Why it's important for treatment centres to be registered.

Updated: Dec 14, 2019


We are faced with countless of 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 on. We must appreciate the fact that they are not merely regulators but organizations with a common goal. To provide consumers with 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 effects of faulty or unsafe products, deceptive practices, counterfeit goods, etc. The truth is, ethics does not form part of some companies’ mission statement.


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

Counselors 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 in order to lead any counselling session.


3. Medical Processes

Standards are specified when dealing with detoxification, assessments, procedures and qualification of medical professionals. A general practitioner, professional nurses, psychologists and psychiatrist 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 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 are neglected. We pride ourselves to include 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.

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