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Sustance Abuse Treatment Centre in South Africa


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"Addiction is not a choice; sobriety is."

PRC Recovery Centre is a registered rehabilitation centre for the prevention of and treatment for substance abuse. As one of the best rehab centres in South Africa for addiction treatment that specializes in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, our goal is to help clients achieve and maintain abstinence from alcoholism and drug addiction.


Our affordable addiction treatment programme includes spiritual, emotional, intellectual growth and physical well-being. An individually tailored evidence-based therapy plan is designed for each client to examine and include the many different approaches and modalities to substance abuse rehabilitation in South Africa.


The combined approach to alcohol treatment and drug rehabilitation at PRC Recovery enables every individual to gain a new perspective and way of life. This approach has proven to be effective well beyond the initial recovery phase. Should you need more information please contact us or watch our videos to find out more about who we are and what we do.







What makes PRC Recovery one of the best rehab centres in South Africa? 


The founders started PRC Recovery Centre to afford families the same gift they had been blessed with. It started 6 years ago when they personally started the journey of recovery.

Learn more about them and the people making this dream a reality in helping addicts recover.



The biggest constraint to substance abuse rehabilitation in South Africa is finding an affordable rehab for your loved one. 


We recognise that not everyone is fortunate to have their loved one admitted to the "best rehab centre" until now. We urge you to give us a call. We believe that we're the closest thing you'll get, at the most affordable prices you can imagine. 

Take a look and compare us to some of the best rehabs in South Africa and if we still can't help you we will help you find you an alternative avenue to recovery.  Our intent is to ensure the best possible outcome for your loved one.






Short Term Rehab Centres South Africa


Our 21-day residential addiction treatment program identifies the problem and then offers the solution. Primary treatment is recommended for people who've admitted that they have a problem and have some understanding of addiction with/out prior treatment.

Short term addiction treatment provides intensive in-patient rehabilitation options for substance abuse. PRC Recovery uses a clinically combined evidence-based therapy 12 step recovery program combined with life and recovery coaching to facilitate the journey.

Medical aids pay for 21 days of substance abuse rehabilitation in South Africa. PRC also extends this cover to secondary programmes. Contact us to find out about affordability and co-payment structures.

Residential Addiction Treatment Centre South Africa


Our 7-week intensive in-patient drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme concentrates on the content and structure of effective rehabilitation of substance abuse and provides a complete and holistic view of alcohol and drug abuse treatment and recovery.

Long term rehabs not only focuses on abstinence but also addresses related areas of impaired functioning. PRC Recovery makes referrals for needed supplemental medical and psychiatric care, and also assist with employment-related issues.

Long term rehabilitation is recommended for people who often need substance withdrawal management or a dual-diagnosis treatment centre. Contact us for more information and how we can help.


Long term rehabs in South Africa extend to Tertiary when the intended treatment is for 3 months or longer.


Activities are designed to help adopt new, more harmonious and constructive ways to interact with others. It addresses related areas of functioning such as employment status, illegal activity, and family/social relations that offer more comprehensive services.

Long term rehabilitation in South Africa focuses on complete re-socialisation. Treatment remains structured and often become confrontational when delving deeper into damaging beliefs, self-concepts, and destructive patterns of behaviour caused by relapse, recurrence, and the psychosocial or pharmacological treatment for addiction.



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Alcohol is the most commonly abused psychoactive substance in our society. Find out more about alcoholism. 

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Drugs include a wide variety of substances that are abused. This includes recreational, hardcore and prescription medication.

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Sex and love addiction is described as sexual dependency, hypersexuality, and compulsive sexual behaviour

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Gambling addiction is a progressive disorder harmful to both someone’s psychological and physical health.

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Food addiction typically involves binge eating behaviours, cravings, and a lack of control around food.


The Minnesota model has proven itself effective in the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction in South Africa and worldwide through the application of the 12 step recovery program.

Our philosophy is built upon the success of the AA / NA 12 step recovery program with integrative evidence-based therapy, and life coaching.

Addiction is a family disease and family involved participation is a critical element to ensure long term recovery success.







The stigma of addiction comes from it being perceived as a moral failing, a choice. Addiction is not a choice, sobriety is. Addiction is a disease and addicts receive immense judgement instead of sympathy. Addiction does not discriminate and no one plans on becoming addicted. PRC Recovery will help you understand the disease of addiction and help you to find a new way to live, free from substance abuse and dependence.


Choose PRC Recovery for affordable substance abuse treatment at one of the best rehabs in South Africa. PRC Recovery Centre is a registered short and long term rehab centre in South Africa. Our staff are exceptionally well qualified in helping alcoholics and drug addicts find sobriety throughout their recovery.


Finding drug rehab centres in South Africa is a daunting task in itself. Even if getting sober on your own is possible, it’s staying sober that most people need help with. There is no need to suffer in addiction all alone. If you cannot afford treatment, contact us. PRC Recovery is an affordable rehab centre in South Africa. Let us help you.


Substance abuse rehab centres are crucial in the fight against drug and alcohol abuse in South Africa. Alcohol and drugs destroy relationships, families and communities. Everyone affected by this pandemonium lives in constant fear of not knowing what’s going to happen to their loved one or to themselves. Call us if you need help.


Choose the best rehab centre in South Africa. Compare the effectiveness of the available rehabilitation options for substance abuse in South Africa for yourself. We’ve helped more than 100 families at our rehab centre in Mpumalanga with our comprehensive map to the journey of recovery that's enlightening, inspiring and practical.


Frequently asked questions

What is Addiction?

Addiction is an illness. People from all backgrounds can become addicted. No one plans on becoming addicted. However, it is apparent that the brain chemistry changes after continuous use in a way that it disrupts the normal function of a person. It affects the neural functioning of the brain’s reward system. So one will compulsively and repetitively indulge in the behaviour despite negative consequences. Psychologically the person is driven by the emotional ‘high’ making it hard to stop despite the harmful consequences.

How do I know if I am addicted?

Addiction, or now more commonly referred to as Substance Use Disorder, is classified by the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, 5th Edition) as a complex disease which affects the functioning of the brain and body through chronic use of substances resulting in an inability to stop the habitual use physically or psychologically. To determine whether you have a substance abuse problem we need to look at the following criteria that determine a substance use disorder:

  1. There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful effort to cut down or control the use of the substance.
  2. Recurrent use of the substance failing to fulfil major role obligations at work, school, or home.
  3. Continued use of the substance despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of its use.
  4. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of the use of the substance.
  5. Recurrent use of the substance in situations in which it is physically hazardous.
  6. Use of the substance is continued despite the knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance.
  7. The substance is taken to relieve or avoid the withdrawal symptoms.
  8. The substance is often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than what was intended.
  9. A need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication or desired effect.
  10. Cravings or urges to use the substance.
  11. Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from the substance.
To be diagnosed with a substance use disorder, you need to meet 2 or more of these criteria within 12 months. If you answered yes to 2 or 3 of the above, it is considered mild. 4 – 5 yes answers is considered moderate. Answering 6 or more as yes, it is considered severe.

What are the stages of alcoholism?

  1. Pre-Alcoholic - Occasional relief drinking. It makes you feel better about yourself, helps with worrying or make you forget about something troubling you.
  2. Early Alcoholic - Onset of memory blackouts and excessive drinking. You start obsessing over the next drink and possibly lying about the amount you’ve been drinking or denying that you have been drinking.
  3. Middle Alcoholic - This is a more obvious stage that you have a problem with alcohol. Your mood is affected and you might have more noticeable physical signs of alcohol abuse.
  4. Late Alcoholic - Drinking has now consumed your life and is affecting your health and relationships. Trying to stop may result in physical withdrawal symptoms.
  5. Recovery - This is when most people seek help. Once stabilized through detoxification, treatment starts and the maintenance phase of your recovery takes place.
Even if this is an illustration of alcoholism, it depicts the stages for most substances that are commonly abused. Understanding that early intervention is crucial to illuminate the chances of severe addiction. Contact us before the problem becomes more severe.

What are the common misconceptions about addiction?

  1. That addiction is merely a bad habit and you can choose to stop. Addiction is a disease, not a moral failing. No one decides to become addicted. Many people who have used drugs recreationally or drink can do so without becoming dependant on it. Read more about what addiction is.
  2. An addict is a junkie and lives on the streets. Many people are high functioning members of society despite having a substance use disorder.
  3. Alcohol is not as bad as illicit drugs. Because alcohol is socially acceptable, the consequences of alcoholism is just as real as any other substance user.
  4. My doctor prescribed my drugs so it can’t be harmful. Numerous types of medication have the potential of becoming physically and psychologically addictive. Read more on prescription medication addiction.
  5. Addiction is about drugs and alcohol. Process addiction or behavioural addiction is more common than one would think. Read more on process addiction.
There is no better time to get help than now, no matter the severity of the addiction.

Why do I need help with my addiction?

Trying to go into recovery can be daunting in itself. Though getting sober on your own is possible, it is staying sober that most people need help with.

  1. After years of substance abuse, your brain chemistry changes in a way that disrupts the normal function of a person’s decision-making process, inhabitations and risk vs. reward analysis.
  2. Psychological and social factors are often powerful stimuli for substance abuse relapse.
  3. Supervised detoxification helps with withdrawal symptoms and could be dangerous.
  4. Confronting life on your own is not easy.
There is no need to suffer alone. If you cannot afford treatment, contact us for a referral to state-funded institutions in your area or join a support group like Narcotics Anonymous or Alcoholics Anonymous. Help is always available, contact us today.

Where to get help for addiction?

Addiction statistics are alarming; 1 in 12 people suffer from some type of substance use disorder of which only 10% seek help for their addiction. People struggling with addiction are urged to seek treatment and courts often mandate inpatient or outpatient care. The sad reality is that many addicts are sceptical whether rehab does work or they rely on themselves to quit. Denial is the biggest stumbling block for people with addiction and the next is the cost of rehabilitation and the time needed to get away from it all to recover. Many registered and affordable rehab facilities in South Africa are also registered with medical aid companies and accept medical aid and will help you with the authorisation process. Getting help for addiction is as simple as 1, 2, 3;

  1. Call or email PRC Recovery Centre - Speak to a friendly trained admissions coordinator who’ll answer all your questions about the treatment approach and costs. If you commit to recovery they will help you with the next steps in the process. Contact details for PRC Recovery Centre: Phone: +27 (81) 246-7452 or Email:
  2. Verify your medical aid benefits - PRC Recovery Centre will assist you with all the pre-admissions for your medical aid. We will verify your medical aid benefits with your health insurance company and provide you with the pre-authorisation and date of admission.
  3. Fill out an online application or speak to a qualified screening professional - Each person admitted to PRC Recovery is screened to meet pre-qualifying criteria for admission into treatment. You could complete our online application or speak to a qualified representative who will conduct a telephonic evaluation before admission. An email with all pre-admission documentation will be sent before your arrival to make the admission as easy as possible.

Why choose PRC Recovery?

Like you, many other families are faced with the challenge of finding a treatment centre for their loved one and this is a very daunting task for most of them. We hope that through our experience of helping 100s of families we can also help you through this step. There is a lot to take in when dealing with addiction. But what are the key factors to consider?

  • Registered Centre – All checks are in place and you are assured that we comply with legislation to provide a safe environment for your loved one.
  • Individualised Program – We do not use a “one-size-fits-all approach”. We individualise each person’s treatment plan and is discussed in one-on-one counselling sessions. We believe in therapy and we are not a working rehab.
  • Family Integration – We do not only work with your loved one, family participation is an extremely important component in our program.
  • Aftercare Plan – It’s hard work to overcome drug or alcohol use. But the intention is staying clean. The aftercare is crucial to maintain sobriety.

Does PRC Recovery accept medical aids?

PRC Recovery accepts most medical aids and will assist you with your claims from pre-admission to completion. You simply supply your medical aid details and we will do the rest for you. We also extend your medical aid cover to provide the best possible treatment option for your loved one extending either to 3 months or 6 months depending on your plan and medical aid tariffs. Contact us for more information and co-payment options.

What does Rehab do?

The main priority for someone new in treatment is to identify the denial aspect of their addiction. This process varies from person to person and can take time to work through. Through our individualised treatment plan each client is guided through several assignments, group and individual therapy sessions to arrive at the point of admitting defeat over their addiction. By working through a clinically integrated 12 step recovery program each individual can again regain perspective over their addiction and learn the essential life skills required to beating addiction. Aftercare is an essential component that ensures long-term rehabilitation.

How do I choose a treatment centre?

Admittedly numerous treatment centres pop up on search engines but what are the key factors when choosing which one to go to? The important factor to hold onto is that you’ve taken a big step already. Here is a checklist of factors to consider when choosing a treatment centre:

  1. Is the rehab registered? Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Centres in South Africa have to be registered with the Department of Social Development. Registration ensures that the rehab facility complies with the relevant health standards, staff qualification requirements, treatment centre management practices, medical care conditions and cheap labour exploitation prohibitions.
  2. Does the rehab provide detoxification? Legislation dictates that severe opioid, alcohol and benzodiazepine withdrawal has to be supervised by medical professionals. Rehab centres have to be specifically registered for detox or detox off-site.
  3. What groups and counselling sessions does the rehab provide? Best practices for therapeutic groups and one-on-one counselling recommends that groups consist of at least 9 clinical hours per week and one-on-one counselling should at least provide 1 hour with a counsellor and 30 minutes with a social worker per week.
  4. What qualifications does the rehab staff have? Reviewing the qualification requirements of treatment staff ensures that the clinical staff consists of someone with a minimum degree in psychology with a qualified social worker and registered medical personnel.
  5. Does the rehab offer dual-diagnosis treatment? Treating co-occurring disorders had to be confirmed by a qualified medical professional if not previously diagnosed. Treatment needs to take into consideration both disorders and has to be treated by qualified staff.
  6. Is the rehab a working rehab or therapeutic rehab? Legislation dictates no more than 4 hours per day of physical labour which includes duties and activities.
  7. Does the rehabs staff in recovery meet the minimum legislative requirements? Legislation for staff in rehabs prohibits staff with less than 3 years clean time to be counsellors.
  8. Does the rehab have a refund policy? Some facilities do not refund upfront payments for total treatment costs if the client absconds or is expelled.
  9. Does the rehab offer family sessions? Depending on the program length but at least 1 formal family session and 1 formal progress report per month.
  10. Does the rehab offer an aftercare plan and/or relapse prevention program? What does the aftercare plan entail and what is the families participation in continued support. Does the aftercare entail support groups?
  11. Does the rehab have a re-admission policy for absconding or expulsions? If a client is expelled or leaves the program before recommended discharge, what is the re-admission policy of the facility?
  12. Is the facility a faith-based rehab? Faith-based rehabs often do not treat addiction as an illness which may impede the treatment of underlying causes.
  13. What type of 12 step program does the rehab facility offer? The most common twelve-step programs include Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery. Find out which type of program the rehab offers and what aftercare support is available after treatment.

What are my constitutional rights in treatment?

  1. The right nor to be deprived of freedom arbitrarily or without just cause, clause 12(1)
  2. The right to not be treated or punished in a cruel, inhumane or degrading way clause 12 (1)
  3. The right not to be subjected to forced labour, clause 13 and unfair practises clause 23
  4. The right of bodily and psychological integrity clause 12(2)
  5. The right to freedom of religious belief and opinion, clause 15
  6. The right to freedom of expression clause 16
  7. The right to basic education, clause 29
  8. The right to equality, equal protection and benefit before the law, clause 9(l)

What are my health rights in treatment?

  1. The right to dignified and humane treatment and care
  2. The right to have access to treatment services, state facilities and subsidised facilities, irrespective of the client's ability to pay
  3. The right to effective communication in a language and manner that clients understand
  4. The right to reasonable expectations in terms of the range of services offered and the quality of care provided
  5. To the right to local availability services
  6. The right to exercise choice and guide treatment through informed consent
  7. Freedom from discrimination in terms of inequitable access to treatment
  8. The right to privacy and confidentiality
  9. The right to appropriate treatment and medication
  10. The right to protection from psychological, physical and verbal abuse
  11. The right to adequate information about his/her clinical and treatment status, and the range and options of treatments available
  12. The right to prompt assistance especially in emergencies
  13. The right to safe treatment environments, and adequate water, sanitation and waste disposal
  14. The rights to protection from life-threatening diseases
  15. The right to express opinions and make complaints that shall be investigated

Why is it important for rehabilitation centres to be registered?

We can agree that they provide guidelines and stipulate regulations that must be adhered to. They provide the moral codes you build your practice on. The effectiveness of a registered treatment centre cannot be overlooked. Department of Social Development has gone the extra mile to ensure best practice guidelines are followed. These are some of the elements they look at:

  1. Department of Health ensures that the premises are suit