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.

    Who We Help

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

    We offer a thorough assessment and tailored, individual treatment plans, designed to meet your specific needs and therapeutic requirements. Our treatment plans support a wide range of emotional, physical and psychological issues, including addictions, burnout, depression and trauma.

    Combining intensive therapy, medical management, psychiatric evaluation, exercise options, healthy eating and nutrition – our approach ensures deep transformational healing and full recovery. You will also learn new practices, gaining valuable tools to help you deal with life’s challenges after treatment, to sustain long-term recovery.

    Our breathtaking surroundings provide an ideal, restorative environment for your recovery journey – and we guarantee your comfort and wellbeing throughout your stay with us.

    You can find the full list of issues we treat below.


    Addiction is a complex brain disorder that is characterised by compulsive substance use despite the harmful consequences. People with addictive disorders are often aware of their problem but are unable to stop, even if they want to. Substance use may include alcohol, caffeine, cannabis, opioids, tobacco, hallucinogens and sedatives. Symptoms vary between addiction types, but some common symptoms include being unable to stop, denial, secrecy, changes in mood/appetite/sleep, engaging in risky behaviours and physical withdrawal symptoms.

    Addiction impacts on our mental, physical and emotional function, ultimately disrupting our daily life, with multiple undesirable consequences. Originally limited to the use of alcohol and drugs, ‘addiction’ has more recently been extended to include other compulsive behaviours, such as gambling, internet gaming, sex addiction and compulsive spending. All addictions are treatable, and there are a number of effective treatments available to help you recover and lead a normal, productive life. The first step on the road to recovery is acknowledging the problem.

    Read more about Addiction Treatment.


    Alcoholism – or alcohol use disorder (AUD) – is the most extreme form of alcohol abuse and is defined by an individual’s complete lack of control over their need/desire to consume alcohol. There are often coexisting disorders (such as anxiety, depression and trauma), where alcohol has become a coping mechanism – a way of self-medicating – which we believe we cannot function without.

    Denial is often a major barrier to seeking treatment and making a recovery, despite all the warning signs – including frequent binge drinking, poor performance at work, constant mood changes, decreased interest in hobbies, neglecting responsibilities and acts of violence. As well as causing physical damage, prolonged use of alcohol directly affects our mental and emotional health – destroying careers, relationships and ultimately lives. If left untreated, alcoholism will trigger a wide range of additional mental, physical and emotional health complications. There are many personalised treatment options available to ensure a full recovery and prevent relapse.

    Read more about Alcoholism Treatment.


    Anxiety is the mind and body’s reaction to unfamiliar or stressful situations. A certain level of anxiety helps us stay alert and focused, but for those suffering from an anxiety disorder (excessive emotional response), it can become completely debilitating. There are several types of anxiety disorder, including phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder (SAD) and panic disorder.

    Medications can be used to treat anxiety disorders, but these come with numerous side effects and health complications. Therapy treatments are considered the most effective approach, as they give us the tools needed to manage the anxiety, now and in the future. Ignoring symptoms, numbing them or avoiding our triggers makes things worse – and has an increasingly negative impact on our ability to function or find any enjoyment in life.

    Read more about Anxiety Treatment.

    Burnout – Prevention and Treatment

    Burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. It is an anxiety disorder that occurs when our energy levels are drained, and we are no longer able to function effectively. Burnout is a gradual process – the signs and symptoms are subtle at first, but become worse over time. The negative effects of burnout can affect every area of our life. It can also cause long-term changes to our body, making us more vulnerable to illness and disease.

    If we are working excessive hours, trying to live up to impossible standards and not taking time to sleep, eat or rest sufficiently, our body and mind will eventually shut down, and we will be faced with burnout. The sooner we seek help, the sooner we will be on our way to recovery.

    Read more about Burnout Treatment.


    Depression is a common health condition that negatively affects how we think, feel and behave. It affects people in different ways and causes a wide variety of symptoms, including a constant feeling of sadness, loss of interest in things we once enjoyed, sleep disorders, loss of appetite and increased fatigue. Over time, if left untreated, it can lead to a variety of more severe emotional and physical problems – and significantly interfere with our daily functioning.

    Depression can strike anyone at any time, and several factors can trigger symptoms, such as genetics, personality, environmental factors (including major life events), and biochemistry. Depending on the causes, treatment will involve a combination of lifestyle changes, talking therapies and prescribed medication. Depression is one of the most treatable conditions and, with the right treatment and support, most people make a full and lasting recovery.

    Read more about Depression Treatment.

    Drug Addiction

    Drug addiction – or chemical dependency – is a condition characterised by repeatedly taking drugs to the extent that we become physically and mentally dependent on them. This can include illegal drugs, such as cocaine, heroin or ecstasy – or prescription drugs, such as antidepressants or painkillers. There are many valid reasons why we might begin taking a drug, but it is when we become dependent on them and feel unable to control or moderate their use, that we really need to seek help.

    Many factors play a role in whether or not we become addicted to a drug, including family history, social factors, brain chemistry and underlying mental health disorders. Regardless of the type of drug, if left untreated, addiction can quickly become a very serious problem and impact negatively on all areas of our life. It can affect our work, family life, relationships, general health and quality of life. Fatal overdose is possible, with many commonly abused drugs.

    Therapy can be extremely effective in overcoming drug addiction and can provide us with the valuable skills needed to regain (and sustain) our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

    Read more about Drug Addiction Treatment.

    Dual Diagnosis Treatment

    Many people that are diagnosed with an addiction are also suffering from coexisting mental health or behavioural disorders. This is known as a dual diagnosis or co-morbidity. There are several mental health disorders that commonly present themselves alongside addiction, such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is widely recognised that mental health disorders can lead to a substance addiction – and vice versa.

    One of the most common issues surrounding dual diagnosis is self-medication. Using drugs or alcohol as a coping strategy, to numb the symptoms of our mental health disorder can, unfortunately, lead to addiction – and make the underlying mental health condition even worse. The two conditions impact hugely on each other and, unless treated together, will lead to a high incidence of relapse. Individuals with a dual diagnosis require a specialised, intensive treatment plan – an integrated intervention – that addresses both disorders as interconnected mental health issues.

    Read more about Dual Diagnosis Treatment.

    Process Addictions

    Process addiction – or behavioural addiction – is characterised by an uncontrollable impulse to repeatedly engage in a specific behaviour, even when it results in harmful consequences to our emotional, physical or mental health. Addictions to processes (behaviours) and addictions to drugs are very similar and are often triggered by chemical changes inside the brain. Process addictions can include gambling, compulsive shopping, sex, food, work, pornography and internet gaming – where a spike in pleasure chemicals in the brain will compel some of us to obsessively return to them for a natural high.

    They can also manifest following trauma, abuse, stress or co-occurring mental health conditions, which can complicate and intensify the process addiction. Treatment usually includes medication to amend the chemical imbalance, alongside multiple therapy sessions to challenge negative thought patterns and correct maladaptive behaviours.

    Read more about Process Addictions Treatment.

    Sex and Love Addiction

    This is a process addiction, in which we pursue sex or love in the same compulsive way that a person with a substance-use disorder seeks their drug of choice. The uncontrollable impulses and cravings to engage in sexual activities (or seek love) are similar to the urges to use drugs – as are the release and psychological high experienced after engaging in the behaviour.

    Unlike ‘usual’ sexual practices, which are a normal and healthy part of adult relationships, sex addiction can cause harm in other areas of our life. It can affect our health (increased risk of STIs, STDs and unwanted pregnancy), relationships (loss of trust, increased conflict, high risk of infidelity), have legal consequences from high-risk behaviours, and may trigger other addictions (including substance use disorders, to numb feelings of guilt and shame).

    Co-dependent childhood experiences, such as enmeshment, abandonment or neglect, are major contributory factors. Recovery is possible and consists of therapy, medication and self-help groups. When working towards overcoming sex addiction, underlying disorders will also need to be treated.

    Read more about Sex and Love Addiction Treatment.


    Stress is a normal part of modern life that affects everyone. Certain levels of stress can actually be beneficial and result in positive outcomes. However, when stress is constant and magnified over an extended period of time, it can become a major problem, triggering a wide range of physical, mental and emotional health disorders.

    Symptoms can include fatigue, migraines, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, anger, and overwhelm. Prolonged, high levels of stress can cause more serious health issues, such as hypertension, stroke and heart attacks – and can ultimately lead to a breakdown or burnout. When we feel under too much pressure and are no longer able to cope, we often opt for quick fixes to relieve our symptoms, such as smoking, alcohol, gambling, drug use and self-harm. These unhealthy coping strategies only create further mental and physical health issues and trap us in a vicious circle.

    Therapy treatments can significantly help, by providing us with the tools we need to better manage our stress – and achieve the healthy, balanced life we deserve.

    Read more about Stress Treatment.


    Trauma, including one-time, multiple or long-lasting repetitive events, will affect everyone differently. It can include shocking, frightening or dangerous experiences, such as acts of violence, abuse, serious accidents, war, natural disasters, rape and serious illness. It is not the events themselves that define trauma, but our individual reactions to them.

    Similar levels of exposure to traumatic events will affect individuals in different ways – some will exhibit resilient responses and continue life without any major disruption, whereas others will be significantly affected, emotionally, mentally and physically. It is common for those most affected by traumatic events to engage in unhealthy behaviours, such as substance abuse, often resulting in co-occurring disorders.

    Treatment aims to reeducate the mind and remove the ‘emotional charge’ that trauma has created, helping to restore us to a state of emotional wellbeing.

    Read more about Trauma Treatment.

    If you are affected by any of these issues and want to turn your life around, please contact us to begin your journey to recovery. We are ready to listen.

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