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: 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.