White River Manor is open during lockdown in South Africa

White River Manor is a registered essential service provider and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic continues to offer a world class therapetic programme. We have taken every precaution to maintain the integrity of our environment and screen clients both before and on arrival. Our staff too undergo regular testing and screening to ensure the safety of our clients.

    Drugs

    The dangers of buying drugs online

    Buying medicines online seems to have increased in popularity over the years, with more people buying drugs online than ever before. The question is, is it safe? What are the risk factors for buying drugs online? A global drug survey report conducted in 2018 showed that many people turned to the dark web to buy...

    Getting sober through individualised treatment programs at White River Manor

    White River Manor offers a world-class therapeutic program to help people seeking sobriety from substance abuse such as alcohol or drug addiction. Co-occurring mental health disorders As well as treating substance addiction, we also treat individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders such as depression, burnout and trauma. White River Manor Nestled within White River's sublime, quaint...

    Is there a link between psychosis and cannabis use

    Cannabis use, especially over a prolonged period, can affect an individual in a number of ways. When they first start taking marijuana (also known as weed, pot or dope), they experience a ‘high’, with sensations ranging from joy and a significant improvement in the mood to profound feelings of relaxation. However, like any substance, cannabis...

    Adolescents and addiction: how drugs affect young brains

    Adolescence is a critical time for brain development, and drug misuse and abuse can have a devastating impact on teenagers' lives if it is allowed to continue in this vulnerable growth phase. If you are worried about your teenager's use of drugs, it is essential to intervene sooner rather than later before permanent brain changes occur...

    Laced drugs: Why should you be worried?

    Lacing drugs is nothing new but what dealers are cutting drugs with now is very scary. They’re using more potent substances in the adulteration process that puts lives at extreme risk for the sole purpose of making more money and increasing the potency of drugs. People addicted to drugs commonly laced can get very sick from...

    Getting sober and living sober: what is the difference?

    Getting sober is the physical act of quitting drugs or alcohol, giving your body time to rid itself of harmful substances and restoring the natural balance of your brain structure and function. It’s commonly called “getting clean,” and usually involves medical detox to purge yourself of alcohol or drugs that have wreaked havoc on your...

    Is fentanyl the world’s deadliest drug?

    The simple answer is yes, illicit fentanyl is fast becoming the world's deadliest street drug. The 1970s were dominated by cocaine abuse, the 1990s by heroin abuse, and the 2000s by prescription drugs like Oxycontin and Vicodin. It appears we are facing a far-reaching, life-threatening crisis of fentanyl misuse, abuse, and poisoning in this era....

    What should you know about drug overdose?

    The death rate from drug overdoses is climbing across the globe at an alarming rate. A significant proportion of these deaths are linked to synthetic opioids abuse. In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States reported deaths linked to synthetic opioid overdoses (excluding methadone) had quadrupled since 1999. Not all...

    4 drugs that are the hardest to quit

    The four hardest drugs to quit change the brain’s chemical structure by messing with the production and absorption of dopamine or endorphins. Addiction to these drugs disrupts regions in the brain that are responsible for reward, motivation, learning, judgement and memory. Changes to your brain can become fixed with regular use of the substance as...

    Is drug addiction a mental illness?

    For many, it’s hard to wrap your mind around the fact that drug addiction is classified as a mental illness. Many non-addicts view it as something that the person has only “himself or herself to blame”. Addicts do indeed blame themselves, their family, their work or their social circumstances. Overcoming shame and guilt is part...