uses the 12 steps, which is an essential part of recovery
- Individual writing work
- A visit to the gym
- Leisure time on the beach
- AA and NA meetings in the evenings
- Films inspired by recovery
- Outings on the weekends
- Braai’s on Sundays
Everything Twin Rivers puts in place is there to provide the recovering addict or alcoholic with significant support. Twin Rivers gives the client the tools and time to reflect on the lives they lived in active addiction, and a taste of life free from addiction.
Twin Rivers treats each client as an individual and caters to each person’s needs in order to provide them with the best help they can possibly receive. There is no set-time to how long a client spends at Twin Rivers; this is a process that is reviewed based on the progress the client makes. Twin Rivers offers primary, extended primary, secondary and aftercare treatment phases.
International clients – the UK
Twin Rivers has opened up a world of recovery by providing accessibility to the rehab through its consultants in the UK.
These consultants assist with enquiries from clients and their families, and supports them every step of the way, from the moment contact is made. Families are counselled if and when an intervention is needed and is supported in this prospect. Families can choose to have a loved one safely chaperoned to and from Twin Rivers. Safe medical detoxification is also discussed and put into action.
Chris Sharpe, operating out of Birmingham and Adrian Rooke, who operates out of Bristol City, are experienced therapists who will assess each clients needs either telephonically or in a private meeting. Clients who are referred to Twin Rivers through Chris and Adrian are encouraged to continue working with them, upon their return to the UK. This takes place in the form of individual and group therapy sessions. This is a vital part of recovery, as the early stages of integrating back into life, after leaving the safe confounds of the inpatient facility, leaves the client at their most vulnerable. Therefore again, the use of a chaperone is of paramount value for the flights to and from South Africa, where the recovering addict or alcoholic, is immediately back in an atmosphere where substances – in the form of alcohol especially – is easily available.
Chris Sharpe is a recovering alcoholic with over 20 years of continuous sobriety. He joined the Twin Rivers team in 2016 as the lead UK therapist. Chris gained extensive experience through his time at the Addiction Treatment Unit of the Woodbourne Priory Hospital in Birmingham, where he worked for more than ten years as the programme manager. Since 2010 he works from his private practice as one of the few independent addiction therapists in the Birmingham area.
Adrian Rooke is over 26 years clean of alcohol and has over 20 years experience as a solution-focused counselling practitioner and supervisor, working with clients with issues related to drug, alcohol and gambling addiction. He also offers family therapy, couples counselling and group therapy.
Get in touch
+27(0)82 863 3159 – David Briskam – Twin Rivers Director, Interventionist and UK Accredited Addictions Counsellor
+44(0)79 503 16218 – Adrian Rooke – Accredited Specialist un Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Family Therapy Counsellor, and Counselling Supervision