Their help starts in your very own home

2016-02-23 06:00
Debra Wilkinson, left, and Ielhaam Petersen Barby are ready to take you on a road to recovery from addictions, starting at your own doorstep. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Debra Wilkinson, left, and Ielhaam Petersen Barby are ready to take you on a road to recovery from addictions, starting at your own doorstep. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Addictions, in all its forms, is a problem that destabilises communities across the Peninsula and an organisation in the Southern Suburbs wants to fight it on your doorstep.

Next Step Addiction based in Kenilworth is an out-patient organisation that assists individuals who suffer from eating disorders, alcohol and substance abuse, but the difference is that their counselling starts in your home.

They offer a range of services, including detox from home, mobile recovery coaching, counselling and parenting workshops.

It was started in 2014 by Debra Wilkinson who combined her own experience in recovery from an eating disorder as well as an alcohol and drug addiction; with her experience of working in a primary, secondary and tertiary treatment centre, she felt the need and passion to start the organisation.

“The detox from home programme is the only one of its kind in Cape Town and was developed specifically for individuals who cannot afford in-patient treatment,” she says.

The programme entails a nurse who does medical observations, a recovery coach who assists with day to day sober living and an addictions counsellor who processes triggers and various issues relating to addiction.

One of the facilitators working with her is Ielhaam Petersen Barby who has worked in the eating disorder/addiction field since 2008 and has worked with both addicts and their family members.

She has combined her knowledge from her working experience with her studies and has developed a family programme.

“As an eating disorder/addiction affects the entire family, we offer a six-week Positive Parenting Workshop which covers topics such as boundaries, addiction/eating disorder awareness and communication,” she explains.

“At the end of the eight weeks you will have better insight into an eating disorder, possess the skills to communicate more effectively with your loved one and be empowered with new knowledge.

V For more information call 083 960 7994, email info@nextstepaddiction.com or visit www.nextstepaddiction.com.

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