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: 14 Dec 2020

Why Christmas and the Holidays are Hard for Addicts

Glistening lights and colourful decorations spread across the community. Festive music fills the air. The aroma of savoury food tickles nostrils and wafts through the room with feelings of nostalgia and comfort. Smiles and laughter accompany the holiday season as family, and loved ones spend time together to celebrate. While the holidays are times that […]

Posted on: 01 Dec 2020

5 effective ways to stay happy whilst working from home

We have all had to adjust to situations, and things we never imagined were possible this year with Coronavirus the culprit for many of these unforeseen changes. Working from home has always been an option for many – particularly those with side hustles and working mum’s. Recently though, due to Covid-19, working from home has […]

Posted on: 27 Nov 2020

The Truth About Addiction and Creativity

How often do we hear of great artists, ones who earned the admiration of the world, who succumb to addiction and lose their lives to drug or alcohol abuse? Think of well-known musicians such as Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Jim Morrison, who died way too young from addiction-related causes. Then there are writers, like […]

Posted on: 27 Nov 2020

Top Ten Most Common Traits of Adult Children of Alcoholics

Growing up in a household where one or both parents suffered some form of substance addiction not only breeds chaos in the moment but can have a lifelong impact on the children involved once they reach adulthood. Children whose parents suffered from alcoholism tend to develop in different ways compared to those whose parents were […]

Posted on: 21 Nov 2020

Top Ten Effective Tips for Reducing Anxiety

Anxiety is defined as the feeling of being threatened or in danger. It’s a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that ranges from mild to severe. Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their life. The DSM-5 has identified a wide range of anxiety disorders such as specified anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, […]

Posted on: 19 Nov 2020

Purpose in Pain: The Power of Storytelling in Recovery

An article from Psychology Today states that telling your story “may be the most powerful medicine on earth.” How is this so, especially for us shy types who cringe at the idea of sharing anything to a group of others? Research and anecdotal experience show the power of storytelling in recovery can teach, entertain, comfort, and heal […]

Posted on: 17 Nov 2020

How Grief Can Help us Build Resilience

Resilience is ‘’the strength and speed of our response to adversity’’. In essence, emotional stability (such as Resilience) is the ability to bounce back quickly after tragedy has occurred. Grief and Resilience It’s hard (particularly for grievers) to imagine how the words ‘’resilience’’ and ‘’grief’’ could coexist in the same sentence much less go hand […]

Posted on: 11 Nov 2020

6 ways to identify our underlying needs

Learning how to identify our needs is an essential step in understanding human motivation, thought, and in some cases, any challenging and unhelpful behaviours someone might be displaying. Uncovering what it is that drives us to behave in specific ways is akin to peeling an onion – the more layers we peel, the more about […]

Posted on: 09 Nov 2020

How gratitude can make us happier

It was Karl Barth who once quoted that: ‘’Joy is the simplest form of gratitude’’, and he wasn’t wrong. Numerous studies show that having gratitude leads to gratefulness and fullness of life. Those who practise gratitude daily often have better health, a satisfaction of life and tend to be far happier in general. What is […]

Posted on: 29 Oct 2020

Codependency: what it is, how it begins, and how to stop it

The term “codependency” is often thrown around loosely, and it always brings with it a negative stigma. This term may seem straightforward, but it’s actually more complex than it appears. What is Codependency? According to Psychology Today, “codependency”  is a term used to describe a relationship, by  “being caring, highly functional, and helpful, one person […]

Posted on: 27 Oct 2020

Drugs and style through the decades

Since the beginning of humankind, it seems that people have been using drugs to change the way they feel. Perhaps it was to keep away tiredness on hunting expeditions or as part of spiritual or coming of age rituals. For instance, traces of the use of opium poppies from Stone Age settlements in Switzerland, Germany […]

Posted on: 20 Oct 2020

The Five Stages of Addiction Treatment

Substance abuse is a problem that kills millions of people every year. Statistics from the World Health Organisation show that an average of 3.3 million people die every year of alcohol abuse and 31 million people have drug use disorders.  Addiction is a disease that incapacitates its victims. Leaving them physically and mentally destroyed: incapable […]

Posted on: 12 Oct 2020

How to overcome social anxiety disorder

According to Psychologist Hans Eysenck, there are two main personality types – there are the introverted characters, and those who lean more towards extraversion.  Introverts tend to experience life in more subjective realms and prefer their own company over the company of others, while extroverts live in opposition to this. Extroverts tend to get their […]

Posted on: 07 Oct 2020

Top 7 modern-day addictions

Our modern world is a constantly moving place that stops for nobody. From the ever-growing workday to the internet and everything else we currently have access to at the tips of our fingers, humanity has never seen such an addicted time period before. While drug addiction and alcoholism are widely accepted as addictive practices, the […]

Posted on: 30 Sep 2020

Increasing rates of alcoholism and addiction throughout COVID-19

COVID-19 and the ongoing global pandemic has been an unprecedented moment in modern history. So far, it has led to nearly one-million deaths globally, with over forty-thousand of them being in the U.K. The pandemic changed every aspect of our lives. The indirect effects of COVID-19 are widespread, not only creating a historically volatile stock […]

Posted on: 24 Sep 2020

Spotting the signs of a personality disorder

Within the mental health community, personality disorders are defined as a set of mental illnesses involving long-term behaviours and thoughts that are rigid and unhealthy. What is Personality Disorder?  Psychiatrists believe personality disorder (PD) to be an innate pattern of behaviour that is specified in the way it develops (comparable to other mental health disorders […]

Posted on: 21 Sep 2020

5 self-care activities to try after rehab (and during the pandemic)

People who report feeling lonely are more than twice as likely to also have a substance abuse disorder. Loneliness is an epidemic, and it’s often a major cause of addiction. It’s also a big part of relapse. During treatment, we’re taught to rely on our friends and families for support, but given the global pandemic, […]

Posted on: 16 Sep 2020

6 ways to build resilience and why it’s so crucial

Resilience is the ability to bounce back quickly from difficulties, also referred to as a person being tough, stoic, flexible, and robust.  As you might be able to tell, there are plenty of adjectives that can be used to describe resilience! What is resilience and where can I get some? According to mental health experts, […]

Posted on: 10 Sep 2020

5 signs you might be suffering from a health anxiety disorder

Health anxiety sometimes referred to as ‘hypochondriasis’ is a debilitating mental health condition. Unfortunately, because of its nature, it can very often be challenging for medical professionals to accurately diagnose (in comparison to other mental health issues). What is Health Anxiety Illness anxiety disorder (or health anxiety) is a psychological disorder characterised by excessive preoccupation […]

Posted on: 29 Aug 2020

How to deal with anxiety & uncertainty in the COVID era

One of the reasons so many mental health conditions are known as a type of disorder is because they are when life seems to have gone out of order. Everything seems chaotic – and we don’t know what to do. For many people, this chaos in life can seem to be never-ending. That is unless […]

Posted on: 27 Aug 2020

Is rehab good for treating depression?

Many people think rehab centres are solely to help people suffering from an addiction. But in fact an increasing number of people are seeking treatment for depression at recovery and wellness centres such as White River Manor. Depression is a potentially life-threatening mental health condition. In all cases it should be treated immediately by professionals […]

Posted on: 26 Aug 2020

The benefits of sunlight on recovery

There are many aspects of South Africa that are undoubtedly outstanding. One of the first that always comes to mind is its abundant year-round sunshine. That warmth on the skin just seems to ease any physical aches away. As well, it’s known to be beneficial to any emotional healing. It’s not just the warmth of […]

Posted on: 24 Aug 2020

How shame and guilt affect people in recovery

It happens to most of us at some point in our lives – we say or do something that we regret in the heat of the moment, and it’s not long before we begin to experience an overwhelming sense of guilt. Perhaps we even go as far as assessing the situation over and over in […]

Posted on: 17 Aug 2020

What are the signs of porn addiction?

Addiction takes many devastating forms. It can be defined as any habitual behaviour that you cannot seem to stop doing even though it is detrimental to yourself and/or others. While most people associate addiction with drugs or alcohol, it can also be what is known as a behavioural addiction. These are compulsive behaviour patterns when […]

Posted on: 11 Aug 2020

The major signs of executive burnout

Everyone knows about the dangers of stress. This is especially true for executives who frequently work longer hours than anyone else – and under greater pressure. If stress like this persists, it can lead to “executive burnout“. This is such a serious condition being experienced by an increasing number around the world it’s now officially […]

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 […]