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Our Programme 

Each person is unique, as is their addiction. An Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) is formulated for every client. This ITP focuses on all maladaptive mechanisms and forms the framework for each client’s personal rehabilitation and development. ITP’s are comprised of specific programme components, designed to holistically treat the physical, psychological, behavioural and spiritual aspects of addiction.  


Whilst the acclaimed AA and NA 12 Step programmes form a core element of treatment at SCRC, the ITP can also be developed to meet specific needs. The 12 Steps guide individuals on a journey of change, whilst teaching about important spiritual principles.


SCRC facilitates a number of different group formats to address the multi-layered problems associated with addiction. All groups promote participation and development, and are facilitated by members of our trained therapeutic team.

These groups include the following:

Feelings Groups, SWOT Groups, House Processing Groups, Gender Groups, Collateral Groups, Eating Disorder Groups, Sexual Addiction Groups, and 12 Step Meetings. 


We encourage family members to spend time with us in the sanctity of the SCRC environment and to engage in family meetings as well as mediated ‘conjoint’ counselling sessions with their loved one in treatment. We also welcome family members periodic participation in the SCRC programme to gain a greater understanding of the treatment process. Family members can assist recovery by providing collateral information pertaining to the client’s addiction. This is used therapeutically to raise awareness and break denial. SCRC remains in regular contact with the family throughout treatment. Families are able to arrange home visits once a client has achieved certain milestones in recovery (this is at the discretion of our Counselling Team).  Family members are urged to participate in their own journey of recovery and attend support groups, such as Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and HEAL.


Education and training empowers our residents with the knowledge and skills required to effectively understand and manage themselves in recovery. This training is practically applied within the therapeutic community and modelled in group therapy sessions. Our educational programme is extensive and includes lectures, activities and practical tasks to consolidate learning.

Our annual Addiction Treatment & Recovery Seminars ensure the transfer of this critical information to the families and supporters of our clients. 


Adopting a preventative mindset with regards to relapse is a vital component of successful, sustained recovery.

To this end, a personalised Relapse Prevention Plan is a pre-requisite for graduation from all our programmes. A Life-Plan and Warning Signs document are additional pre-requisites for graduation from our 3 month and Long-Term programmes. In Long-Term treatment, 2-3 weeks is dedicated solely to the careful construction of these documents. 

Relapse Prevention Plans and Life Plans are prepared with assistance from our therapeutic team, and in conjunction with the family.

They focus on:

  • routine
  • goal-setting
  • balanced living
  • drug-testing 
  • accountability
  • recovery conditions
  • consequences
  • safe re-integration into society
  • use of support structures

Throughout the treatment process, Relapse Prevention training is also provided by our therapeutic team.


Addressing underlying issues and associated disorders is of critical importance in the treatment of addiction. To this end, SCRC offers a variety of specialised programmes.

Our Drug Of Choice In-House Programmes have been carefully designed to address the idiosyncratic behaviours, thought processes and beliefs related to that particular drug of choice.

Alongside this, SCRC also offers Behavioural and Trauma In-House Programmes, which focus on underlying and co-occuring issues. The following In-House Programmes are available: Eating Disorders, Body-Image, Self-Esteem, Anger Management, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sexual Offenders, Co-Dependency, Self-Harm, Gaming and Gambling, 


The multi-disciplinary therapeutic team at SCRC is comprised of counselling psychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, addiction counsellors, registered nurses, a sessional psychiatrist and a sessional general practitioner. At all times, residents have access to the support, guidance, love and discipline of every member of the therapeutic team, each of whom have their own specific areas of expertise. This ensures a wide range of therapeutic styles and interventions throughout the treatment process.

A primary counsellor is assigned to each resident for regular individual counselling, which takes the forms of cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, motivational interviewing, task allocation, mediation, problem solving and goal setting.

On arrival at SCRC, a Medical Intake Assessment is conducted as well as Initial Psychological and Risk Assessments. This screening process indicates the most appropriate initial primary counsellor, who will then conduct further psychosocial interviews to identify multiple areas for therapeutic intervention. Further psychological support is available in the form of MCMI III assessments, personality assessments, aptitude tests, cognitive assessments and career guidance.


Our experienced social workers are available to assist with Postponement of Order applications, previous or current court proceedings, criminal charges and child interventions that may have arisen out of active addiction.


Physical health is imperative in recovery, as it assists in improving self-esteem and alleviating the symptoms of associated mood disorders. Most of our residents arrive in treatment under-nourished and in poor health. To ensure physical rehabilitation, time is allocated within the daily programme for compulsory exercise. Residents can make use of our gym facilities, under the guidance of our qualified Fitness Instructor. We also focus on good nutrition, ensuring that our residents’ food intake is healthy and balanced.


We live by Christian principles and believe that a relationship with God is a fundamental aspect of recovery. Although we do not enforce our own theology on others or judge other belief systems, we do strongly encourage our clients to explore their spirituality and establish a Higher Power of their own understanding. Church, as well as Praise & Worship, is an optional component of our programme.

Addiction is the only prison where the locks are on the inside.

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