July 11, 2018

Introduction to Twin Rivers

An introduction to Twin Rivers Rehab

Twin Rivers Rehab 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 23 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 or social worker, 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 dietitian. Clients are encouraged to do regular exercise, bringing a healthy routine back into their lives.

A typical day at Twin Rivers Rehab begins with a nourishing breakfast and the working 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
  • Individualised assignments
  • Drama & Art Therapy
  • Sport
  • A visit to the gym
  • Art
  • Leisure time on the beach
  • AA and NA meetings in the evenings
  • Films inspired by recovery
  • Outings fortnightly
  • Braai’s on Saturday

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 and aftercare treatment phases.

International clients – United Kingdom

Twin Rivers Rehab 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 support 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.

Adrian Rooke, who operates out of Bristol City, is an experienced therapist who will assess each client needs either telephonically or in a private meeting. Clients who are referred to Twin Rivers through Adrian is 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.

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 Briskham – Twin Rivers Director, Interventionist and UK Accredited Addictions Counsellor

+44(0)79 503 16218 – Adrian Rooke – Accredited Specialist in Drug and Alcohol Addiction