Are all drug rehabs the same? No! (some are far superior to others).


Choosing the rehab experience you need to start rebuilding your life can seem like a daunting task. We will guide you on this important journey by pointing out factors that you should consider before making a final decision.


Rehabs are Unique


Inpatient rehabs are facilities that offer treatment programmes for those who are struggling with an addiction. The average length of treatment is 4 weeks, but many rehabs offer longer programs. The length of stay is determined by several factors, including the severity of your addiction, the existence of any co-occurring psychological conditions, and whether you have been through treatment before.


Rehabs tend to be very organised and structured, as this reduces uncertainty and stress, thereby creating the safest and most supportive environment for your recovery. You will have care 24 hours a day, attend individual and group sessions every day, and eat all your meals at the facility.


However, inpatient rehabs are unique. Some offer very basic shared accommodation with limited recreational facilities, while others offer private luxury suites and a host of leisure activities. For example, the onsite gym, swimming pool and landscaped gardens at Rustenburg Clinic provide adequate time and space for relaxation, recreation, and self-reflection.




Rehabs also vary in terms of staff qualification and experience, type of treatment methods, accreditation, and aftercare services offered. It is therefore vital that you investigate the differences between various facilities to make the right choice for you and your unique recovery needs.


What are the advantages of Inpatient Rehabs versus Outpatient treatment?

Outpatient addiction treatment is very convenient if you are unable to take a leave of absence from work, but inpatient rehabs have higher rates of long-term success (sustained recovery) if you are struggling with a severe addiction. For more information on success rates read inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation outcomes, but remember that your treatment outcomes are dependent on how motivated and willing you are to work with your therapist and embrace change.

There are several advantages to inpatient treatment, including:


 24-hour care in a comfortable, safe and structured environment

 Freedom from outside distractions, triggers, or harmful influences

 Access to medical professionals during detox and treatment

 An intensive daily treatment programme

 Fellow clients and therapists can give support throughout the entire process



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How do I Choose the Right Rehab?

The best rehabs are warm, inviting, comfortable, safe and clean. They provide a serene environment to help you feel calm, accepted and at ease, as this will allow you to manage your stress level, focus on your treatment process, and make positive behaviour changes to sustain your new life in recovery. Once you have established that a rehab is located in a safe environment, you can start to ask the right questions to find the treatment experience that is perfect for you. What questions should you focus on when comparing rehabs? We suggest the following:


  1. What credentials or accreditation do they have?
  2. Do the rehabs have qualified staff?
  3.  Are there detox facilities on-site?
  4. Do the rehabs have quarantine facilities?
  5. What types of therapies are offered by the rehabs?
  6. Do the rehabs treat co-occurring disorders?


1. What types of addictions do the rehabs treat?

Rehabs tend to specialise in certain addictions, such as alcoholism and drug addiction. There are, however, many individuals who also struggle with process addictions, such as gambling, sex, pornography, and love addictions.




It is important to find a rehab that has experience treating your specific addiction. Every substance has different psychological and physical effects, so enquire about the various rehabs’ expertise in treating your specific addiction. At Rustenburg Clinic, we have experience treating all addictions, except Primary Eating Disorders.


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2. Do the rehabs have qualified staff?

Not all facilities employ professional staff. The best rehab for you will have caring, skilled and qualified staff to guide you through your treatment process. Sub-standard rehabs can drain your finances and fail to give you the help you need. It is a good idea to enquire about the qualifications of the clinical staff and ensure that you will have access to skilled professionals throughout your stay.


Rustenburg Clinic has a qualified and experienced team of clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, medical, nursing and support staff who are ready to help you reach your treatment goals and get the best recovery results in the most effective manner.


3. Are there detox facilities on-site?

You may have to undergo a detox process before starting an inpatient treatment programme. The purpose of a detox is to get rid of the addictive substance(s) in your body and the length of this process varies depending on the substance(s) you use.


It is important to find out if you will need a detox and whether the rehab you are considering has a detox facility. Rustenburg Clinic has a detox facility on site where you will be supported and closely monitored by the medical team, and given medications to manage withdrawal symptoms if necessary.


4. Do the rehabs have quarantine facilities?

The Covid-19 epidemic has changed the way that rehabs are able to operate. Previously, clients were admitted to facilities and joined the programme immediately, if detox was not required. Now, each new client is a potential Covid-19 risk.


It is therefore vital to take precautions to protect yourself and others from contracting the virus. You should enquire about Covid-19 protocols and quarantine facilities at any of the rehabs you are considering. Rustenburg clinic has dedicated quarantine suites and strict measures in place to prevent the transmission of Covid-19.


5. What types of therapies are offered by the rehabs?

Facilities vary in the level of care and range of treatment services they provide. Some rehabs only offer inpatient treatment, while others only run outpatient programmes.


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Most rehabs offer individual and group counselling sessions but the types of traditional and complementary therapies they use may differ. For example, some facilities focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), while others rely on the 12-steps as their main treatment method.


The best rehabs will design a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and use evidence-based treatment methods to maximise the benefit you will derive from the programme. They will help you to: deal with triggers and cravings, manage your emotions, develop your coping skills, make positive behaviour changes to improve your relationships and daily functioning, and teach you impulse control and drug-refusal strategies to avoid relapse in the future.


Rustenburg Clinic offers both inpatient and outpatient treatment programmes that incorporate Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and an introduction to the 12-Step Programme. Additional complimentary therapies include somatic psychotherapy, expressive therapy, and mindfulness practice. Learn more about CBT at the Beck Institute and DBT at Psychology Today.


6. Do the rehabs treat co-occurring disorders?

Individuals with an anxiety or depression are at an increased risk for developing a substance use disorder. Similarly, those with an addiction are more likely to experience anxiety and depression. These conditions can lead to a vicious cycle that perpetuates itself.


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If you have an addiction and anxiety and/or depression, it is important to ensure that you will receive treatment for all your presenting problems, to alleviate emotional suffering and optimize functioning in all areas of your life. The experienced clinical team at Rustenburg Clinic specializes in the treatment of addiction, anxiety, and depression as separate or co-existing conditions. Read more about anxiety and depression at SADAG.


7. What credentials do the rehabs have?

Not all rehabs are accredited. A lack of accreditation is problematic because it means that a facility can operate according to its own standards. One thing that all accredited rehabs have in common is the guarantee that their facility and treatment programme have fulfilled specific criteria, as decided by the relevant governing bodies.


Accredited rehabs can be considered trustworthy as they are closely monitored and operate according to a fixed set of standards. Rustenburg Clinic is accredited and fully licensed with the Department of Health and Department of Social Development as an addiction treatment facility, detox centre and psychiatric dual diagnosis clinic.


8. Are family programmes offered?

Addiction affects the whole family. It is therefore common for rehabs to offer family programmes, so that your loved ones can be part of your journey towards healing and recovery. Addiction often leads to dysfunctional relationships and/or unhealthy family dynamics that can potentially trigger a relapse.


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Family therapy sessions provide the opportunity to improve communication skills, resolve conflict, build trust, and repair broken relationships. Your family members and significant others are encouraged to be a part of your therapeutic process at Rustenburg Clinic.


9. What peer group programmes are offered?

Many rehabs follow the 12-step programme endorsed by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. Other rehabs offer alternative options, such as the SMART recovery programme. Rehabs may also invite speakers who:

• share their own personal struggle with addiction and journey to recovery.

• address practical issues such as rebuilding your career after treatment.

• strengthen your sense of hope through inspirational talks.


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Peer programmes help you to develop a sense of fellowship, compassion and understanding of each other’s battles with addiction. They also provide valuable and ongoing support during your treatment and recovery, therefore, it is worth enquiring whether your rehab of choice has one. Rustenburg Clinic will introduce you to the 12-Step programme, potential sponsors, and a variety of fellowship meetings during your stay with us. Read more about the 12-Step Programme at Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.


10. What kind of aftercare services do the rehabs provide?

As your treatment process moves towards completion, your therapist should design a relapse prevention and aftercare plan with you. A well thought out, detailed and structured aftercare programme is essential to help you maintain sobriety.


Some rehabs do not offer aftercare services, so it is necessary to ask if the rehab you are considering has an aftercare program or can help you find one. You are welcome to join Rustenburg Clinic’s free weekly aftercare programme.


11. What payment options do the rehabs offer?

Finding out about possible payment options will help narrow your search for an affordable rehab and make the decision process less stressful. Check if the facility charges medical aid rates.


If you do not have medical insurance, you could enquire about a payment plan or subsidised treatment to get the help you need. Fortunately, most medical aids cover the cost of treatment at Rustenburg Clinic. However, a shortfall co-payment may be required in some instances.


Make Sure You Get the Help You Deserve

Addiction is a disease of loss and you probably feel powerless and desperate as the damages of your using continue to confront you. However, you are not alone in your fight against addiction. There are many dedicated professionals who are ready to help you once you are ready to commit to treatment. Deciding to go to rehab is the first step towards regaining your life.


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Recovery is a choice you make every day and it may not be easy, but it is definitely worth it!




If you or someone you love is ready to work on recovering , please contact Rustenburg Clinic on +27 (0) 87 943 2293 or email us at to arrange a free assessment, so that you can decide if we can provide the treatment experience you need.