Overview Phases Recreation

The programme at Rustenburg is divided into four basic phases which may overlap:

Phase 1

On admission, all clients receive a comprehensive addictions assessment, including a medical, nursing and, if required, a psychiatric assessment. Medication will be provided to clients that need assistance with the initial stabilisation phase or if any underlying psychiatric disorder is identified. A treatment plan will be devised and the client is then allocated to an individual counsellor.

Phase 2

After an initial investigation into circumstances contributing to the client’s addiction, the programme will then identify some of the mistaken beliefs that keeps the client locked into their addictive behaviours. Clients are provided with a concept of addiction that they can readily understand and accept, one which will make sobriety and recovery a meaningful and sustainable exercise.

Phase 3

In this phase, more intensive one-to-one counselling time is spent on those core psycho-social issues which contribute to the maintenance of the client’s addictive behaviour. These would include family issues, problems at work and domestic or living environment difficulties. Counsellors will also help the client to look at the psychological, family or childhood traumas that could be contributing to the problem. The aim is to help the client find the means to overcome these obstacles to recovery.

Phase 4


This final phase will help the client review and prepare for the practicalities of returning to life (work, family life, recreation and their domestic environment) in a sober fashion. The team will put structures in place that strengthen the recovery process wherever the client may come from. These include connecting with a designated aftercare counsellor and ongoing care groups.We also introduce clients to the 12 Step Fellowship while in treatment, as this can provide an ongoing recovery support structure after treatment.