Hartbeespoort, South Africa is known to its locals as “Harties.” It’s a small resort town located in the North West Province about an hour away from Johannesburg, with a population of about 22,374. It’s also home to the Beethoven Recovery Centre, an all-encompassing rehab with a program that incorporates biological, psychological, social, educational and holistic approaches, all with plenty of recreational activities for the restless.
Accommodations and Food
The Beethoven Centre was once a four-star lodge, so clients can expect well-manicured grounds and tastefully designed interior spaces. The facility holds up to 20 residents, with double-occupancy rooms that are still spacious—each includes a kitchenette, fridge, microwave oven and TV. Bedrooms are mostly neutral with white bedspreads and birch-colored furniture, but each has pops of colorful art on the walls; some also have double doors that can be left open for fresh air.
The kitchen sits alongside a small dining room with two rectangular tables where residents can eat their meals. Speaking of which, Beethoven employs a chef with 20 years of experience to cater to the individual dietary needs of each client. The facility serves three meals a day, and also offers snacks and tea or coffee between meals and after dinner. Lunch and dinner options can include hamburgers, chicken with chips and salad or steak with mushroom sauce.
Treatment and Staff
Beethoven’s non-AA treatment model lasts seven weeks (though exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis) and operates in two phases. Both phases address dual diagnosis issues and include individual therapy supervised by trained psychiatrists, group therapy, art therapy, music therapy and medical lectures.
Phase One is a three-week intensive program that focuses on contemplation, commitment and action. This phase begins with a medical examination by their general practitioner, a psychological assessment, a psychiatric assessment and a formulation of an individualized treatment plan (it also includes a medical detox option for those who need it). Phase Two is a four-week program that focuses on maintenance and reintegration by expanding the focus to include financial, familial, social and occupational education sessions. Finally, Beethoven also offers the option for a family conference with on-site overnight accommodations for a “reasonable price” when necessary.
Treatment schedules change weekly, but a typical day at Beethoven means a 6:30 or 7 am wake up followed by breakfast. After that comes a 9 am group session led by a therapist with a break, lunch at 12 pm, recreational therapy or a one-on-one session, dinner, and lights out between 9:30 and 10:30 pm.
Staff at Beethoven includes two psychiatrists, a counseling psychologist, a social worker, an occupational therapist, a contracted general practitioner, four registered nurses on a 24/7 roster and a case manager; they also hire security to watch the grounds around the clock.
Some bonus amenities at Beethoven include a gym with exercise machines, a swimming pool (though it’s not large enough for lap swimming), a volleyball court, a pool table, a croquet area, table tennis, a garden and a common area with comfy black leather couches and a TV.
Though the lack of 12-step will be a problem for some customers, Beethoven Centre has a sound medical staff, a beautiful facility and offers all-encompassing care for an affordable price (though travel fees will be expensive for those not already in the area). For those seeking an AA alternative who can go abroad to find sobriety, Beethoven could be a good fit.
Beethoven Recovery Centre
28 Beethoven Street, (Route 511)
Hartbeespoort, North West Province, South Africa
Beethoven Recovery Centre Cost: 1100 rand per day, or $3,000 (30 days, does not include doctor’s visits). Reach Beethoven Recovery Centre by phone at 27 07 60 51 60 16 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Find Beethoven Recovery Centre on Facebook, YouTube and Google+
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