Our expert says:
The starting point is realise that you are not alone,Candy. The tragic thing is that addiction to alcohol and other substances affects millions of South African, and that for each addict/alcohlic, a minimum of 7 people suffer along with the, just like you are.
Treatment is available for your mother, and she has as much chance as anyone to recover. What she needs is the right kind of treatment. Unfortunately, government hospitals, with the best of intentions, are not specialised in treating alcoholism; treatment must me ongoing and supported.
Harmony Addictions Clinic bases its treatment on the Hazelden Model, recognised universally as the most effective model of treatment for addictive disorders in the world. we regularly fly to the States to workshop with them around bringing this model to South Africa. A key part of treatment is the introduction to support groups which the individual needs to attend on an ongoing basis.
It is never easy to confront an alcoholic and get them into treatment. Some may kick and scream and yet secretly they've been waiting for help for a very long time! Others may refuse outright. what you need is professional guidance and possible assistance in getting your mother into treatment.
Harmony Addictions Clinic offers free consultations to people concerned about someoné's addiction problem, and if necessary, we offer an interventions service as well, which is structured
confrontation of the addict, with a choice options. This is guided by a counsellor with family and friends present.
This approach has proven very effective, and our specialists recently returned from further training in the States and use the most effective techniques as a result.
Call us on 021 790 7779 to find out how we can help. Ask for Nicholas
Director of Admissions
Harmony Addictions Clinic
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