Abusive Relationships

Abusive Relationships

Abusive Relationships You don’t plan to enter into abusive relationships. In fact, many women or men who’ve escaped abusive relationships swear to themselves that they will never get into another one, only to find themselves becoming victims of abuse once again. Sadly, it takes an average of five to seven acts of violence before a[…]

Addiction and Denial

Addiction and Denial – The Dreaded ‘D’ word

Denial will keep you sick… In the early stages of my recovery journey from addiction, I often find myself reflecting on how I could have been so blind to the glaringly obvious problem that I had. Even in the wake of numerous alcohol and drug fueled incidents that had led to the most dire of[…]

Andrew Sullivan's Higher Power Experience

Higher Power Experience so far – Written by Andrew Sullivan

Higher Power Experience I can’t believe in a Higher Power? Can I? – An Ex- Clients View One of my clearest recollections of the first few days in Twin Rivers occurred whilst having breakfast on my very first morning. I was sat with my peer group, taking in my surroundings, when my eye was drawn[…]

Whale watching

Compelling Reasons when choosing an addiction rehab in South Africa

Choosing an addiction rehab in South Africa might sound like an adventurous thing to do if you are coming from a different part of the world. Why would you want to come here if you can find the treatment you need at home? Good question. There are some compelling reasons for why you might want[…]

Addiction and a romantic relationship

The Addiction Break-Up From a Romantic Relationship!

Addiction and a Romantic Relationship The correlation between addiction and a romantic relationship is very realistic. Addiction becomes an addict’s closest most intimate relationship. Addiction becomes the focus above all, the go to and the comfort zone. That’s when I pondered on the thought that going into a treatment centre like Twin Rivers is for[…]

Adult Children of Alcoholics – ACOA

In my work at Twin Rivers Addiction Recovery Center, as the clinical psychologist, I often see clients who are the adult children of alcoholics. The trauma of their childhood history is frequently a precursor for their own battle with addiction to alcohol and drugs. What makes this so devastating, is that these people know first-hand[…]

Registered Nurse in Addiction treatment – The Team Concept

I am often asked about the role of the Medical Doctor and Registered Nurse in Addiction Treatment. Addiction treatment are divided into sub divisional modalities like Psychiatry, Psychology, Physiology and Pathophysiology. Referring to the many different and dynamic fields in the Health Care Profession and Industry. The fields or disciplines mentioned often gets referred to as the multi-disciplinary team, in short just the[…]

The Invisible Line Between Addiction and Enabling

The Invisible Line

As an Addiction Counsellor, I am often faced with the challenge of helping families find the invisible line between being supportive to addiction and enabling. The difference can be vast not only in how they affect the addicts’ chances of recovery, but also the family’s own well-being and sanity. What is enabling? Why is it[…]

People Pleasing

People Pleasing – A Second Hand Life

People Pleasing – It sounds like such a nice, affirming, positive description of an individual who puts the needs of others before themselves. I felt quite warm and fuzzy when my counsellor told me that I was a habitual people pleaser , but that soon changed when they went on to say that it was[…]