Programme For Addiction

The Haven Treatment Programme REALLY WORKS within the duration of our three month programme each client will benefit from regular sessions of professional interaction with a qualified psychologist or clinical social worker.

Treatment at The Haven Addiction Recovery Centre is built around a successful evidence based programme, which successfully blends the skills of a full-time professional psychologists, with trained (recovering) addiction counsellors and nursing staff.

Our recovery programme is also enhanced by the individually tailored use of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) as well as psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, interpersonal therapy and positive psychology.

Our Programme Includes:

  • A medical and psychosocial assessment.
  • An individualised treatment plan.
  • Regular individual sessions with our registered psychologists and addiction counsellors.
  • Daily group therapy sessions.
  • Completing  a life story.
  • CBT/12 Step based worksheets.
  • Attending two to three NA/AA meetings in Plettenberg Bay per week.
  • Informative/educational lectures by the psychologists, counsellors or guest speaker
  • Yoga and exercise classes.
  • Beach and Forest walks.
  • Vists to local places of interest


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

According to the cognitive behavioural therapy approach, addictive behaviours, such as drinking, drug use, problem gambling, compulsive shopping, interactive addiction, food addiction, and other types of harmful excessive behaviour, are the result of inaccurate thoughts and subsequent negative feelings. CBT has an excellent track record, with numerous studies demonstrating its effectiveness in treating depression, anxiety and other conditions, including addiction. Using the techniques of CBT it is possible to equip clients with a ‘cognitive tool box’ upon which they can draw when they experience the cognitive triggers that lead to substance abuse.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy encompasses a range of different therapies which focus on understanding the unique internal dynamics within a person which impact on their feelings behaviour and relationships. Psychodynamic psychotherapy adopts the view that insight or self-knowledge is an essential condition for lasting recovery and change. A trusting, consistent relationship with the therapist allows the individual to gradually reveal the patterns in their emotional and behavioural reactions that are causing problems. The therapist helps the client to explore and understand these problems.

Narrative Therapy

In Narrative therapy a person’s beliefs, skills, principles, and knowledge in the end help them regain their life from a problem. In practice a narrative therapist helps clients examine, evaluate, and change their relationship to a problem by acting as an “investigative reporter” who is not at the centre of the investigation but is nonetheless influential; that is, this therapist poses questions that help people externalize a problem and then thoroughly investigate it.

Intertwined with this problem investigation is the uncovering of unique outcomes or exceptions to its influences, exceptions that lead to rich accounts of key values and hopes—in short, a platform of values and principles that provide support during problem influences and later an alternate direction in life.


Interpersonal Therapy

There are seven types of interventions that are commonly used in IPT, many of which reflect the influence of psychodynamic psychotherapy: a focus on clients’ emotions; an exploration of clients’ resistance to treatment; discussion of patterns in clients’ relationships and experiences; taking a detailed past history; an emphasis on clients’ current interpersonal experiences; exploration of the therapist/client relationship; and the identification of clients’ wishes and fantasies. IPT is, however, distinctive for its brevity and its treatment focus. IPT emphasizes the ways in which a person’s current relationships and social context cause or maintain symptoms rather than exploring the deep-seated sources of the symptoms. Its goals are rapid symptom reduction and improved social adjustment.


Positive Psychology

A relatively new branch of psychology which contrary to beliefs is not the science of happiness, but rather the science of all that goes right (rather than wrong) with people. It includes happiness but extends far beyond this to resilience, perseverance, courage, optimism, curiosity and other positive topics, it teaches techniques to enable good decision making and inspire relationships.