Welcome to Nurture Harmony.

We are here to help people struggling with addiction.

With 12 years of rehabilitation experience, our client-centred programme gives you the very best chance of making a full recovery the first time around. We provide treatment that focuses on person-centred care, engagement, skill development and trauma-focused interventions. We strive to ensure that people have choices and become an active voice in their treatment. We are the facility of choice, which we believe is due to our compassionate team, ideal setting and world-class programme.

We’re here to help you or your loved one. What can we do to help?

Nurture Harmony Registered with the Department Of Health And The Department Of Social Development.  It is a member of the National Hospital Network and the Psychiatric Focus Forum

Nurture Harmony is registered with the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development. It is a member of the National Hospital Network and the Psychiatric Focus Forum

Discover freedom from addiction

Give yourself the best chance to rebuild your life.

ABOUT US

We offer people the best chance of getting through addiction. We offer holistic therapy for substance abuse that helps people to rebuild their lives and return home to their loved ones. We treat people suffering from the chronic and progressive addiction to alcohol, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, tik, prescription drugs, as well as food, sex, gambling and other process addictions.

In everything we do, the team at Nurture Harmony is professional, compassionate, welcoming, solution-orientated, non-judgmental and caring. Our programme is patient-centred, but we recognize that rehabilitation is a team effort, so we work hand in hand with the families of clients, as well as employers and referring professionals.

Our rehabilitation programme is globally aligned, scientifically proven and at the forefront of rehabilitation thinking, combining the treatment of mental health and substance abuse. This, supported by an ideal location and supportive staff, gives our clients the very best chance of making a full recovery the first time around.

10 REASONS CLIENTS CHOOSE US

1) 12 YEARS EXPERIENCE:
We have over a decade of experience, giving people suffering from addiction the very best chance of recovery.
2) DUAL DIAGNOSIS REHAB FACILITY:
We are a fully licensed facility in South Africa, able to treat clients with substance use disorders and/or mental health concerns, thereby focusing on all of the client’s needs.
3) MEDICAL AID COVERED AND FACILITATED:
A big barrier to rehabilitation programmes is the cost. We work with most medical aids to cover drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment. This means you have access to the best care, without the prohibitive cost. What’s more, we will take care of all the administration and paperwork so you don’t have to.
4) REGISTERED AND CERTIFIED:
We are registered with the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development, as well as being a member of the National Hospital Network and the Psychiatric Focus Forum.
5) IDEAL LOCATION AND FACILITY:
We are based in the scenic valley of Hout Bay in Cape Town, surrounded by mountains and ocean. Our facility offers comfortable accommodation with the option of a private room, good food, a tennis court, gym and swimming pool. In addition, clients have access to our beautiful surroundings, including walks on the local beaches and nearby mountain hikes. All of this forms part of the daily treatment programme.
6) TRAUMA-INFORMED ADDICTION TREATMENT:
Addiction is often linked to an underlying trauma. This is usually identified in the first few weeks of rehabilitation and we offer a secondary care programme focussing on resolving this trauma. Research shows that clients who spend a longer time in a rehabilitation programme, have a better chance of success and leading happy lives.
7) SPECIALISED DETOX UNIT:
We are one of the few facilities with a specialised medically managed detox unit with 24-hour care.
8) COMPREHENSIVE INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM:
We are made up of leading psychiatrists, experienced Detox GP’s, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, addiction councillors and registered nurses. Every team member represents what we stand for – caring, compassionate, professional, experienced and competent.
9) INCLUSIVE OF FAMILY AND EMPLOYERS:
We work hand in hand with our clients’ families, employers and referring professionals to enhance the chance of a success story.
10) HERE FOR LIFE:
Our intention is to be the last rehabilitation facility a client will ever visit. They will either make a full recovery first time round or they will continue their recovery process with us. Either way, we are always here for them.

MEET THE TEAM

Our team is made up of leading psychiatrists, experienced Detox GP’s, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers, addiction councillors and registered nurses. Every team member represents what Nurture Harmony stands for – caring, compassionate, professional, experienced and competent.

Siobhan Alford

FACILITY MANAGER

Siobhan runs the facility and will ensure your stay is a smooth as possible.

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Jeané Coetzee

CLINICAL MANAGER

Jeanè runs the clinical programme and ensures a tailor-made treatment process for each and every client.  for each and every client. for each and every client.

 

Elton Edwards

ADMISSIONS OFFICER

As your first connection to Nurture Harmony, Elton will help you with a smooth admission process.  for each and every client. for each and every client.

for each and every client.

Tracy Mann

NURSING MANAGER

Tracy ensures that all your medical needs are taken care of.

 for each and every client. for each and every client.  for each and every client. for each and every client.

OUR PROGRAMME

We take a scientific and medical approach to our rehabilitation programme. Combining the latest research in drug and alcohol addiction and the Minnesota Alternative Model of Addiction Treatment, we help our clients to rebuild their lives and return home to their loved ones.

The programme begins with a medically managed detox. We are one of a handful of facilities in South Africa with a specialised detox unit. We believe that this is a critical stage of starting the recovery process.

Our treatment team addresses substance abuse, mental health and trauma issues at the same time. We help clients to understand how past and current experiences affect their choices and behaviour. Addiction is often linked to an underlying trauma, which is usually identified in the first few weeks of rehabilitation, and we offer a secondary care programme focussing on resolving this trauma. This often means an extended stay.

Our driving force is for clients to lead happy and healthy lives after the programme and always feel part of our family. Working together, therapists and clients develop a Continuous Care programme that connects them with support groups and other resources within and outside of Nurture Harmony. We have many resources for clients and their loved ones, and there is a large community of past clients who regularly meet and offer one another support.

Addiction, Drug and Alcohol Rehab Hospital Centre – Harmony - Cape Town-South Africa.

OUR FACILITY

Nurture Harmony can be found in the beautiful village of Hout Bay in Cape Town. We are surrounded by mountains and the sea, offering a tranquil environment for rehabilitation.

Clients can make use of our gym, swimming pool and tennis court, as well as the table tennis and pool table in the games room. Apart from the programme activities, clients can go for mountain hikes, walks on the beach and a variety of other expeditions.

For those who wish, a private suite can be arranged.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

“Thank you to Harmony for showing me there is a way out from the darkness of active addiction and there is light on the other side.”

On this day exactly 6 months ago I walked into Harmony afraid, broken and hopeless. I couldn’t see a way out of my addiction after failing to recover so many times in 15 years. I want to say thank you to Harmony for showing me there is a way out from the darkness of active addiction and there is light on the other side. I’m eternally grateful to all the staff and counsellors, especially Michelle, Thank You. With this said I’m looking forward to the next 6 months ahead and hopefully many more years of real living.

Yesterday I “celebrated” 19 months clean & sober.

A HUGE thank you again to Harmony for giving me a great start to my new life on sobriety. You guys made me see what life would be like without the use of drugs & other mind-altering substances, and for that I am eternally grateful.

“What addiction took from me recovery is giving back to me one day at a time.” 

On this day 4 years ago I entered the gates to Harmony needing a new way of life but very much in denial of that fact. Through patience and perseverance I was able to find a new way of life and today 4 years later I still want to live this new way of life more than ever. What addiction took from me recovery is giving back to me one day at a time. I am forever grateful to Harmony and to everyone who has been a part of my journey.

“I wouldn’t have made it through had I not got the tools I did at Harmony.”

2 years ago, I stepped through your doors and started another chapter in my recovery journey. What a time it’s been since then…my own son was resuscitated back to life, I hit rock bottom, went into treatment for a year and he’s now 1yr 5m C&S himself now, me being very ill, brain tumour, losing my brother to cancer, leaving my job of many, many years as I just knew there’s more to life and also finding a mature and recovery-based love relationship during the past year!

Getting used to being treated so well was really difficult. Learning to trust, be vulnerable, honest and secure….scary stuff!! Ups and downs I wouldn’t have made it through had I not got the tools I did at Harmony.

Thank you so much and especially for your patience as I had real asshole behaviour when I was there. Thank you for your patience with me and thank you and all the other staff for all yr gifts and wisdom. They are so appreciated and I am so grateful. Xxx  

“Hey everyone! I just realised that today is my 20-month clean & sober “milestone”. Wow!!!!” 

I have so much to be thankful for, and so many people I have to thank for keeping me focused on sobriety. Being clean & sober is absolutely amazing!!

CONTACT US

harmony@nurturehealth.net
+27 (0)21 790 7779
+27 (0)86 602 2505
7 Valley Road, Hout Bay

We believe that we are the last facility that you or your loved one will need to visit, as we will offer you the best chance of getting through this. If you need help for yourself or a loved one, kindly get in touch.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Medical aid schemes are coming to realise that contributing to drug and alcohol addiction treatment is a viable way to keep their clients in good health.

Drug and alcohol abuse causes many associated health complications. Medical aid schemes minimise the risk of the costs of these related health problems by covering their clients with addiction treatment and is in their clients’ best interest and theirs.

Medical Aids And Addiction

Fortunately for people struggling with addiction, medical aid schemes are willing to pay for rehab the same way they would for any other illness.

Drug and alcohol addiction can affect anybody, and the recovery therapy is a long process that can cost a significant amount of money. Medical aid schemes have recognized this and include this type of cover in their plans.

Medical Aids Covering Drug Recovery

With the increase of knowledge that is being attained by psychologists and doctors, all research supports longer periods spent in treatment leads to more successful outcomes. Medical aid schemes are compelled to pay more for addiction treatment because of the growing number of professionals who agree that is belongs in a disease category, including time spent in rehab.

Dual Diagnosis Recovery Facilities

Nurture Health Recovery and Wellness hospitals are dual-diagnosis facilities and patients may take advantage of both psychiatric and substance abuse medical aid benefits. This extends the patient’s stay with us from 21 to 54 days where underlying trauma, that is often identified as the root of physical addiction, is treated.

Contact Your Nearest Nurture Health Recovery and Wellness Facility

Contact Your Nearest Nurture Health Recovery and Wellness Facility and let us consult your personal medical aid company today and discover their options on addiction treatment and rehab. It’s the first step to effective treatment for yourself or your loved one.

Factually speaking, though, every person who leaves our addiction treatment centres having defeated their addiction during their stay with us is seen as a success story. So in this sense our success rate is actually quite high, the trick lies in what happens after a person leaves our facility and faces their addiction without the constant interference of helpful staff.

It is also important to note that Nurture Health Recover and Wellnes Facilities offer a safe environment that is essentially free of judgement and can give much-needed assistance to an addict during the detoxification process. This allows an addict to better focus on the course laid out for them and eliminate the fear of failure that tends to put a big burden on those wanting to address their addiction.

Within our drug rehab facility, the patient will be encouraged to participate in a variety of treatments to come to terms with the truth of their addiction and how to better deal with it. These treatments can include holistic therapies, 12-Step programs, group sessions as well as one-on-one consultations designed specifically around the person’s needs and capabilities. All of this is done with the intention of teaching the patient new and better coping mechanisms, giving them the tools to deal with daily stressors.

Nurture Health addiction treatment centres are hugely successful during the time that the patient spends there and they work hard to help and support any person who suffers from substance use disorders and addictive behaviours. The effective treatment of substance use disorders and addictive behaviours does not stop after the patient leave and if motivated they may draw additional support from these centres at any time after their stay.

After Care

After leaving a centre, addicts are encouraged to stay focused on their goals by attending support groups and having emergency numbers close at hand. Counselling sessions can be easily arranged and clients can even enter back into the addiction treatment centre on a day to day basis or as is needed.

Before being discharged, therapists work with patients and develop an After Care program that connects them with support groups and other resources. Nurture Health has a vibrant recovery community that meet regularly for fellowship. Patients are always welcome to visit and enjoy talks from therapists, doctors and others suffering from addiction. Nurture Health makes the most of modern technology with many online resources that keeps patients and loved ones motivated, inspired and informed.

Now you find yourself in a position where you are very dependent on some form of illicit drug or addictive behaviour and you may be looking for ways to address your addiction. At least you are looking for a way forward now and can begin the journey back to a happy and normal life.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Did you know that even using a drug once classifies you as a drug user? Even while the effects of the drugs or alcohol you are using is temporary, there are some permanent and life changing occurrences happening within your body and, most notably, your brain. Drug use affects the area of the brain that is responsible for feelings of reward and motivation. This part of the brain is also in charge of your judgement skills and memory. This is why taking a drug is mostly pleasurable but can severely and negatively affect your decision making and alter your perception of reality.

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

Going to a drug rehabilitation centre can change your life and can offer you a realistic and optimistic outlook on your future. Some of the biggest benefits are:

Counselling

Counselling offers you the opportunity to come to grips with the reality of your addiction. During these sessions, you will learn new strategies in coping with your addiction in a non-judgemental environment. During counselling sessions you will also be equipped with coping mechanisms to deal with day to day stressors.

Medical Assistance

During the detoxification process, rehab centres will have medical assistance available if it is necessary. Withdrawal from some addictive substances, like alcohol, can cause serious complications and medical help can save your life.

Restoring Sociability

Addiction treatment centres encourages sociability, whether it is among a group of fellow recovering addicts or your friends and family. They also teach you how to create healthy relationships with new friends and acquaintances.

Other than the above, you have to consider the obvious; what happens if you don’t go to rehab even when you know you need help?

Many people attempt to make these vast changes by themselves and a small percentage may ultimately succeed. But if you are not fully equipped to manage your detox and recovery by yourself, you may not succeed at all. Attempting to detox from home could be dangerous and even deadly, especially when struggling with alcohol addiction and, without the right kind of support, will leave many people feeling helpless and discouraged.

Now you find yourself in a position where you are very dependent on some form of illicit drug or addictive behaviour and you may be looking for ways to address your addiction. At least you are looking for a way forward now and can begin the journey back to a happy and normal life.

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Did you know that even using a drug once classifies you as a drug user? Even while the effects of the drugs or alcohol you are using is temporary, there are some permanent and life changing occurrences happening within your body and, most notably, your brain. Drug use affects the area of the brain that is responsible for feelings of reward and motivation. This part of the brain is also in charge of your judgement skills and memory. This is why taking a drug is mostly pleasurable but can severely and negatively affect your decision making and alter your perception of reality.

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation

Going to a drug rehabilitation centre can change your life and can offer you a realistic and optimistic outlook on your future. Some of the biggest benefits are:

Counselling

Counselling offers you the opportunity to come to grips with the reality of your addiction. During these sessions, you will learn new strategies in coping with your addiction in a non-judgemental environment. During counselling sessions you will also be equipped with coping mechanisms to deal with day to day stressors.

Medical Assistance

During the detoxification process, rehab centres will have medical assistance available if it is necessary. Withdrawal from some addictive substances, like alcohol, can cause serious complications and medical help can save your life.

Restoring Sociability

Addiction treatment centres encourages sociability, whether it is among a group of fellow recovering addicts or your friends and family. They also teach you how to create healthy relationships with new friends and acquaintances.

Other than the above, you have to consider the obvious; what happens if you don’t go to rehab even when you know you need help?

Many people attempt to make these vast changes by themselves and a small percentage may ultimately succeed. But if you are not fully equipped to manage your detox and recovery by yourself, you may not succeed at all. Attempting to detox from home could be dangerous and even deadly, especially when struggling with alcohol addiction and, without the right kind of support, will leave many people feeling helpless and discouraged.

Psychological trauma most often occurs in someone who has lived through an event or situation that may have been particularly stressful. So much so that they struggle to cope with it by themselves and need professional help to guide them through the experience. In some cases where help isn’t sought out, the person suffering from the trauma may look for ways to cope on their own.

Many studies have been able to tie substance abuse with a traumatic experience. This may have happened in childhood and even during adulthood. The loss of a loved one, abuse or even war has all been linked in people who suffer from substance use disorders and addictive behaviours.

It is often these emotional fluctuations that lead people to use drugs or act in inappropriate ways in order to feel better or to simply forget for a little while. Whenever the feeling of anxiety or fear surfaces, a person will try to look for a way to clamp down on them. Using illicit drugs or alcohol gives them a moment of ‘peace’, allowing them space where they don’t have to think about all the hurt they are otherwise feeling.

Did you know that 2 out of 3 addicts have experienced some form of physical or sexual abuse in childhood?

Starting the healing process

Nurture Health rehabilitation centres offer addicts and those suffering from addictive behaviour, like gambling, a chance to deal with the trauma so that they may better understand their addictions. The trauma needs to be fully understood before any healing can take place and only then can the addiction or addictive behaviour be addressed. Professional counselling can offer insight to a patient and help them to start the process of recovering from their trauma, stopping the cycle of feelings of disrepair.

It is absolutely crucial that a person who has experienced a traumatic event get professional guidance on how to manage the aftermath during their day to day living. Whether the trauma is a one-time event or reoccurring, there are ways to manage it with the goal of restoring their lives for the better. If a person turns to addiction, the road becomes longer and harder to walk, but still not undoable. Even though addiction offers a brief respite, the best solution is to deal with it in a healthy and loving way.

Nurture Health offers all of their clients trauma counselling on a case to case basis. We believe that the solution for many addicts is to fully bridge the traumatic experience through professional guidance while taking on the addiction in a safe and judgement-free environment. If you have a loved one or you yourself is suffering from addiction, contact us for our full recommendations and to find out what we can do to help.

In basic terms, a dual diagnosis means that a patient has more than one illness that is being treated at the same time. A person suffering from drug addiction often struggles with some form of other mental illness, like anxiety disorder or moderate to severe depression. A physical illness combined with a mental disorder can lead to a patient having a dual diagnosis so that both illnesses may be treated simultaneously.

In most cases, one illness will lead to the second illness. For example, someone who struggles with an eating disorder (the psychological illness) may start to abuse stimulant drugs like cocaine in an attempt to keep losing weight (the physical illness). Or alternatively, the abuse of drugs over a long term can lead to a form of mental illness due to the drugs altering the brain function and responses.

It is vital that both illnesses be treated together because one will always offset the second. If you treat only one, then the other will cause a guaranteed relapse of some sort, depending on which one isn’t treated. Finding a dual diagnosis facility to assist the patient can be the difference between a much-improved outlook on life or constant failure to have a full recovery.

Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

The first step in treating a person with a co-occurring illness is to detox the patient in a safe environment to remove the drugs in their bodies. From there the real rehabilitation can begin in the form of counselling and programs specifically designed to suit each individual patient. Behavioural modification therapies can be useful in altering thought patterns and behaviours, assisting in the treatment of both disorders.

This means that individual treatment plans can be amended or adapted to better treat two different illnesses instead of just one. Some facilities only assist in the drug rehabilitation and then send the patient to a mental health hospital to have further treatment. But most patients prefer to look for an establishment that will treat both illnesses at the same facility.

Dual-Diagnosis Success

Dual diagnosis patients are very difficult to treat because symptoms may overlap or may indicate a different problem than expected. And if not treated properly, will lead to future relapse. One patient who is treating a drug addiction only may have a long road ahead to full recovery, but a patient with a dual diagnosis may take even longer, spanning into years of therapy and treatment.

That said, many people have been successfully treated and are now living happy and productive lives. With the help of the right facility and staff and the correctly prescribed medication, a person with a dual diagnosis can look forward to living a happy life with the people they love.

Today, many people are not being served optimally by the current standard models for addiction treatment, which includes the Minnesota model, 12-steps and AA. These include many people who respond poorly to AA and/or 12-steps and others who are simply not prepared – or able –to achieve abstinence, either immediately or in the long run. The alternative is “harm reduction” or “life improvement” in the absence of total abstinence.

“In recovery” used to mean someone who is abstinent after a struggle with substance abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s revised their definition in 2011 and now reads as follows: “Recovery from Mental Disorders and Substance Use Disorders: A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life and strive to reach their full potential.”

They have also outlined four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:

  • Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in physically and emotionally healthy way
  • Home: a stable and safe place to live
  • Purpose: meaningful daily activities, including work, school, volunteerism, family, friends, independence, income and resources
  • Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope

GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF RECOVERY

  • Recovery emerges from hope:The belief that recovery is real provides the essential and motivating message of a better future – that people can and do overcome the internal and external challenges, barriers and obstacles that confront them.
  • Recovery is person-driven: Self-determination and self-direction are the foundations for recovery as individuals define their own life goals and design their unique paths.
  • Recovery occurs via many pathways:Individuals are unique with distinct needs, strengths, preferences, goals, cultures and backgrounds, which include trauma experiences that affect and determine their pathways to recovery. Abstinence is the safest approach for those with substance use disorders.
  • Recovery is holistic:Recovery encompasses an individual’s whole life, including mind, body, spirit and community. The array of services and supports available should be integrated and coordinated.
  • Recovery is supported by peers and allies:Mutual support and mutual aid groups that include the sharing of experiential knowledge and skills, as well as social learning, play an invaluable role in recovery.
  • Recovery is supported through relationship and social networks:An important factor in the recovery process is the presence and involvement of people who believe in the person’s ability to recover, who offer hope, support and encouragement and who also suggest strategies and resources for change.
  • Recovery is culturally-based and influenced: Culture and cultural background in all of its diverse representations (including values, traditions and beliefs) are key aspects in determining a person’s journey and unique pathway to recovery.
  • Recovery is supported by addressing trauma:Services and supports should be trauma-informed to foster safety (physical and emotional) and trust, as well as promote choice, empowerment and collaboration.
  • Recovery involves individual, family, community strengths and responsibility:Individuals, families and communities have strengths and resources that serve as a foundation for recovery.
  • Recovery is based on respect: Community, systems, societal acceptance and appreciation for people affected by mental health and substance abuse problems – including protecting their rights and eliminating discrimination – are crucial in achieving recovery.

PARADIGM CHANGE

Addiction is often referenced to as chronic and progressive, while this may be the case for some – it is not true for all.

Advances in neuroscience have great implications for the delivery of addiction treatments that allow for brain “opportunities” instead of brain “illness”.

The brain is very powerful due to the fact that it is so sensitive to experiences, this is also why experiential learning is such a successful tool to use. Where we place our attention defines us at a neurological level and we have far more power to alter our brains, our behaviours and our personalities than previously thought possible. Many methods are available to train our brains, some techniques include, focused concentration, mindfulness, repetition, mental rehearsal, positive experiences as well as new and novel experiences. These methods can help us to change our thoughts, emotions and our behaviours.

Drugs and alcohol have an impact on the brain and the body, but so do lots of other factors such as stress, strong emotions, loneliness or trauma. Therefore the “disease” argument could be applied to any number of environmental variables that result in brain changes that are not welcome or positive. For example, loneliness can result in chemical and even structural brain changes that predispose to anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Addiction can be described as any repeated behaviour, substance-related or not, in which a person feels compelled to persist, regardless of its negative impact on his or her life and the lives of others. A big mind shift is needed to think of people who abuse substance or experience addiction, or people who suffer from depression or schizophrenia. They are people first, not “addicts” or “schizophrenics”. This is our approach and philosophy to treatment, we see clients as humans first, people that requires help and support and must be treated with dignity and respect.

OUR PROGRAM

Connecting with the people we serve is a predictor of their success.

The program focuses on engagement, skill development, personalized and holistic interventions as well as concepts from neuroscience.

The program specializes in serving people who experience both substance use issues and mental health problems – known as co-occurring disorders.