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Why do treatment centres need to be registered?

Updated: Jan 11

Why it is important for a treatment centre to be registered.

We are faced with countless acts, boards, government departments and councils in each industry or sector. But why are they so important and how does it affect companies, consumers and the general public?

For the most part, we can agree that they provide guidelines and stipulate regulations you must adhere to. In short, these are moral codes you build your practice. We must appreciate the fact that they are not merely regulators but organizations with a common goal. To provide consumers with the best possible service or products.

Let’s look at the time before these bodies existed. NCR clammed down on the extortion of consumers. Before SAQA, anyone could present and develop education and training qualifications without aligning courses and modules to industry standards. Without ISO, no quality management systems were in place, allowing consumers to be exposed to the effects of faulty or unsafe products, deceptive practices, counterfeit goods, etc. The truth is, that ethics does not form part of some companies’ mission statements.

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 looked at:

1. Department of Health

A thorough inspection is done to ensure your premises are suitable for residents. This includes sleeping courtiers, bathroom facilities, food preparation, health and safety, etc.

2. Qualification of Staff

Counsellors and social workers must be qualified and registered with appropriate boards to ensure they have thorough skills to provide treatment. Staff that are also in recovery must be sober for at least 3 years to lead any counselling session.

3. Medical Processes

Medical detoxification for addiction

Standards are specified when dealing with detoxification, assessments, procedures and qualification of medical professionals. A general practitioner, professional nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists must be involved with assessment processes and reviews.

4. Treatment Plans

Types of clinical disciplines and assessment criteria are taken into consideration. It is crucial to take into consideration individual treatment programmes, life skills, after-care and family involvement.

5. Nutritional Guidelines

A thorough nutritional program is taken into account to provide the best possible nutrition after detox.

6. Participation of residents in duties

There are limitations on the time allocated to residents for duties. This is restricting facilities to expose their clients to ‘cheap’ labour.

You can imagine the impact if any one of these norms and standards is neglected. We pride ourselves on including all these aspects in our standards and philosophy of our programme, building our reputation to become a leading treatment facility.

Contact us today or visit our site for more information on our programme.


Discover the essential role of registration for treatment centres. Explore how regulations, guided by ethical practices, cover premises inspection, staff qualifications, medical processes, treatment plans, nutritional guidelines, and resident participation. Adherence to these norms and standards ensures effective addiction treatment. Our program, aligned with these principles, stands as a leading treatment facility. Contact us or visit our site for details on our comprehensive, registered programs.

Department of Health Inspection

A registered treatment centre undergoes a thorough Department of Health inspection to ensure that its premises are suitable for residents. This includes assessments of sleeping quarters, bathroom facilities, food preparation areas, and overall health and safety measures. This inspection ensures a safe and conducive environment for individuals seeking treatment.

Qualification of Staff

Medical Processes and Professional Involvement

Treatment Plans and Clinical Disciplines

Nutritional Guidelines

Participation of Residents in Duties

The blog underscores the significance of treatment centres being registered and complying with regulatory bodies. It elucidates the meticulous inspections and standards set by the Department of Health, emphasizing the importance of a safe and well-maintained environment.

Moreover, the blog outlines the qualifications required for staff, promoting a professional and experienced approach to addiction treatment. The inclusion of medical professionals and adherence to specific medical processes ensures a comprehensive and evidence-based treatment approach.

Additionally, the emphasis on individualized treatment plans, nutritional guidelines, and ethical considerations regarding residents' duties highlights the holistic and ethical approach of registered treatment centres. By meeting these standards, a treatment centre builds its reputation and becomes a trusted and leading facility in the field.



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