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Inpatient treatment centre

The starting point for all admissions, our addiction rehab primary facility  

We Apply a Holistic Approach to Addiction Recovery

Changes’ primary facility accommodates 16 patients and is situated in Northcliff Johannesburg. This is the most intensive phase of treatment and focusses on breaking denial and assisting a patient through detox and withdrawal. Patients have access to a number of therapeutic modalities on a day-to-day basis and are equipped with an array of tools for coping with life without the use of substances by the time they leave treatment.

Therapy is individualised catering for clients’ unique circumstances and needs. The facility is comfortable and secure with 24-hour supervision including by a registered and experienced nurse. Nutritious meals are provided and clients’ dietary needs are considered and catered for.

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Inpatient Treatment Programme

Our inpatient treatment centre provides holistic services aimed at helping patients to begin to live a recovery-focused life, free from active addiction. The treatment programme takes place over the course of 21 to 24 days.


The detox process removes drugs and alcohol from the body and is aimed at safely managing withdrawal symptoms when an individual stops taking substances. We provide safe and expertly managed therapeutic detox supervised by medical professionals. Every person’s detox will be different and will depend on the drug used and how long it was used.

Inpatient Treatment

For individuals who have tried and failed to get sober on their own, inpatient rehabilitation treatment is an advisable option. With round-the-clock residential care, patients are equipped with knowledge about their disease and a multitude of tools that they can use to avoid relapse and stay clean and sober.

24 Hour Supervision

Medical and addiction professionals are available throughout the day and capable nursing staff are on the premises 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A doctor is also on call for any medical issues patients may experience.


Research has found that approximately half of people who suffer from addiction also have another mental health condition, for example anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder. This is referred to as dual diagnosis. Patients at Changes have the benefit of consulting with a highly experienced addiction psychiatrist who is able to assist with all of the individual’s mental health needs.


Drugs and alcohol are not only physically addictive, individuals also become psychologically dependent on their substance of choice. This makes access to psychologists, and psychology-based counselling, an important part of the recovery process. Patients at Changes have access to psychologists who are experienced in addressing the psychological aspects of addiction and recovery. Many of our clients have also experienced trauma in their past and are able to work through this trauma during sessions with our psychologists.


One-on-one weekly sessions with experienced and certified addiction counsellors who help clients deal with the consequences of their addiction as well as identifying and overcoming triggers that could lead them back to using drugs or drinking.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy can help individuals rebuild the skills and abilities that were harmed or lost during active addiction and can therefor assist patients with coping with life and its challenges. The aim of occupational therapy is to help clients by providing them with tools to cope and function optimally in and out of treatment.

BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®

BWRT is a new and innovative type of psychotherapy that has been shown to reduce the symptoms of negative emotions. It is especially helpful for people who have experienced trauma, anxiety, fears and phobias. BWRT is advantageous as it is rapid in terms of achieving results, aiming to address an individual’s specific problem in only a few sessions.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy is a therapeutic technique that is well-established in treating addiction. It aims to improve an individual’s motivation to change, to reinforce abstinence with rewards or incentives and to help prevent relapses through training clients to respond differently to cues that they would ordinarily respond to by using drugs and/or alcohol.

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

Motivational Enhancement Therapy helps individuals overcome any uncertainty or hesitation in engaging in treatment and stopping their use of drugs or alcohol. It aims to strengthen a person’s internal motivation to change. 

12 Step Recovery

12 step programmes not only help people overcome addiction; they also serve as a guide to a new way of life. These fellowships connect clients with a community of people facing the same or similar challenges. 12 step fellowships provide an important post-treatment structure and help individuals maintain long-term recovery.

Addiction Education for Patients and Family

Patients and their loved-ones often benefit from a greater understanding of the nature of addiction and the process of recovery. At Changes we equip clients and their families with in-depth knowledge about the disease of addiction and how it traps individuals in cycles of destructive behaviour as well as how it impacts everyone who comes into contact with the addict or alcoholic.

We have over 100 years of combined experience

Client Testimonials

“A life-changing place for my whole family! We could not be more grateful. Thank you to Sheryl and team ❤️ I will be forever grateful to you all.”


“This rehab saves lives! I would only recommend Changes Addiction Rehab. Sheryl and her team are the best of the best!!!! Thank you, words can’t explain my gratitude.”


“I believe that Changes is making a difference. Excellent program with amazing staff. Changes Addiction Rehab is the place to go! I highly recommend it. They save lives..”