Full Circle Recovery Programme
Addiction rehabilitation in South Africa was traditionally based on a client centred approach, with less emphasis on reintegration with the community. Rand Aid’s Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre has pioneered work towards rehabilitation based on an
holistic approach, which is available to local and international clients.
Although this type of rehabilitation had long been used by western society, this has not been the case in South Africa. Rand Aid used a mixed quantitative-qualitative study in 2005 and 2006, to explore the needs related to treatment at Wedge Gardens.
The study provided evidence that patients have to be equipped to be able to reintegrate with their significant others, as well as the community at large. Rand Aid thus developed an holistic programme based on multi-disciplinary integration, and recovery care.
Wedge Garden’s Full Circle Recovery Programme for people battling substance addiction is an holistic, systematic, problem solving and reality therapy approach that makes use of professional councillors including a clinical psychologist, social workers, medical practitioners, nursing practitioners and a spiritual therapist.
Wedge Gardens Core Services
The Full Circle Recovery Programme’s core services include detoxification, in-house treatment, family sessions, family accommodation, a halfway house, after care services, and outreach programmes.
Wedge Gardens offers an affordable fee structure for the client and a choice of single accommodation en suite, or double accommodation with shared facilities.
Wedge Garden’s in-house treatment is set in tranquil surroundings, enabling the client to feel more comfortable from the start. Treatment is divided into three phases including assessment, intervention and reintegration. The client is assessed on their social, emotional, psychological, mental, spiritual, and physical circumstances.
The intervention phase consists of individual and group therapy sessions, which includes interactional analysis group therapy, structured group therapy, lectures and social skills development groups. The reintegration phase includes an in-house family participative session, and the introduction to support fellowships like the AA.
The halfway house facilities reintegration into society and provides a supportive structure for whilst being reintegrated back into society.
Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre’s aftercare runs once a month for those patients who have already completed the 28-day or three-month programme.
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Broken, Battered, Emotionally Shattered,
Lonely, Afraid, So many debts unpaid,
Hopeless, Lost, Such a terrible cost
The shadow of the man I’d been,
I come to Wedge Gardens so much to redeem,
Food, Shelter, Life no longer a skelter,
Therapy, Medication, A new realisation,
Compassion, Care, Allows me to dare - Have,
Hope, Faith, Dreams and Courage,
For dedication and efforts so often unsung,
Thank you Wedge Gardens for all you have,
The shadow has gone.
- left anonymously for Wedge Gardens staff -
Below is a letter written to Wedge Gardens staff by Michael, whose father underwent successful treatment at the facility:
"Thank you to everyone at Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre who has played a role in the recovery that my dad is experiencing.
Alcohol had a devastating effect on our family for over 25 years. Apart from the ‘life’ wasted from my dad's side, I am slowly coming to realise some of the effects his drinking had on our lives as well and it is people like you that have given us hope again.
The Wedge team has taken such a load off us and given him so much direction, that I truly believe he has a great chance of joining the ranks of those who can honestly say they have overcome this killer disease. He is already at 7.5 months sobriety.
I had been praying for years for a solution to this and eventually the Lord led us to Rand Aid. I believe it was in His perfect time and perfect will.
Thank you again for the many hours you spent counselling us, without which I feel our chances would have been halved. You have given us all the courage to talk openly about our feelings and this has led to a point where I feel we can support each other in this time.
I am sure that sometimes you feel what you are doing is a thankless job and that you are fighting a losing battle, but please remember that every now and again you will win, you will save lives and families. Thank you again and may God bless you all beyond your wildest dreams for the impact you have had on our lives and that of many other strangers.
Rest assured that issues relating to substance abuse e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org are dealt with by a trained therapist and are kept in the strictest confidence. If you are in need of help and e-mail personal details of your addiction or that of a loved one to the above address, you can be assured that your mail will go directly to a counsellor who will give your concerns confidential, professional attention.