Twin Rivers Rehab – Authentic Psychological Care
David Briskham +27(0)828 633 159-Clinical Director
Richard Saunders +27(0)722 789 193-Head of Treatment
Finding and choosing the right rehabilitation centre can be quite a challenging process for those who carry with them a history of substance abuse.
Twin Rivers successes are attributed to ‘keeping it simple’ and not complicating our programme in order to address the complexities of addiction and mental health. We have found results to be much better by following a few simple recovery guidelines that are underpinned by compassion, respect and patience with all our clients.
- Twin Rivers staff all adhere to codes of ethics and practices ensuring we work within appropriates boundaries regarding confidentiality and client care
- Twin Rivers Director has been in recovery for over 24 years and assists Twin Rivers Head of Treatment in the management of the rehab
- Twin Rivers operates as a multi-disciplinary team working closely together to ensure positive outcomes for clients
- All clients are counselled by a Clinical Social Worker-Social Worker-Addictions Counsellor & a Step-Work Counsellor
- Twin Rivers works with a maximum of 12 clients at any one time affording each client personal and supportive attention
- Clients may all suffer from addiction and mental health disorders but all clients are ‘UNIQUE’ and treated as such
- The principle focus is on individual and group therapy as well as the processing of each clients assignment work
- The only rehab in South Africa with pets on site who also assist in settling clients in who may well be missing their own pets
- Twin Rivers employs an on-site cook who prepares all the clients meals. Halal and Kosher food available
- Twin Rivers offers all potential clients an opportunity to talk with an ex-client pre-admission
- Twin Rivers has an NPC (Not Profit Company), The Dragonfly Foundation is managed by Mazars Accountants- https://www.mazars.co.za/ -which generates funds to assist addicts with limited finance
Avoid Impulsive Decisions
Understandably, rehab choices are often made very quickly in order to get the client into treatment quickly before they change their mind! Interestingly, clients and family members ask very few questions and when they do ask the focus generally seems to be about the level of comfort, quality of the food and exercise!
Questions You Should Ask
- Is the rehab registered with the South African Board of Healthcare Funders and The South African Department of Social Development
- What process is undertaken to address my loved one’s individual needs?
- What experience and qualifications do the staff have, please explain your staff roles?
- Does the rehab engage in ‘outreach’ work or purely for profit?
- What are the policies and procedures regarding a clients challenging anti-social behaviour?
- What are the policies and procedures regarding a change in medication?
- What are your policies and procedures regarding personal electronics such as i-pads-laptops and cell phones?
- Is the rehab non-denominational? What are the rehabs view on religion?
- How often can I have contact with the client?
- Are clients supervised on and off-site at all times?
- What makes you unique compared to other rehabs?
Should the Addict/Client be Involved in the Choice of Rehab?
It is surprising how many families allow the client to choose a rehab. Your typical addict/alcoholic will have caused years of chaos and suddenly, because they have asked for help they’re permitted to sit down and thumb through a selection of rehabs! Does this make complete sense to you? I can understand the desire to placate the more controlling/aggressive addict but it is important to take a level of control or enlist the assistance of an interventionist. Remember, you will have been manipulated many, many times before and it’s important to take control and arrange an admission with a rehab that you feel comfortable with. It’s a difficult time for everyone concerned and you do not want to wait until rehab number five before you take control! If a loved one is clearly ungrateful and ‘sulky’ I assure you this is probably fear and shame-based and in time they will come to appreciate what you have done.
It’s our job at Twin Rivers to assist and support the angry, sulky client who is scared just as it’s our job to assist the happy over confident client who is thrilled to be with us! These are the common extremes which are the client’s way of trying to cope in stressful times.
Unregistered Treatment Centres & Halfway Houses
Unfortunately, there is a vast number of illegal pop-up rehabs and halfway houses all over the world and because clients and their families do not engage in due diligence end up supporting rehabs who have poorly trained staff, basic programmes and are focused on profit ahead of client care. Obtaining a rehab licence is not easy and the South African Department of Social Development implemented stringent new requirements last year that had to be met before licence renewal. Twin Rivers was permitted one year to complete the new implementations which we managed to do in good time.
David is the Clinical and Development Director of Twin Rivers Rehab in South Africa and a UK Accredited Addictions Therapist with the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals UK. Articles/Blogs are written with the assistance of researchers and other specialists in the field of addiction and the recovery process