Breaking an addiction is just the beginning of your journey…

Finding Recovery – A Life Story

Hi, My name is Albert Martin, after endless battles, I am in recovery. I struggled to get sober, until I was finally beaten enough to A) ask for help and B) put in the work required to overcome the illness. I was expelled from school, messed up exams and stole from...

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Principles before Personailty

Principles before Personality. I think most of us in the recovery world has encountered the phrase “Principles over personality” many times. I know that when I first stepped into the field, still wet behind the ears and green, this used to puzzle me. Intellectually, I...

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The Lemon Tree

I planted a lemon tree in my garden ten years ago. First of all, it had to be a thick skin cape lemon, simply because I eat lemons like most other people eat naartjies or oranges. I simply adore the sweet taste of cape lemons. Much like the story of Goldilocks, I...

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Addiction: Disease or Dis-Ease

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” ~ Pierre Tailhard de Chardin I believe addiction is a spiritual disorder; the lack of spiritual/internal equilibrium. “Although physical illness can go into...

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Keep Coming Back: A Story of Relapse and Recovery

I started using when I was 14. I met a guy and thought I was in love. I was very impressionable and wanted to start dating him, so I started using drugs. I started using very casually and called it experimenting. It quickly became an addiction, where I couldn’t stay...

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How To Rebuild Your Relationship With Food

Over the last few years I have tried my very best to release any negative feeling associated with food and weight. Of all addictions, Eating Disorders are notoriously difficult to treat. Unlike other addiction where you abstain from substance,...

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Why We Need Hope In Recovery

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”~Christopher Reeve Hope is the light that glimmers in the dark of the unknown. It is the flicker of possibility in the murky depths of the seemingly impossible. It is the reason we kneel in prayer and work to improve our...

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My Journey With A Still Suffering Addict

It all started out very innocent, pure ,fun and loving. Five years ago we fell madly In love and what a beautiful experience it was. We connected , shared the same interests , shared a similar vision and strived to motivate and support one another . We met in recovery...

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From Self-Destruction to Helping Others

Never in a million years did I think I would end up here! That’s true for being admitted to rehab and ending up working here. I arrived in cape town 3 years ago and straight to rehab I went. In complete denial I had a problem, until treatment began the chiselling away...

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Grieving your addiction

Grief I have recently had a client ask me if it was normal to feel grief once you give up your drug of choice. He equated it to being in an abusive relationship, when it was bad it was so bad, but when it was good, it was so good, “I used because it made me feel...

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The Kindling Effect

  The Kindling Effect Whether you are an experienced camper or braai fanatic, you have a good concept of what kindling does. It helps start the fire and makes it burn hotter and faster. In addiction we too encounter “The Kindling Effect”, and this term is used in...

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Why come to rehab in Cape Town?

  Rehab in Cape Town There are many reasons for why people choose to come to into an addiction rehabilitation program. That in itself can be a very daunting decision, because of all the variables to consider when choosing a treatment facility.  One of the options...

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Losing It.

Losing It. I am a 42 year old woman, who if memory serves, has been at war with my body since the age of 12. Which means the last 30 years of my life has been spent in mortal combat with myself. Yet, having recently had a very significant realization surrounding my...

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From Addict to Employee, A Personal Story.