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The Right Psychology for Recovering Addicts

Dealing children and adolescents and their psychiatric problems, we can make progress with regular contact with our patients, developing trust between ourselves and the youngsters and allowing them to feel unashamedly honest. We gradually make progress with these kids, identifying issues as the therapeutic process moves forward. It is common to identify some patients who exhibit bipolar or borderline personality disorders.

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Unfortunately once these youngster grow up, many of them are tempted by pier groups and society to try alcohol and substances. In fact it is well know that many people who suffer from substance addiction are in fact undiagnosed bipolar, adhd or borderline personalities that have been trying find relief through self medicating themselves with narcotics or prescription drugs. Without intervention these youths will continue with their use of substances as means of trying to feel better. What many of the youngsters fail to understand is the risk they are taking by using illegal street drugs if they are already taking some form of prescription medication for a psychiatric disorder. The combination of the two will either make the psychiatric symptoms worse, or nullify the effects of the prescribed medication. Invariably these youngster, if they are lucky, will end up in a rehabiliation centre to help them get a better understanding of why they are drawn to escapism of drug or alcohol abuse. Most medical aid schemes will only cover the basic twenty eight day treatment program that just touches the surface of begining a new life in recovery, free of the urge to self medicate. The first few weeks after a patients leaves a drug rehabilitation centre or psychiatric centre are critical to the success of that patients recovery. Many patients have no choice to return to abusive homes with alcoholic parents, siblings who use drugs at home in neighbourhoods that overlook this behaviour. There are a few other options. Over the past few years, more and more “sober houses” have been started. A sober living house, is a safe house where someone who is comitted to staying abstinent and maintaing their recovery can go an live for a period of time until they are well adjusted to sober live. Scotswood Sober House Cape Town is one such sober house in Cape Town. The facility was recently set up to cater for people leaving treatment centres that require a safe and substance free environment that will encourage and motivate them to continue forward on their recovery path. Typically, a sober house will have a communal kitchen, weekly meetings of the residents, an on site counsellor, cooked meals and a healthy routine that encourages participation of the residents. Scotswood offers all of this and more. It has WiFi, beautiful gardens, the house is serviced three times a week and there is also a lovely swimming pool and safe off street parking for residents. It might be new, but Scotswood is certainly one of the nicest sober houses in Cape Town. It is strongly urged that if you are leaving a treatment facility or psychiatric facility and are concerned about the home environment that you are returning to, that you consider a sober house in Cape Town, and put your recovery first.

IACAPAP Delegates Explore Cape Town

At the closure of the first IACAPAP World Congress, members of SAACAPAP (The South African Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions) proudly bid farewell to delegates they had come to know and bond with over the duration of the Congress. The members felt proud of the manner in which the first IACAPAP ever held on African soil had been concluded in South Africa. There was the air of a job well done and optimism in the air, such that many international delegates felt inspired to travel south from Durban and spend a few days relaxing and exploring Cape Town.

Ashanti Backpackers in Cape Town

And why shouldn’t these dedicated men and women who had given up so much of their lives leading up to the Conference, be allowed a little bit of time to decompress In Cape Town’s loving arms ? The motion had my full support, and after discussing a few trivial matters, it was decided that the eight of us would head down to Cape Town and enjoy the Cape Weather, Wines and Hospitality for seven days, before having to regroup with the rest of the delegates before they finally departed South Africa.

Ok, so we had a loose plan in place now, all we had to do was get to Cape Town, find reasonable accommodation, check in and then have some fun for a week, before meeting up with the rest of the delegates at the end of the week…….

OK! Book flights for eight people, asap, to Cape Town. Everybody turned to their mobile phones and started frowning while stroking and wiping their glass screens. I presumed this meant they had begun trying to source flight times etc from airlines. Dino broke away from his mobile phone “god” first, and claimed to have found us the perfect accommodation in Cape Town, It’s Ashanti Lodge, Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Cape Town ! Whist the term backpacker was not all that inspiring as it conjured up memories of shoddy places I’d stayed at when I was much younger, there was a round of applause from the rest of the gang. It seemed that Ashanti Lodge was far more than an ordinary backpacker. Our Accommodation agreed upon, things sped up from there, and less than an hour later I was at the Durban airport waiting to board my flight for Cape Town. An almost peaceful hour and thirty minute flight, where we all seemed to regroup and acknowledge that we were escaping for a weeks holiday in Cape Town.

We made quick of the airport formalities, gathered our luggage and entered the airport collections area. Straight up ahead was a chap holding a card above his head that stated “ASHANTI – IACAPAP DELEGATES”. Bags loaded into the transporter, we hopped in and began our drive into the city. Glen, the Ashanti Lodge driver, pointed out points of interest, including the Majestic Table Mountain.

Twenty five minutes later when we arrived at the Lodge, it was after 4pm and you feel the sun slowly starting to sink into the Atlantic Ocean, casting a golden light over everything it touched. Ashanti Lodge Cape Town Backers is perhaps the oldest backpacker in Cape Town, started more than twenty years ago.  The original building is a converted Victorian Mansion, nestled just below Table Mountain, in the Cape Town Gardens District. It’s location is unbeatable, 2.3km from Table Mountain, 800m from the Iziko South African Museum, and 4.7 km from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront’s shops. Apart from the converted Victorian Mansion, their are two other smaller properties in the adjacent street that offer something to those looking for a bit more comfort.

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Our crew  parted ways with an air of excitement, eager to put our bags down in our rooms and explore the friendly surroundings. The lodge was busy at that time of year, so we were largely surrounded by people young and old of different nationalities, as excited as we were to be in Cape Town, and ready to start exploring. Dino reported back in 10 minutes. “There’s a pub upstairs with a pool table that has the most amazing views of Table Mountain….but if you just peek over the balcony, there is a beautiful crystal clear swimming pool filled with scantily clad frolicking Swedish girls !! Haha, I had to laugh. We were in Dino heaven.  If you are ever considering spending a week in Cape Town and need accommodation in a Cape Town Backpackers, I cannot stress how much you need to just take a peek at Ashanti Lodge. The setting cannot be beaten, the location is so perfect, the staff and general friendly vibe is what really set me on it though. A beautiful little oasis, smack bang in the center of Cape Town.

 

Drug Rehabilitation Centres in Cape Town

Children and adolescents in Cape Town and South Africa are not only psychologically damaged by the immediate  negative conditions in their homes and communities, but also through the widespread abuse of drugs and alcohol by family members and community members.  In some cases the children and adolescents themselves have already begun to experiment with drugs and harmful substances, perhaps in an attempt to self medicate the pre-existing psychological traumas they experience. People who suffer from addiction in what ever for it may manifest itself (alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex addiction, eating disorders) all show similar symptoms of addiction. That is the compulsive repeating of a behavior which promises reward, but ultimately destroys the addict. The addict is unable to stop repeating this cycle, regardless of the evidence to show that it is harmful to them and those close to them. The addict remains compelled to get that next drink, or next fix, even though they can see that their lives are falling apart, jobs lost, families torn apart.

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Fortunately Cape Town is one of the leading cities in world when it comes to facilities geared towards and dedicated towards treating suffering addicts. The number of facilities offering treatment to those suffering from substance abuse has increased dramatically over the past few years. However not all the centres offer the same quality of service or specialize in the same fields. Pricing also varies a great deal from one treatment centre to the next.

A Cape Town, web based business called Rehab-Search.directory has started an online portal where a user could easily find detailed information, for example about drug rehabilitation centres in Cape Town.  Using the Rehab-Search.directory website, an addict looking for the best treatment for themselves, or a family member trying to find the treatment centre most suited to their loved one, is able to navigate the comprehensive directory which lists only the best addiction treatment facilities and drug rehabilitation centres. Rehab-Search.directory makes it easier for the person searching for help to find the centre which is best equipped to deal with their specific form of addiction or disorder. The website has a fresh clean layout and is simple to navigate. Whether you’re looking for centres that specialize in addiction, behavioral health, specialty centres dealing with ADHD and OCD, Eating Disorder Centres, Healing Centres, Integrative Health Centres or Halfway Houses and Sober Living Facilities, Rehab-Search.directory has got you covered.  They can also offer you assistance in finding the best Multi-professional Counseling Centres, Multi-professional Psychological Groups, Outpatient Rehab Programs, Psychiatric Clinics and Testing Services.

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Taking that first step and reaching out, asking for help can be scary and quite daunting. Rehab-Search.directory has made it extremely easy to find the right service for you or your loved one by placing all of the best facilities available in one easy to find directory. The facilities are then carefully categorized into their various areas of proficiency to make your search even easier.