Welcome to SCRC

South Coast Recovery Centre opened its doors on 13 February 2001. Our approach is aimed at facilitating change from the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery. This process will yield limited success when approached outside of a residential treatment facility.

Successful addiction treatment is facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team.This team structure allows for maximum possible support to the client in all possible areas of treatment from traditional psychotherapy to didactic training. The programme is comprised of many facets all aimed at treating addiction holistically, taking a balanced approach in treating the spiritual, psychological and physical components of this disease.

"It is proven that conventional and short term treatment approaches do not yield satisfactory results." (93% of those in traditional treatment relapse – UNODC -2008)

South Coast Recovery Centre has been providing effective treatment protocols, which work since 2001. We provide a cost effective, long-term programme, managed by a team of professionals whose motivation, dedication and absolute commitment are to the successful and sustainable recovery of those in our care.

We are situated on 23 acres in Ramsgate, on the sub tropical lower Kwa-zulu Natal, South Coast, which are equipped for the specific purpose of supporting a therapeutic community. Our multi-disciplinary therapeutic team comprises of addiction counsellors, social workers, registered nurses and sessional psychiatrist, clinical psychologist, doctor and dietician.

We are proudly registered with the Department of Social Development and Board of Health Funders. We are very excited to be accredited as a sub-acute medical facility, in accordance with international standards by COHSASA.

Rehabilitation can be defined as "to be restored to rightful potential, position and place in society,….. to restore to effectiveness, potential or normal life by training."

Training can be defined as “to instruct so as to make proficient.”

Ephesians 4:17-32 - That the individual is able to renew themselves in spirit, mind and body and are able to move away from their old behavior and way of life.

Ephesians 6:10-18 - That we are fighting a Spiritual Warfare.

We believe that recovery is possible and achievable. We do not believe that we need to conform to the recovery rates dictated by society and that recovery is the God-given right of every person suffering from addiction. South Coast Recovery Centre is a family of committed individuals, honouring the memory of those lost to addiction and still suffering from addiction.

We will do whatever it takes

The centre was founded on the principle that we will do whatever it takes and whatever is possible to achieve the recovery of individuals within our care.

The direct implication of this is that, contrary to the majority of rehabilitation centres who offer a specified time frame or contract period for treatment, we believe this is limiting and contributes to the dismal levels of success as researched by the United Nations and World Health Organisation. The fundamental problem is that with addiction, the treatment of the disease and damage associated thereto, it is expected to be “healed” within a specified period.

The reality is that the disease of addiction has the same characteristics of other primary diseases, in that if all associated problems and symptoms are not addressed, the individual will be unable to achieve a sustainable recovery.

It is imperative that any potential Dual Diagnosis, Psychosocial issues, PTSD, STD, abuse, education, skill level, eating disorders, family roles, levels of emotional- and psychological intelligence, outstanding legal- and financial consequences are addressed, in conjunction to the primary diagnosis of the 'Behaviour Disorder' of addiction.

We believe that it is only by holistically treating the individual, that effective rehabilitation can be assured

all are welcomed at scrc

SCRC is a Christian Centre. We are proud of this as we have witnessed many lives, including our own, being transformed through our Lord Jesus Christ. This does not mean that we 'Bible Bash', enforce our opinion on others, judge other beliefs or dictate that recovery is only possible through acceptance of Christianity. We strongly encourage our clients to explore their Spirituality and the Higher Power of their understanding.

We believe in and support the 12 Step Programme format. SCRC are the local hosts for the NA meetings as well as hosting one of the local AA meetings. We believe that the development of self-discipline and personal responsibility is imperative to recovery, and use our best efforts to instil this principle in clients that are in our care.

The programme format requires a minimum duration of six months. This period can be impacted as a result of medical conditions, health of the client on induction, secondary diagnosis, commitment, legal issues, education and skill level. These, amongst other factors, are taken into consideration in the development and continued professional evaluation of each client's 'Individual Treatment Plan'.

A vital component is the completion of Step 7 (''We humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings''). For an individual to depart treatment prior to having the character defects removed, the recovery process will be severely compromised.

The SCRC Multidisciplinary team are totally committed and dedicated to the individuals in our care. Our team do not view their vocation as a job, but rather as a calling and ministry, and the individuals in our care are not just a number, but individuals who need support, guidance, love and discipline from all of our dedicated team members. The relationships that are established during the time spent as part of the SCRC family, lasts years. SCRC is client-centred, whilst applying numerous counselling methodologies.

We love people and we love what we do

Family therapy is strongly supported and we encourage families to spend time with us in the sanctity of the SCRC environment. The recovery of individuals within our care is taken very personally, and our staff are determined in their approach to uncovering and resolving all the issues hindering the rehabilitation of the individual to a full and contributing, responsible member of society.

In line with our commitment and dedication to the recovery and the restoration of our clients, SCRC have several 'in-house' programmes. These programmes have been developed to address specific drugs of choice, their idiosyncrasies and craving cycles. Moreover, specialised programmes are utilised in the treatment of sexual addiction, sexual abuse and eating disorders.

In our opinion it is imperative that the client comes to a level of understanding and acceptance, that a life of recovery requires a lifestyle of amends, gratitude and humbleness. To entrench this and in accordance with Step 12, SCRC is committed to the community. SCRC residents conduct an annual five day 4x4 outreach to the remote and underprivileged communities in Southern Africa.

We are also invested in the local communities, providing support to child headed homes. SCRC is committed to our immediate outlying community providing support in terms of funding, building, outreaches to the underprivileged and providing regular assistance and education to the surrounding schools and churches.

  • Our vision is to provide service before self!
  • South Coast Recovery Centre will always strive to be a flagship of excellence in empowering, training and equipping those impacted by addiction and associated disorders.
  • SCRC is dedicated to achieve this by developing world-class facilities, innovative programmes and an industry leading recovery rate through the dedication of the staffing and leadership to providing unparalleled service.
  • Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we try to carry the message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
  • Mission Statement

  • South Coast Recovery Centre is a training facility, based on Christian principles.
  • South Coast Recovery Centre is committed to developing and adapting recovery programmes in order to maximise achievable recovery percentages, through individual, comprehensive, holistic programmes and a multidisciplinary team.
  • South Coast Recovery Centre is committed to provide effective recovery programmes.
  • South Coast Recovery Centre is committed to be professional, transparent and progressive in all aspects of our programme.
  • South Coast Recovery Centre is committed to provide a safe environment both physically and spiritually in which the individual can break the bondages of addiction.

  • South Coast Recovery Centre is committed to the continued development of both its programmes and staff.
  • The staff of South Coast Recovery Centre is committed to be guided by our Lord Jesus Christ and to remain humble, tolerant and empthetic towards the suffering addict, whilst also being committed to their own development.

  • We will do whatever it takes

    SCRC Staff

    From an initial staff of three, SCRC now employs a staff of 49, all with extensive expertise and experience in their respective fields. All members of the therapeutic team are qualified and registered with the appropriate governing bodies.

    More importantly, all are exceptionally committed to this ministry. We take the successful treatment of every individual in our care personally.

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    South Coast Recovery Centre has for the past five years been recognized internationally, having assisted over 300 residents from the following countries:

  • We feel that it is a great sadness that in the UK, no SCRC-style programme exists. We have an overwhelming admiration, gratitude and support for what you and your team are achieving.
  • I had been to three different rehabs in the UK, plus a long-term multi- behavioural unit in London. None of these showed any lasting effect and I continued to be controlled by my addictions, until I came into SCRC last year. For me, SCRC is the most incredible place in which to heal and really feel God's love. For anyone who wants recovery, this should be the place to come. It truly does work miracles.
  • My time in South Africa has been so wonderful. I came here completely broken and I leave restored and able to live to my full potential.
  • I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for working miracles in my life. I thank God everyday for SCRC and the people there; I don't think I would have gotten this far otherwise.
  • Thank goodness we found SCRC; it is thanks to all of you that we still have our son today.
  • I would never have achieved this without SCRC as it is the only place that would not allow me to give up on myself. It is a hard programme but it has worked for me.
  • I am so grateful to God and to all of you at SCRC for not only the chance to live really for the first time, but to have some trust and faith in God, other people and myself.
  • I would like to thank you again for all you did for me in SA. You enabled me to sort out a lot of stuff that had stumped me for a very long time. I think more than anything I felt understood for the first time in my life; which was invaluable for me. I was starting to think I was maybe beyond saving.
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    SCRC is proud to be approved and registered with the following organisations:

  • The Department of Social Development.
  • The Board of Health Funders (BHF) as a rehabilitation facility. Our practise number is 04770000179221.
  • Local municipality.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • The European Association for the Treatment of Addiction (EATA).
  • All professional staff are registered with their respective professional councils, including :

  • South African Council for Social Service Professionals (SACSSP)
  • Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
  • South African Nursing Council (SANC)
  • Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) – United Kingdom
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – United Kingdom
  • Scrc Logo/FAQ's

    How effective is addiction treatment?

    Addiction is a treatable disorder. Addicts can learn to control and manage their condition and live productive lives through treatment that is tailored to their individual needs.

    It has been "proven" that those who stay in treatment for longer than three months have better outcomes. It has also been shown that shorter treatment periods often perform in a similar fashion as if no treatment was undergone at all.

    It is widely believed that addiction is limited to the using and abusing of drugs and, therefore, it is expected that addiction will be cured, and will be cured quickly. In reality, addiction is a disorder that needs sustained input and management. "Extensive research shows, however, that addiction treatment can be as effective as the treatment of other chronic medical conditions.

    Due to the fact that addiction has so many dimensions and disrupts so many aspects of an individual's life, treatment is never simple. In order to be effective, the treatment programme needs to incorporate many components, each directed to a particular aspect of the illness and its consequences.

    In addition to stopping drug use, the goal of treatment is to return the individual to productive functioning in the family, workplace and community. This is established by achieving a paradigm shift from a "culture of addiction" to a "culture of recovery". Measures of effectiveness typically include levels of family functioning, employability and attitude.

    An integral part of successful recovery is the commitment of the addict and the support of the family. A strong emphasis is placed on the application of knowledge and skills learned, not only after leaving treatment, but during treatment as well.

    SCRC currently enjoys an exceptionally high sustained recovery rate of residents that successfully complete the programme.

    We adopt the approach that recovery is possible and achievable and we WILL do whatever it takes!

    How long is the duration of addiction treatment?

    Individuals progress through treatment at various speeds and it is, therefore, difficult to predetermine the length of treatment. Once an individualised treatment plan has been developed, and after the first month of treatment, a comprehensive assessment will be made in conjunction with all members of the therapeutic team and the family. Case reviews and continuous progress assessments play a role in influencing further interventions, and thus the expected treatment duration.

    The factors that impact on this include attitude, willingness, depth of addiction, polydrug use, length of use, drug of choice, health, and physical condition. Comorbidity and the prevalence of associated disorders, such as bi-polar or depression, also needs to be taken into consideration.

    "Research has shown, unequivocally, that good outcomes are contingent on adequate lengths of treatment; participation for less than 90 days is of limited effectiveness. This is particularly the case when dealing with cocaine, crack, (tik), heroin, and eating disorders. Often 30 – 90 days can pass before the abuser realises that they are in withdrawal" (UNODC – 2008).

    What has been shown is that the cravings and cycles thereof are very high after the initial 4-6 weeks of treatment. For this reason a secure and supportive environment is necessary.

    The minimum programme length at SCRC is six months. Treatment will only be considered to be complete once the resident has actualised all the requirements, which includes all work up to and including Step 7, and a comprehensive Relapse Prevention Plan, Warning Signs and Life Plan.

    Why can't drug addicts quit on their own?

    Nearly all addicted individuals initially believe that they can stop using drugs on their own, and most try to stop without treatment. Most of these attempts, however, result in failure to achieve long-term abstinence.

    "Research has shown that long-term drug use results in significant changes in brain function that persists long after the individual stops using drugs. These drug-induced changes in brain function may have many behavioural consequences, including the compulsion to use drugs despite adverse consequences."

    An understanding that addiction has an important biological component helps explain an individual's difficulty in achieving and maintaining abstinence without treatment.

    Psychological stress from work or family problems, social cues (such as meeting individuals from one's drug-using past), or the environment (such as encountering streets, objects, or even smells associated with drug use) interact with biological factors to hinder attainment of sustained abstinence and make relapse more likely.

    Effective life and management skills need to be learnt and practiced whilst in a protected environment in order for an individual to be given the most effective opportunity of a normal, purpose driven life.

    South Coast Recovery Centre

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