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    The Top 10 Rehab Centres in South Africa

    Published on June 14, 2024

    For individuals in Northern Europe or the USA seeking effective rehabilitation for addiction, depression, or executive burnout, South Africa presents an exceptional option for recovery.

    Choosing to undergo treatment in South Africa offers a unique blend of affordability, quality care, and a refreshing change of environment that can significantly enhance the recovery process. The cost-effectiveness of treatment is one of the most compelling reasons to choose South Africa.

    The depreciation of the South African Rand against the Euro, Sterling, and the US Dollar means that high-quality, luxury rehab programs in South Africa are available at a fraction of the cost of similar programs in Europe or the US without compromising on the quality of care.

    South Africa’s stunning natural landscapes and favourable climate provide a rejuvenating backdrop for sustainable recovery and wellness.

    The benefits of nature in reducing stress and promoting emotional well-being are well-documented. 

    South Africa’s diverse scenery—from the magnificent Kruger National Park to the serene White River area—offers ample outdoor activities such as safaris, hiking, and yoga.  These activities are integrated into the rehabilitation programs, promoting physical health and mental clarity.

    We have outlined the top 10 rehabs in South Africa to aid you in your decision.

    1. White River Manor, Plaston, White River

    White River Manor provides customised treatment programs that not only meet the highest standards of addiction treatment but also incorporate the latest therapeutic techniques to help you reclaim a life of fulfilment and freedom, one you truly deserve.

    Their team understands that every journey is unique, so your treatment plan will be tailored to address your specific needs and preferences.

    Through our individualised approach, They can help you recognise and change the negative thought patterns and emotions that often lead to harmful behaviours such as substance use. 

    With reliable therapeutic tools, they’ll guide you in replacing unhealthy coping mechanisms, ensuring that you achieve lasting success on your path to recovery.

    They treat the following addiction and mental health issues:

    • Alcohol addiction treatment
    • Drug addiction treatment
    • Trauma treatment 
    • Depression treatment
    • Anxiety treatment
    • Dual diagnosis 
    • Pain recovery program

    The addiction and mental health treatment programs include the following:

    • Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
    • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)
    • EMDR therapy (eye movement desensitisation reprocessing)
    • Group therapy
    • Family support
    • 12-step program
    • Mindfulness therapy

    They also provide comprehensive, bespoke dual diagnosis programs to clients with co-occurring mental health disorders, providing individualised treatment to clients and their families.

    What else do we treat?

    As well as offering substance use and co-occurring disorder treatment, White River Manor also treats the following issues:

    • Executive burnout
    • Stress treatment
    • Pain recovery program

    The team

    The world-class, multi-professional team at White River Manor has decades of experience and extensive knowledge in restoration, wellness, addiction, and dual diagnosis.

    Our team is fully equipped to help clients achieve the breakthroughs they need and consists of the following:

    • Addiction counsellors
    • Psychologists
    • Equine therapists
    • Trauma-informed professionals
    • Art facilitators
    • Professional nurses

    The founders, Gerry, Jeanine, and Giles, started White River Manor based on the core principle of treating our clients with the dignity, respect, and understanding they need and deserve to set them on course for a therapeutic process that they believe to be a “life-changing experience.”

    “Our friendly, compassionate team combines evidence-based approaches, such as behavioural and trauma treatments, with experiential therapies like mindfulness and music and art therapy to ensure a well-rounded, effective treatment program that lasts.

    Contact our friendly team today to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.

    We are always here to offer guidance and support in whatever way you need.”


    Jatinga Road, Plaston, White River, 1240, South Africa

    Pricing information

    Treatment fees and accommodation costs are available on request by contacting the White River Manor team.

    2. Connection Mental Healthcare, Cape Town, South Africa

    Connection Mental Healthcare

    Connection Mental Healthcare provides a range of bespoke treatments and therapies to clients with the following addiction issues in Cape Town:

    • Alcohol addiction
    • Cocaine addiction
    • Cannabis addiction
    • Ketamine addiction
    • Speed addiction
    • Gambling addiction
    • Gaming addiction

    Their addiction treatment programs include a combination of the following:

    • Medical detox
    • Clinical treatment, which provides evidence-based therapies such as the 12-step treatment model
    • Family support program
    • Aftercare and support 

    Connection Mental Healthcare also provides dual diagnosis treatment to its clients.

    These programs are incredibly effective for those with co-occurring disorders as clients can explore and address the underlying reasons for their substance use, helping them to manage and control any addictive cravings or urges to use substances in the future, as well as developing healthy coping skills and resilience.

    This rehab centre also operates on a low client-to-staff ratio, meaning clients entering rehab can expect more one-on-one care and support throughout their recovery journey.

    What else do they treat?

    As well as providing substance use disorder treatment, Connection Mental Healthcare also treats the following mental health issues:

    • Burnout
    • Depression
    • Trauma
    • Low self-esteem
    • Relationship difficulties

    How they treat

    Connection Mental Healthcare provides inpatient treatment to help their clients break through the cycle of addiction using a range of evidence-based approaches, such as:


    As someone entering rehab, no matter how often you’ve been through the process, you’ll likely know how vital your treatment team is in helping you achieve and sustain your ideal recovery goals for sobriety and wellness.

    It’s always a good sign when your treatment team has a diversified approach. 

    As we’ve already discussed, the most effective addiction programs blend various modalities and approaches to help their clients achieve the best recovery outcomes.

    Therefore, a treatment team that brings a wealth of experiences and knowledge to the recovery process can be instrumental in improving client outcomes and success rates.

    The Connection Mental Healthcare team consists of:

    • Psychiatrists
    • Clinical psychologists
    • Medical doctors
    • Nursing consultants
    • Addiction specialists
    • Aftercare coordinators
    • Sports and Lifestyle coaches

    It’s always a good idea to confirm what type of specialisms and experiences your treatment team possesses.

    However, having a mixture of different specialisms, such as therapists who are trained in addiction and trauma, is often a good indicator of a successful, robust recovery program.


    3 Rodwell Road, St James, Western Cape

    Pricing information 

    Connection Mental Healthcare is a private rehab centre, so you must pay for your treatment.

    The cost you pay depends on the type of treatment you require, the length of treatment, and the type of accommodation you choose.

    For instance, you may prefer their shared accommodation service or opt for your own private room – both options can be discussed during your consultation.

    Note: Connection Mental Healthcare offers a twenty-eight-day minimum rehab treatment period. However, the team recommends at least forty-two days of treatment for clients to achieve the most long-lasting, effective outcomes.

    3. Freeman House Recovery, Haartbeespoort, North West, South Africa

    Freeman House

    Freeman House Recovery specialises in treating and diagnosing alcohol and drug addiction, gambling, and co-occurring mental health issues.

    Providing their clients with a “homelike setting” instead of a clinical treatment environment, the team at Freeman House Recovery offers a range of adventure therapies, art classes, yoga, and meditation to help maximise your recovery.

    They also offer the following evidence-based treatments as part of an integrated program:

    • Medically controlled and assisted detox
    • Holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment
    • Trauma counselling
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy
    • Dialectical behaviour therapy
    • Group therapy
    • Individual therapy
    • A family support program

    In addition to the above, Freeman House Recovery also provides the following facilities at their centre in Haartbeespoort in North West South Africa:

    • Gym and sauna facilities
    • Swimming pool
    • Strength and fitness coaching
    • Home cooked meals
    • Luxurious inpatient accommodations

    What else do they treat?

    As well as providing addiction and mental health treatment to clients with alcohol and drug use disorders, they also offer treatment for the following issues:

    • Burnout
    • Eating disorders
    • Behavioural addictions such as love, shopping, and gambling addiction


    The clinical team at Freeman House Recovery comprises addiction therapists, counselling psychologists, social workers, family counsellors, nurses, yoga instructors, and a personal trainer to ensure their clients get the most comprehensive treatment program possible.

    Location details

    7 Cloister Street, Meerhof, Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa

    Located in a picturesque sanctuary nestled within the serene backdrop of the Magaliesberg Mountains, a place known for being South Africa’s “best kept secret,” clients entering rehab treatment at Freeman House Recovery can enjoy a fully immersive space to revitalise and recover.

    Pricing information 

    Treatment costs are available on request by contacting the Freeman House Recovery team.

    4. Anker Huis, Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa

    Anker Huis

    Anker Huis is a luxury boutique treatment centre that focuses on exploring the root causes of addiction and substance abuse, offering bespoke, individualised treatment programs to its clients in Cape Town.

    The team at Anker Huis prides itself on being “a place of healing, where comfort meets care,” offering world-class, evidence-based addiction treatment that is flexible to each individual’s needs and preferences.

    What they treat

    Anker Huis diagnose and treat the following addiction and mental health issues:

    • Alcohol addiction
    • Drug addiction
    • Prescription drug addiction
    • Sex and love addictions
    • Gambling addiction

    How they treat

    Anker Huis provides bespoke treatment programs for substance use disorder and co-occurring mental health issues, such as:

    • Inpatient treatment
    • Family programs
    • Co-occurring disorder treatment
    • Individual therapy
    • Group therapy
    • Mindfulness techniques


    At Anker Huis, the team’s approach is rooted in its commitment to providing comprehensive care for addiction and mental health issues.

    The team is comprised of the following:

    • Psychologists
    • Psychiatrists
    • Medical doctors
    • Social workers
    • Addiction counsellors

    Location details

    36 Tennant Road, Kenilworth, South Africa, 7708

    Pricing information 

    Prices for addiction rehab treatment at Anker Huis are available on request. 

    Additionally, the team at Anker Huis highly recommends its three-month treatment program, which requires a minimum stay of thirty days.

    5. Journey Recovery and Wellness Ballito, Ballito, South Africa

    Journey Recovery and Wellness Ballito is a luxurious addiction and mental health treatment facility offering customised treatment programs to clients in a family-style setting.

    This Ballito-based rehab centre provides tailored treatment programs to clients based on their unique needs and obstacles. 

    The treatment team operates on the principle that each individual is unique, so their path to recovery will be as distinct as they are.

    What they treat

    Journey Recovery and Wellness Ballito provides specialist treatment programs for the following conditions:

    • Substance use disorders
    • Behavioural issues
    • Anxiety
    • Depression

    How they treat

    The team at Journey Recovery and Wellness Ballito offers a range of bespoke addiction and mental health services, including the following:

    • Comprehensive evaluations
    • Medical detox
    • Inpatient treatment
    • Outpatient treatment
    • Interventions

    In addition to the above, this South African-based rehab centre also offers a range of activities to clients as part of an integrated treatment program, such as:

    • Hiking
    • Yoga
    • Canoeing
    • Stand up paddling
    • Arts and crafts
    • Local wildlife safari excursions 


    The team has more of a close-knit feel than other rehab centres, with the centre’s founders having extensive experience with substance abuse issues themselves.

    This can make for a much more personalised recovery program, as who better to treat you than someone who fully understands the unique and very often complex challenges associated with addiction?

    With their trauma-informed approach, clinical expertise, and lived experience, the team fully understands how disconcerting it can be to first enter treatment.

    This understanding is crucial, as being comfortable and feeling “seen” by others are often essential ingredients to long-lasting recovery from substance use and other mental health challenges, which is something this rehab centre can offer.

    Location details

    12 Douglas Crowe Drive, Dolphin Coast, Ballito

    Located only thirty minutes from Umhlanga, forty-five minutes from Durban, and twenty-five minutes from King Shaka airport, Journey Recovery, and Wellness Ballito’s rehab center is relatively easy to access, particularly for those traveling overseas for treatment.

    Pricing information 

    Treatment fees are available on request. 

    However, it may help you to know that Journey Recovery and Wellness Ballito accept medical aid payments and are registered with all major medical aid providers.

    6. The Cedars Midlands Estate

    The Cedars Midlands Estate specialises in treating substance and behavioural addictions in a forty-patient residential estate facility.

    This rehab centre, located on scenic farmland in Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, offers clients peace, privacy, and possibility. It is the perfect foundation and ideal setting for long-term recovery.

    What they treat

    The Cedars Midlands Estate team specialises in treating various chemical and behavioural addictions, including:

    • Alcohol addiction
    • Heroin addiction
    • Ketamine addiction
    • Marijuana addiction
    • Prescription opioids addiction
    • Gambling disorder
    • Shopping addiction
    • Sex addiction
    • Exercise addiction
    • Social media addiction

    How they treat

    The Cedars Midlands Estate team utilises a three-phased approach to addiction treatment, including:

    • A primary phase
    • A secondary phase
    • A tertiary phase

    The above approach can help clients, particularly those with a long history of substance use, abstain from substances as safely and as comfortably as possible.

    Note: Clients enrolled in their 12-step program can expect to complete the first three steps in primary care.


    The Cedars Midlands Estate team comprises qualified experts and specialists, some of whom have personal recovery journeys.

    With a deep commitment and desire to uplift those who have a substance use disorder, the team brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and profound empathy to each treatment program.


    This rehab centre has three locations, including:

    For more information about the locations of this rehab centre and their specialisms, click here for further details.

    Pricing information 

    The Cedars Midlands Estate provides treatment fees and costs on request. It also offers treatment programs that involve twenty-eight-day phases. 

    For example, those participating in their 12-step program are usually recommended for three twenty-eight-day phases of treatment.

    However, depending on your needs and requirements, your treatment program can be tailored to a more preferred length of treatment.

    7. Oasis Recovery Centre, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

    An internationally recognised rehab centre, Oasis Recovery Centre provides a sanctuary of recovery and relaxation for clients with substance use issues, behavioural addictions, and more.

    What they treat

    As mentioned, Oasis Recovery Centre provides personalised treatment programs for clients struggling with substance and behavioural addictions, such as:

    • Alcohol and drug addiction
    • Sex addiction
    • Compulsive gaming
    • Internet addiction
    • Eating disorders
    • Self-harm

    How they treat

    The team at Oasis Recovery utilise a three-pronged approach to addiction and mental health treatment, which involves:

    • Evidence-based therapy includes individual and group therapy, schema therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, trauma-focused treatment, and more.
    • Supportive therapy. This involves a 12-step program, a volunteering program, and nature-based therapy.
    • Creative therapy. As well as other creative treatments, this involves art, drama, and play therapies.


    The team at Oasis Recovery Centre embodies a warm, empathetic approach to recovery and provides a diverse range of addiction and mental health treatments. 

    The treatment team consists of the following:

    • Clinical psychologists
    • Dieticians
    • Grief and trauma specialists
    • Drama practitioners

    Location details

    Oasis Recovery Centre provides comfortable accommodations to clients at their stunning beachside rehab centre. Their full address details are as follows:

    119 Longships Drive, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

    Pricing information 

    Treatment prices will vary and depend on your mental health needs and length of stay. 

    8. Rustenburg Addiction Care,  Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa

    Rustenburg Addiction Care,  Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa

    Rustenburg Addiction Care offers high-end addiction treatment in a beautiful setting on the Western Cape.

    This rehab centre has five separate buildings between sweeping green lawns, eliciting a campus-like atmosphere.

    The team’s ethos is based on a philosophy that “sobriety needs to be attractive if it is to be sustainable.”

    What they treat

    Rustenburg Addiction Care provides bespoke addiction and mental health treatment programs that treat the individual as a whole to help them unpack and explore any mental blocks, past traumas, and other issues that may have led them to substance use in the first place.

    How they treat

    The team offers individualised treatment programs that include a combination of the following:

    • Individual therapy
    • Group therapy
    • Expressive therapy and music therapy
    • Life skills therapy
    • Aftercare group program

    They also offer a range of amenities at their Western Cape rehab centre, such as:

    • An outdoor aerobic fitness program
    • Gym
    • Weekend excursions around the Cape Peninsula


    The Rustenburg Addiction Care team is made up of mental health and addiction professionals that provide a reputable, highly specialised addiction treatment program.

    The team consists of:

    • Counsellors
    • Psychologists
    • Occupational therapists
    • Nurses
    • Drama therapists

    Location details

    Winery Road, Somerset West, Cape Town, 7130

    Pricing information 

    The estimated cost for inpatient treatment at Rustenburg Addiction Care is around R1,500 a day. 

    Moreover, the team recommends a minimum treatment program of four weeks. 

    However, they advise clients to complete a full treatment program of six weeks to achieve the most effective treatment outcomes.

    9. Harmony Clinic, Cape Town, South Africa

    Harmony Clinic, a specialist rehab centre based in Cape Town, offers a holistic treatment approach to addiction and mental health issues.

    As well as other approaches, they utilise the Minnesota Model and various evidence-based treatments to help clients suffering from addiction issues and other mental health concerns achieve long-term sobriety and wellness.

    What they treat

    Harmony Clinic treats and diagnoses the following mental health conditions:

    • Alcohol addiction
    • Cocaine addiction
    • Heroin addiction
    • Marijuana addiction
    • Prescription drug addiction
    • Sex addiction
    • Gambling addiction

    How they treat

    Offering a holistic treatment approach, Harmony Clinic has helped thousands of clients overcome addiction and rebuild their lives through  a combination of the following treatment programs:

    • Specialised detox treatment
    • Trauma-informed addiction treatment
    • Support groups
    • Individual therapy


    The Harmony Clinic treatment team comprises a range of healthcare specialists to ensure you get the best treatment outcome possible.

    View their team page here to learn more about their treatment team and experiences.

    Location details

    7 Valley Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town

    Pricing information 

    Harmony Clinic provides treatment costs on request. 

    Fortunately, they partner with various medical aid providers and can help you navigate a suitable medical aid scheme.

    Contact the team for further information and support on treatment fees or to learn more about medical aid options.

    10. Tranquility Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Located in Johannesburg, Tranquility Clinic provides drug and alcohol addiction treatment to those struggling with addiction, offering inpatient and outpatient treatment and aftercare.

    Tranquility Clinic offers a multimodal treatment to clients based on their needs and mental health challenges.

    These treatment programs include individual and group therapies with fellow patients or their friends and families. 

    Using this approach, clients can explore and understand the root cause of their issues, which increases their chances of recovery and minimises their risk of relapse.

    What they treat

    Tranquility Clinic diagnose and treat various substance use disorder issues, including:

    • Cocaine addiction
    • Crack addiction
    • Heroin addiction
    • Marijuana addiction

    How they treat

    As mentioned, the team offers inpatient programs, outpatient treatment, and aftercare services.

    Tranquility Clinic’s “Four Pillars of Tranquility Inpatient Addiction Treatment” program ensures the highest recovery rate possible by utilising the four core principles vital to long-term recovery.

    These principles include:

    • A structured treatment program
    • Medication-assisted treatment
    • Family involvement
    • 12-step support and recovery network


    The rehab centre’s team comprises psychologists, medical doctors, addiction counsellors, nurses, and more to ensure the most effective, well-rounded addiction treatment possible.

    Location details

    438 Chattan Road, Glenferness, Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa

    Pricing information 

    Treatment fees are based on your individual needs and other factors. 

    However, Tranquility Clinic is affiliated with most medical aid companies, including The National Department of Health.

    Contact the team for further information and support on treatment and cost.

    Things to consider when choosing a rehab centre for drug and alcohol treatment in South Africa 

    Before entering rehab, there are some things to consider that can prepare you for treatment at an inpatient centre.

    These include:

    • What type of qualifications and credentials does your treatment team have?
    • Does the rehab centre offer customised treatment programs to its clients?
    • What kind of recovery success rates does the rehab centre possess?
    • Do they treat co-occurring disorders, as well as addiction issues?
    • Is there a separate location for medical detox if I require this type of treatment, and if so, how far is it from the rehab centre?
    • If I have other physical or mental health conditions, can the rehab centre cater to all my needs, and if so, in what ways can they do this?
    • Will my treatment program include aftercare and support or some sort of follow-up after I complete my inpatient or outpatient program?

    The most crucial thing to remember is that whatever rehab centre or treatment program you choose, this is your process, life, and future, so you must choose your options carefully.

    You deserve massive commendation for deciding to seek treatment and for making it this far in the process.

    Our team at White River Manor is always here to help you make this important, life-changing decision.

    Gert Janse Van Rensburg

    About Gert Janse Van Rensburg

    Gert Janse van Rensburg is a Clinical Psychologist and Equine Therapist at White River Manor. With over two decades of experience, Gert helps oversee most of the clients, bringing deep knowledge and a calming presence to addiction recovery.