Giles Fourie
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Giles Fourie

Giles Fourie is passionate about providing the best care for clients seeking a safe and supported environment to help their recovery from substance abuse, anxiety, depression or co-occurring disorders. In his role as director and co-founder, Giles is continually looking at new treatment methods, seeking out the best new practices in the field of addiction and mental health therapy. Giles studied B Proc Law and has a BA in Theology. An entrepreneur with 25 years of corporate experience, he set up his first business at 21 and has travelled the world in pursuit of his goals. Having suffered his own demons, Giles decided he wanted to dedicate his career to help others. He has extensively studied the field of mental health therapy and proudly celebrates 15 years of sobriety. At White River Manor we strive to discover ways of improving our treatment program and finding pioneering methods, which will change the lives of many. Giving clients the opportunity to undertake a life-changing experience” is something that excites and motivates me. In his free time, Giles loves flying and aeroplanes and has completed his PPL. He is also a mountain bike enthusiast and loves pushing the envelope of endurance.

Posts by: Giles

Posted on: 15 Jul 2020

What is toxic shame?

Toxic shame is a deep emotion that causes an intense feeling of inadequacy. If not healed, it can lead to addiction, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and uncontrollable anger.  Someone suffering from toxic shame will have such low self-esteem that it will negatively impact on every area of their life. That includes their […]

Posted on: 14 Jul 2020

The benefits of group therapy

Group therapy is a popular form of treatment. It involves at least one therapist engaging with a number of people in therapy at the same time. It has been seen that this type of therapy helps a person to talk about issues with the support of other people who are going through similar problems. It […]

Posted on: 09 Jul 2020

What does anxiety do to you?

Anxiety is a feeling of worry and nervousness about something with an uncertain outcome. In mental health terms, it’s a serious nervous disorder marked by excessive uneasiness and apprehension – typically with compulsive behaviour or panic attacks. If someone is experiencing anxiety over a period of time, they may have an anxiety disorder such as […]

Posted on: 06 Jul 2020

How to know if you’re enabling addiction

An “enabler” is a person who encourages or allows self-destructive behaviour in another. That means any habit that’s detrimental to the person and usually those around them too. It’s most often used around someone addicted to alcohol or drugs. By enabling the addict it means the addiction is more likely to continue. For instance, it’s […]

Posted on: 30 Jun 2020

Helping executives to stay sober beyond residential treatment

Addiction recovery doesn’t end when a person finishes at rehab. Recovery is a lifelong pursuit of positive habit building, maintaining mental wellbeing and avoiding negative triggers that may lead to relapse. Executives who leave rehab and enter back into their fast-paced, overwhelming and stress-induced work environments, though, may have a hard time avoiding relapse. It […]

Posted on: 26 Jun 2020

10 best ways to beat stress

Stress is a state of mental and emotional tension that comes when we are facing or in a challenging situation. To a certain extent, it can be useful to help motivate and focus us. But all too frequently it becomes a debilitating condition. This is because it is not meant to be a state of […]

Posted on: 22 Jun 2020

Am I a drug addict?

Not everyone who takes drugs is an addict. Many users are able to control their substance intake and live a fairly normal life. Although in the long long-term, any level of substance abuse does affect our lives. If you are frequently using drugs, and are worried about the level of intake, how do you know […]

Posted on: 22 Jun 2020

Reasons to smile and be grateful

Children smile around 400 times per day, but as adults, we only smile about 20 times a day. That’s not healthy for adults as it’s been proven that smiling is good for us. Not only that, it’s good for the world around us. “Smile and the world smiles with you.” (The often unheard part of […]

Posted on: 19 Jun 2020

What is clinical depression?

There’s a big difference between feeling a little sad and having depression. In fact, we are made to have all sorts of emotions ranging from joy to sadness. They are a completely natural part of life. But they should not be our “normal” state. So if someone feels down for more than a few days, […]

Posted on: 16 Jun 2020

Tech addiction: do you have a problem?

If this headline has piqued your interest, it’s probably because you’re questioning whether you do indeed have an addiction to technology.  Are you dependent on your devices? Do you feel the need to be in constant contact with others? Do you find yourself obsessively checking for emails, messages, missed calls? Are you continually engaged on […]

Posted on: 11 Jun 2020

The Reenactment of Trauma

It seems like a riddle: those who have experienced past trauma often put themselves in situations to experience similar trauma. It’s not a conscious decision either. They don’t think to themselves: I will put myself through more pain on purpose. These people may continuously find themselves in toxic, abusive relationships. They may become violent, chronically […]

Posted on: 09 Jun 2020

How Pet Therapy Can Help Addiction Treatment

There are so many stresses in life between work, personal relationships and social commitments. Sometimes we forget that contact with another being can seriously affect our stress levels – in a positive way! Believe it or not, science research has established that daily cuddles with your pet are good for both of you. Just 30 […]

Posted on: 03 Jun 2020

7 Effective Ways to Manage Anxiety and Stress During a Pandemic

Buzzwords such as ‘stay home’ and (even more recently) ‘stay alert’ have sparked off their very own movements in recent months. This aside, how are people coping psychologically amid the pandemic and crucially, how can they manage their mental health during this unprecedented time? Origin of Pandemics The Spanish flu that erupted in 1918 killed […]

Posted on: 29 May 2020

I Can’t Get No Sleep: Sleeping Pill Addiction

We have all experienced a bad night’s sleep. Lying there counting sheep in the hope it will send us back to sleep. Or waking up in the middle of the night with a thousand thoughts running through our mind. The alarm goes off at 6 am, and we’re back up and heading for work feeling […]

Posted on: 28 May 2020

Top 10 Reasons Why South Africa Is the Perfect Destination for Rehab

Finding the perfect location for rehab isn’t always easy. For most, it requires an environment that provides enough stimulation without feeling overwhelming or feeding bad habits. There is a myriad of reasons why you should choose South Africa as the ideal luxury rehab destination, such as nature, wildlife, culture, and excellence in the field of substance […]

Posted on: 26 May 2020

Living with high-functioning anxiety disorder

Stress brought on by an anxiety disorder can be severe enough to interfere with daily activities and affects those around us in obvious and observable ways.   High-functioning anxiety, however, is not as detectable, mostly because those living with it continue their day-to-day life and appear to be fine on the outside. Internally, however, things are […]

Posted on: 22 May 2020

The link between childhood trauma and addiction

Through exhaustive research, psychologists are slowly discovering the reasons and triggers which cause substance abuse and addiction. Research tells us that biological and experiential factors trigger addiction.  Categorised as a chronic psychiatric disease, addiction forces the person to seek recompense in substance abuse. However, although there is no research to prove it, evidence leads us […]

Posted on: 21 May 2020

The importance of good nutrition for mental wellbeing

You may have noticed that what you eat and drink can lift or lower your spirits. It affects how we feel, think and even how we behave. Some foods are known to lift your mood, concentration and energy levels, while others can have the opposite effect. For example, eating a diet rich in fresh fruits, […]

Posted on: 20 May 2020

Why alcohol is never the solution

There’s no denying it. Alcohol is an integral part of everyday life for many of us. We joke about our intake and the need for alcohol to get us through stressful situations. Mostly, we don’t even consider alcohol to be a drug, in the sense of marijuana, cocaine or heroin.  Albeit in the back of […]

Posted on: 15 May 2020

The benefits of quality time in the great outdoors to improve mental health

Research generously and continuously supports ecotherapy as a key benefit to mental health. In fact, just the suggestion of nature seems to improve human mental health. A study carried out by Mind found that 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outdoors. They noted a change from depressed, stressed and anxious, […]

Posted on: 15 May 2020

Why Luxury Rehab in South Africa is Excellent Value for Money

Once you have taken the decisive step towards professional help. Your choice of where to undergo treatment should be based on finding a centre that closely matches your rehabilitation goals and offers an encompassing and safe environment. There is a much greater likelihood of success when you have access to treatment that has a high […]

Posted on: 12 May 2020

How to Cope with Chronic Stress and Anxiety

You’ve missed the train and will be late for an important meeting. Your deadlines are getting tighter, your hours longer, and you’re always under pressure to perform at peak level. All of these scenarios can cause us to feel stressed out. Most of the time, that’s okay, as stress is a natural reaction to events […]

Posted on: 07 May 2020

A Holistic Approach to Executive Burnout

You have been working at maximum velocity. Long working hours mean you have little time to rest, exercise or sit down to a healthy and relaxed meal. When you do finish work, there is peer pressure to head out to play as hard as you have worked.

Posted on: 27 Apr 2020

Why Choose South Africa as a Luxury Rehab Destination

There’s no denying it, White River Manor is a very special place. Nestled along the White River and set within a beautiful 100-year-old garden, the centre is encompassed by agricultural farmscape and rolling hills, with the tropical African Lowveld forests in the distance. The town of White River is home to many creative people, including […]

Posted on: 27 Apr 2020

Executive Burnout: the Road to Recovery

The road to success is not without its potholes. Long hours and high demands placed on executives and business owners can lead to considerable stress and ultimately executive burnout.  Although many of us think it’s possible to live on pure adrenalin alone, sadly it’s not the case. A 2018 Gallup study of 7,500 employees found […]

Posted on: 20 Apr 2020

What You Need to Know about Ecstasy

They call ecstasy the ‘love drug’ because it ramps up your sensations and people using it feel things at a heightened level; colours, sound and touch. It’s great if you’re clubbing or at a manic music concert because you lose all your inhibitions and can dance and rave all night long. And sex on ecstasy […]

Posted on: 20 Apr 2020

South Africa Luxury Rehab

The go to luxury executive rehab facility for South Africa Nestled in an ancient garden on the outskirts of the town of White River, the gateway to the Kruger National Park, White River Manor offers a comprehensive treatment programme tailored to meet the individual needs of clients seeking peace and quiet in one of the […]

Posted on: 20 Apr 2020

Is Weed a Gateway Drug?

In other words, will using weed lead to harder drugs? That’s a question many people are asking now that dagga is legal for private use in South Africa. There were a lot of funny memes doing the rounds on social media when the news broke in September 2018 but the bigger debate is, “is South […]

Posted on: 20 Apr 2020

Am I an Addict?

This is a question only you can answer and it’s not the easiest thing to do. Unless you’ve got to a really bad place in your life and risk losing everything; you can go a long time thinking, “I can handle this”. But in the end, the drugs you’re using will end up controlling you. […]

Posted on: 20 Apr 2020

The 12 Step Program: How does it work and is it still relevant?

Recovery is a long journey of self-discovery and you walk it by taking one step at a time. One approach is to follow the 12-step programme that has strong spiritual roots and offers guiding principles to uncover deep-seated behavioural issues that drive addiction. There is much debate whether the world-acclaimed 12-steps programme is still relevant […]

Posted on: 14 Apr 2020

Do Interventions Actually Work?

An intervention is often a last-gasp attempt to convince a loved one struggling with addiction to get help. They’ve become more and more popular over the last 20 years and given rise to reality TV shows where families are filmed confronting a son or daughter in the grip of a drug or alcohol addiction. The […]

Posted on: 14 Apr 2020

Addiction & Mental Illness… which one comes first?

Dual diagnosis is so common that most alcohol and drug recovery centres expect to find it in a patient. It’s where a patient is diagnosed with a mental illness and a co-occurring addiction. This ranges from alcohol and drug addiction to an addiction to sex, gaming and stealing. Studies show that at least 50% of […]

Posted on: 13 Apr 2020

Do I have Executive Burnout?

Harry arrived at White River Manor seeking help for executive burnout. It had been a hard, exhausting year with excessive stress building up month after month. A short stint in a calm, tranquil environment was what he needed to escape the relentless pressures of work and get back on track physically, mentally and emotionally. Healthy […]