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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 a...

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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 is...

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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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The Toxic Power of Resentment

  The Toxic Power of Resentment Resentment is an all too common human emotion, one of our most negative emotional responses. Normally an addict is often full of this type of negativity as a result of perceived injustices against them. It is frequently used as an...

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Relationships and Early Recovery

  Relationships and Recovery As many people in recovery have probably heard, (and often ignored or debated) it is detrimental to early recovery to become involved in romantic relationships. This article will discuss some of the reasoning behind the often-proposed...

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The importance of the 12 Step Fellowship

  The importance of the fellowship Some people take to the 12-steps right away. Others are reticent, and may experience feelings of anxiety or fear towards an unfamiliar system. While not our primary treatment modality at Highlands Recovery, we do encourage clients to...

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The impact of substance use in South Africa

  Substance Abuse   Drug use or the use of substances is considered as an immense problem faced in South Africa. Within the South African context the socio-economic impact of substance use and drugs costs billions of Rands annually to the government, individuals,...

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Toxic Masculinity

  Toxic Masculinity The constructs of toxic masculinity are causing an epidemic in the functionality of manhood and society as a whole which has become entrenched in mental illness and addiction. Men are far more likely than women to use or become dependent on alcohol...

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Working at Highlands Recovery

Author:Graeme Budge   Working at Highlands Recovery Since my first day I was met with immense support and regard from my co-workers. The team is honestly brilliant. Highlands Recovery has done its best to source the most well-rounded, experienced, knowledgeable team...

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From Addict to Employee, A Personal Story.