Getting treatment for addiction is a major step to take for anyone. So, naturally, you must give careful consideration to your destination.
There are several factors that must be taken into account when choosing a rehab centre. You want to balance quality of care and affordability, but also location.
Where you go is incredibly important and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Proximity isn’t necessarily a good thing. In fact, many people find that a change of scenery forms a key part of their recovery. That’s because everyone has triggers that are closely related to their usual environment. Therefore, getting away – or, better still, abroad – can allow them to disconnect from the harmful scenarios they encounter in their day-to-day life, whether they come as a result of work, problems with family or romantic relations or simply in the form of toxic individuals.
A trip to South Africa for your recovery could therefore be exactly what you need.
Here we have 7 reasons to book your rehab at White River Manor now.
1. Beautiful nature and wildlife – perfect to disconnect
If you’re a high-achieving individual, you’ll most likely spend all of your time in city environments. Meeting after meeting in high-rise office blocks, hours spent in airports or in front of a computer screen can all take a toll.
In order to truly disconnect and get away from the environment that is trapping you in a vicious circle of bad habits, turn your back on the concrete jungle and immerse yourself in nature and embrace its healing powers.
Being in a natural environment has been shown to be essential for reconnecting and learning self-control. It goes without saying that exposing yourself to the elements reduces stress levels and helps you to clear your mind. What’s more, the outdoors presents many opportunities to exercise, allowing both your mind and body to heal simultaneously.
South Africa has plenty of nature to offer, with an abundance of diverse and wonderful scenery that will take your breath away.
White River Manor is one such place. Nestled along the White River and set within a beautiful 100-year-old garden, the centre is surrounded by an agricultural farmscape and rolling hills, with the tropical African Lowveld forests in the distance.
And let’s not forget, it’s also within a stone’s throw of the Kruger National Park.
Choosing a destination far removed from the norm will help you regain control over your choices.
2. A great climate for recovery
Another way South Africa can provide the change you need is that it has excellent weather – the perfect climate for your recovery.
Many studies have shown that feeling the sun on your skin can have huge benefits for your mental and physical well-being. Not only does it improve your mood, it also encourages better quality sleep and lowers blood pressure.
South Africa enjoys a lovely, temperate climate with plenty of sunny, dry days. White River enjoys a warm climate, with mild winters and a sub-tropical climate, making for an ideal rehab destination.
Choosing a recovery centre in a place where you can get out and enjoy fresh air, a natural environment and a sunnier, warm climate, can go a long way towards aiding recovery.
Trading short, grey days in the northern hemisphere for long, sunny days in the southern hemisphere could be exactly what you need.
3. There’s lots to do in South Africa
South Africa is incredibly well-connected. Though it might seem a long way from Europe or America, it’s a popular tourist destination with various direct flights into Johannesburg and Cape Town, posing an excellent opportunity to experience some of the world’s top tourist destinations.
Exploring new places during your recovery is an excellent way to start seeing your own world in a different light, broaden your horizons and enhance your creativity and resilience.
Cape Town could be just that place. It frequently ranks among the most beautiful cities in the world and its vibrant and happy culture makes life without substance abuse or anxiety seem possible.
During your stay at White River Manor, our location means we can organise a trip there for you. Perhaps you could take inspiration from the eclectic and vibrant culture there.
Likewise, we put on other incredible activities and adventures for guests, such as a one-day safari in the Kruger National Park – one of South Africa’s largest and most renowned game reserves, where you can encounter The Big Five.
People find that they often do better in recovery when they stay busy. This is because their mind is distracted from cravings and is focused on an activity instead.
Fortunately, South Africa has no shortage of activities. During a stay at White River Manor, you can hike, do mountain biking, yoga, horse trail riding, white water rafting, learn about African dancing and take daily advantage of our swimming pool and spa.
4. A vibrant and varied culture
South Africa is frequently called a “rainbow nation”. With a number of cultures and religions, both the landscape and the lifestyle are enriched.
The town of White River itself is home to many creatives, including several globally recognised artists, inspired by one of South Africa’s most naturally beautiful areas.
Immersing yourself into the experience, as you remove yourself from your work or worries, can allow you to learn about something you’ve never experienced and maybe give you new perspectives on life.
One thing’s for sure, the rich history and culture of South Africa is something you’ll come away treasuring for the rest of your life.
5. Some of the world’s top rehab programs
Nowadays South Africa is recognised as one of the top locations in the world for substance recovery programs, with particular excellence in the field of substance abuse and burnout.
This is because, unfortunately, it is one of the top nations in the world for drug use, with illicit drug use in particular recorded as twice the global average in 2009.
But every cloud has a silver lining, and South Africa now has an abundance of world-class rehab centres, including White River Manor.
Here, we’re proud to have a world-class team of therapists and addiction specialists with decades of experience who are on hand to provide bespoke treatment through holistic and collaborative therapy.
We have a dedicated team of addiction specialists, four full-time clinical psychologists, counselling psychologists, a professor of psychiatry, a CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) expert and a behavioural specialist.
At White River Manor we believe that creativity and self-expression are an important part of the recovery process. Our program incorporates art and music classes, which are facilitated by a registered art counsellor and music therapist.
A dietician and personal trainer look after your health and fitness requirements, and a dedicated team of nurses are on-site 24 hours a day.
6. Excellent value for money
Money shouldn’t be a barrier to getting the treatment you need. American and European rehabilitation programs can be very expensive – and many people end up sacrificing their level of care and don’t get satisfactory results.
However, in South Africa that doesn’t have to be the case. In recent years, the South African Rand has depreciated enormously against the US dollar, Pound Sterling and the Euro, making South Africa excellent value for money both as a travel destination, as well as an excellent choice for clients looking for a luxury rehabilitation program.
Now you can get high-quality treatment at a fraction of the cost compared to what you would pay at home.
At White River Manor, our tailor-made programs offer excellent value for money. We offer a five-star, fully supportive environment with the country’s leading treatment specialists, all working towards your recovery.
Travelling abroad for treatment means you can benefit from a professional team with decades of experience without sacrificing the quality of treatment you deserve.
7. You can be anonymous here
Most people who have decided to seek help for drug or alcohol abuse are reluctant to share this information with others. They might not even tell their families.
This is especially the case with successful individuals who could have a lot to lose if their struggles come to light.
Such levels of privacy and discretion aren’t always possible when you opt for treatment locally. By contrast, choosing a rehabilitation centre abroad, especially if it’s in a different hemisphere, can practically guarantee that.
You don’t have to disclose the reason for your trip, you can undertake your treatment away from the prying eyes and questions of your friends and associates.
Start your recovery now at White River Manor
If the country where you reside can’t inspire you to get clean and sober, consider South Africa. It really has everything.
South Africa’s culture, wildlife, and nature make it the optimal place for rehab. In addition to top medical support, you’ll feel safe and supported during your stay.
If you’re suffering from burnout or addiction, head to South Africa for the best value and results.
To find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.