The combined and integrated approach is an effective method carefully selected for the treatment of substance abuse disorders. By making use of these essential parts in our programme we offer a comprehensive map of the journey of recovery and rediscovering yourself. 





From treatment to recovery. Primary treatment constitutes the first 21 days in our substance abuse rehabilitation centre in South Africa.

Primary treatment is a short term residential rehab programme that provides intensive but relatively brief treatment based on a custom evidence-based 12-step therapeutic intervention.

This combined approach to addiction treatment and alcoholism recovery enables the addict or alcoholic to gain a new perspective and way of life that has proven to be effective well beyond the initial phase and establishes the foundation for recovery going forward.



From detoxification to reintegration. Secondary treatment thrusts recovery into action through 7 weeks of thorough addiction counselling and recovery coaching.

While building the foundation of recovery is crucial, setting recovery in motion is critical. Secondary treatment emphasises short term behavioural goals, individualised counselling and 12-step completion.

The programme teaches proven coping strategies and tools to help maintain abstinence in a safe and structured environment where recovery is achieved through reinforcement.

3 months


From lost to rediscovered. The tertiary programme uses the entire recovery continuum in a social context as active components of treatment and is intended for stays of 3 months.

Tertiary focuses on holistic therapeutic reconstruction from within a recovery community context that focuses on "re-socialisation", confronting damaging beliefs, self-concepts and destructive patterns.

Long term rehabilitation provides an opportunity to work on the underlying issues on a longer timeframe and aims to discover new, more harmonious and constructive ways to interact with others.

Choosing the best treatment option FOR YOUR LOVED ONE

Choosing between rehabilitation options for substance abuse in South Africa can be intimidating. Research shows that the best outcomes for long term rehabilitation in South Africa are with longer lengths of treatment. Rest assured that we are here to assist you to ensure that your decision allows an opportunity for the best chance of long-term recovery success.

When is a 1-month program recommended?

Your loved one knows they have a problem and is willing to commit. Emotionally they are able to be pushed to dig deep into their drug use and reservations for relapse is minimal.

Why is the 3 months program the most popular?

This program allows us to explore the underlying causes of drug or alcohol abuse. Ultimately, substance use is not the only problem, the behaviours need exploring and dealt with as well.

Why would the 6-month program be ideal?

When someone has been through numerous treatment centres with short-term relapsing results, it might be that there are underlying issues yet to be discovered and/or dealt with.

Part of our evaluations and formal family sessions will be to advise if we feel more time is needed with your loved one. Typically, we will advise on a month-to-month extension where after progress is monitored.



Individualised Treatment


We establish an individual treatment plan for each client using several tools which form part of our integrated model of recovery. 


Integral assessments and assignments are conducted throughout the first two weeks of admission. All assessments are prepared to take critical information into consideration when developing each client's individual treatment plan. 


Assessments typically include:

  • Medical and Psychological Assessment

  • Intake Assessment

  • Assignments

  • Individual Treatment Plan

  • Daily Inventory


Holistic Recovery

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Apart from the treatment philosophy and therapeutic goals, the following is incorporated into our programme to offer a holistic approach that focuses on the body, mind and soul. 


Holistic therapy has become popular in addiction treatment and adds the benefit of helping clients participating in recovery programmes to stay actively engaged with the broader process.


Conventional and complementary therapies typically include:

  • Physical

  • Spiritual

  • Relaxation

  • Nutrition

  • Excursions


12 Step Recovery Program

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The basic premise of the 12 step model is that people can help one another achieve and maintain abstinence from substance abuse. It allows for mental and emotional transformative practices and tools. 


Step work forms part of our daily program and provides clients with nearly 400 self-reflecting questions to work through with their sponsors. The most important aspect of the Twelve Step Program we use is that it specifically looks at addiction from a disease perspective.


12 Step programs have proven to be successful in long-term sobriety purely because of its premise of one addict helping another addict recover. There are hundreds of meetings countrywide which forms part of the individual's support system in recovery. Visit the Narcotics Anonymous website for more information.


Group Therapy

Group Discussion

Group sessions are carefully selected to cover a wide area of concerns that typically surrounds the nature of addiction and recovery. Groups are therapeutic related, educational and/or support driven and form part of the individual treatment plans to address specific individual and group related goals.


Main areas focused on in-group topics:

  • Developing self-awareness

  • Developing self-regulation

  • Developing self-motivation

  • Developing social skills

  • Developing a healthy self-esteem

  • Relapse Prevention

  • Health Awareness


Family Involvement

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Family integration and participation is a very sensitive matter to us and a lot of effort goes into assisting the family to restore the family unit, understanding how addiction influences the family dynamics and the way forward. 

A lot of relationships are broken due to the individual's behaviour, not having enough knowledge about the disease or a general sense of hopelessness. This is why addiction is called a family disease and support is a very important dynamic in the recovery process.


Detailed progress reports are sent to the family touching on different aspects within our program and are discussed during family sessions as we explore the different aspects around addiction, recovery and family therapy. Counselling is a very important part for both the individual as well as their families to ensure long term recovery. 


Aftercare Support

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The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports between 40-60% of individuals is at risk of relapsing during the first twelve months in recovery. A fundamental function of addiction rehabilitation is promoting long-term recovery through relapse prevention and therefore a continuum of support post-rehabilitation treatment is critical to a successful recovery.

The aftercare treatment plan answers the need for continued support and is developed as a collaboration between the client, family/loved one(s) and case management team.


The relapse prevention plan explores many areas that are an important part of recovery including routine, conduct, finances, social, fellowship maintenance, specialist visits and medication,  triggers and behaviours, boundaries and consequences.

Why choose prc recovery

 Apart from many of the previously mentioned criteria, let's go into a bit more detail about what makes PRC Recovery one of the best rehabilitation centres in South Africa. Yes, we are registered, provide specialist staff, offer detox off-site and cater for both short- and long term rehabilitation programmes, but there is more to the story.

Orientation kicks off with assignments focused on nipping some issues in the butt. It might come across as a no-nonsense approach but it allows the client to overcome any possible denial.

Individual Treatment Plans are not developed by us. We merely facilitate methods to guide you to the conclusions which will determine your true intentions in terms of goals and objectives.

The Twelve-Steps Programme will be tough as it digs deep. With our guidance, you’ll learn methods to get down to the core problems, while introducing you to the Fellowship and experiencing the true bond created by sincere sharing.

Family participation cannot be stressed enough. Not only do we help reconnect the broken bonds but teach the entire family communication and boundaries that are vital in your recovery.

Having fun sober is important. We teach you that life without substances is where life actually starts You’ll learn when to take risks to allow freedom and courage. Your outlook on normal things changes as you realise your abuse just dulled out your ability to receive pleasure from normal things. Most importantly, you learn to be yourself.