Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre



- Defeating substance dependency

When Rand Aid was established in 1903, one of the first projects was a home for 60 unemployed men. Most of them were war veterans who battled to adjust to community life. As a result of post traumatic stress disorder, the majority had developed alcohol dependency problems. In 1943 an alcohol rehabilitation centre was established to address this growing need.


Now situated in Whitney Gardens, Gauteng, Rand Aid Association’s Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre has pioneered work towards rehabilitation based on an holistic approach which is available to both local and international clients.

Over the past 20 years the profile of addiction has changed tremendously, resulting in people suffering from multi-addictions such as alcohol, drugs, over the counter medication, sex, gambling, debts, power and money to name a few.


For many years Wedge Garden’s treatment programme concentrated on the medical model of making a diagnosis and treating the patient accordingly. Research has, however, shown that addiction is a multi-faceted disease and should therefore address a variety of factors and not only those diagnosed. Recovery is an holistic process that ultimately needs to lead to a change in thinking.

Addiction rehabilitation in South Africa was traditionally based on a client centred approach, with less emphasis on reintegration with the community. Although this type of rehabilitation had long been used by western society, this has not been the case in South Africa.


Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre used a mixed quantitative-qualitative study in 2005 and 2006, to explore the needs related to treatment.The study provided evidence that patients have to be equipped to be able to reintegrate with their significant others, as well as the community at large. Rand Aid thus developed an holistic programme based on multi-disciplinary interventions that focus on assessment, behaviour change, family and community integration, and recovery care. 

Wedge Garden’s Full Circle Recovery Programme has been presented in the US and complies with national and international standards. To view more information about the Wedge Gardens Full Circle Recovery programme, click here.



Professional therapists are listening

Rest assured that issues relating to substance abuse e-mailed to are dealt with by a trained therapist and are kept in the strictest confidence. If you are in need of help and e-mail personal details of your addiction or that of a loved one to the above address, you can be assured that your mail will go directly to a counsellor who will give your concerns confidential, professional attention.



Contact Wedge Gardens Treatment Centre

Whitney Road, Whitney Gardens, Johannesburg

P.O. Box 891481, Lyndhurst 2106

Tel: 011 430 0320

Fax: 011 430 0377


GPS: S26° 07.504 E28° 06.232


How can you help?

Rand Aid is sorely in need of funding to continue its valuable work.  You can make a difference to the lives of many by depositing your donation directly into our bank account. To make an easy donation SMS the word ‘Wedge’ to 42220, SMS costs R30. Credit card donation facilities also available.


Banking Details:

Standard Bank – Bramley

Branch Code – 004005

Acc. No.  001788701

Fundraising Number: 011000380001



A wedge of news

Wedge Gardens celebrates South Africa’s diversity

The residents of Wedge Gardens treatment centre took a proud stand in support of South Africa’s diversity on September 24.
Published on 2015-09-30
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Wedge Gardens Deputy Manager Laetitia Goosen received a 15-year long service award

Wedge Gardens Deputy Manager Laetitia Goosen received a 15-year long service award on August 27.
Published on 2015-09-03
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Beware of the flesh-eating Krokodil

Although Wedge Gardens has yet to encounter the world’s most alarming drug, therapists at the Rand Aid Association rehab centre and their colleagues around the country dread the day when widespread use of Krokodil takes root in South Africa.
Published on 2015-07-24
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How drugs drain your brain

It is well-known that substance abuse has a negative effect on different areas of the brain, which can lead to impairment in cognitive functioning.
Published on 2015-06-24
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Internal sports day at Wedge Gardens

Fun was recently the order of the day at Wedge Gardens, the Rand Aid Association-run treatment centre. University of the Witwatersrand occupational therapy students Rizwana Saber and Safiyya Koor organised an internal sports day on May 13.
Published on 2015-05-21
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