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  • OT plays a vital role in substance use recovery

    OT plays a vital role in substance use recovery

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    SANCA Wedge Gardens substance use treatment centre’s clients continue to benefit from occupational therapy (OT) as part of their recovery process. “OT makes a significant difference during the recovery process, as it includes various practical activities, interactions and discussions around various topics. “Our clients are changing their lives by confronting their past and building new… Read more

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  • Step work in recovery: Step 8

    Step work in recovery: Step 8

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    Make a list of all of the people you have harmed and become willing to make amends to all of them. “Step 8 is when we bring other people into the healing process – the people harmed during our active addiction, those we meant to harm and those we harmed by accident,” says Karen Griessel,… Read more

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  • Step work in recovery: Step 6

    Step work in recovery: Step 6

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    In this step, we were entirely ready to have God remove all of these character defects, says Karen Griessel, a social worker at SANCA Wedge Gardens. “By now the person has developed humility and can see theirself more clearly. Becoming entirely ready means reaching a spiritual state of being, aware of the defects, but also… Read more

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  • Step work in recovery: Step 5

    Step work in recovery: Step 5

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    In this step, we admit to God, to ourselves and to another human beings the exact nature of our wrongs, says Karen Griessel, a social worker at SANCA Wedge Gardens. “This is about the admission the person makes, together with the previous admissions of having a disease, needing help and that there is a Power… Read more

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  • Step work in recovery: Step 4

    Step work in recovery: Step 4

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    In Step 4, people undergoing the 12-Step programme make a searching and fearless inventory of themselves, says Karen Griessel, a social worker at SANCA Wedge Gardens. “The first question to ask when starting this step, is what it is that recovery means to you. Thus begins the journey of rediscovery. We can use the analogy… Read more

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  • Wedge Gardens celebrates unity within diversity

    Wedge Gardens celebrates unity within diversity

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    Heritage Day on September 24 recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation and this year, the day provided the staff at SANCA Wedge Gardens rehab centre a chance to share their traditions with each other. “We all dressed up and brought different dishes from our cultures to enjoy at a staff lunch. There… Read more

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  • International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

    International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

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    #SancaWedgeGardens #InternationalDayAgainstDrugAbuse #WorldDrugDay #FactsForSolidarity The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, also known as ‘World Drug Day’, is celebrated annually on 26 June. The theme of World Drug Day 2020 is “Better Knowledge for Better Care.” The field of addressing the drug problem has been ‘plagued’ by misinformation of many kinds. This year’s… Read more

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  • A recovering addict’s story

    A recovering addict’s story

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    Amy should’ve said ‘yes, yes, yes!’ Over the years, I had been able to bring myself to sobriety but would relapse after a few months. I had no idea why this was the case.  I mean, I wanted to stay clean but I would fall off the wagon after some time.  I knew something was… Read more

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  • Drugs won’t get you to where you want to be, learners told

    Drugs won’t get you to where you want to be, learners told

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    Learners at a Devon school heard on 20 February that drugs are a one-way road to failure. Zikhethele High School is in a rural area 40km from Springs, near Gauteng’s border with Mpumalanga. As with all out-of-the way places, residents do not have access to the same services as urban dwellers do. Given their relative… Read more

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  • Addicts are not bad, but addiction is!

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    Personal experience with addicts has given Paige Little strong beliefs on rehab. The newly appointed occupational therapist at Wedge Gardens treatment centre says that she has seen first-hand the destruction that can come through addiction. “However, I believe there is so much more to a person. Addiction is bad but it’s important for addicts to… Read more

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