Recovery support group offers hope

2016-02-16 06:00
KZN Recovery Support Group offers addicts the chance to spend part of a weekend in a tranquil Hillcrest setting. Photo: supplied

KZN Recovery Support Group offers addicts the chance to spend part of a weekend in a tranquil Hillcrest setting. Photo: supplied

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ADDICTION has been dubbed “the most painful disease of all” - and rightly so.

Sadly it's also a growing pandemic globally and particularly in South Africa, with professional treatment being imperative to arrest it.

But many people in active addiction simply don't have the time - or money - for prolonged in-patient treatment.

Enter then the KZN Recovery Support Group which offers addicts the chance to spend part of a weekend on a regular basis in a tranquil Hillcrest setting.

Here they will have access to a doctor specialising in addiction, drug testing, a psychologist, a counsellor and talks and groups led by addiction specialists.

The KZN Recovery Support Group will be hosted at Jacob's Well Augustinian Sister's Retreat and Conference Centre in Botha's Hill, and is an initiative of Careline Crisis and Trauma Centre's halfway house programme.

In residence will be Dr Sean Martin, psychologist Elaine Venton and James Siddall, author of the addiction memoir, Dystopia, among others.

As ongoing treatment is recommended, attendees are encouraged to spend two Friday nights and a Saturday in residence every month, as well as two Saturdays during the day.

There is a small cost that's inclusive of dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch on the nights away, as well as medical and psychological evaluation.

Partners are not only welcome to attend, but are encouraged do so.

Bookings now open.

For more information, call Joey du Plessis on 082 787 6452.

- Supplied.

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