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Bethesda Addictions Treatment Centre


Bethesda Addictions Treatment Review

Located in the scenic seaside town of Plettenberg Bay in South Africa, Bethesda Addictions Treatment Centre specializes in the care of clients struggling with eating disorders, addiction and co-occurring mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Situated in the middle of the famous Garden Route, Bethesda provides a full continuum of treatment including detox, residential care, aftercare and sober living. Following a long battle with heroin addiction, Colin Garnett co-founded the facility with his wife Deanna in 2005 to help others find freedom. Bethesda offers individualized treatment programs that integrate a clinical approach with holistic methods as well as the 12 steps.  

Accommodations and Food

Bethesda is a private, upscale treatment facility surrounded by natural beauty and situated in a stunning, contemporary style house. The home has five double-occupancy rooms and three private suites that are available for an additional cost. Residents enjoy bedrooms equipped with plenty of amenities including en suite bathrooms, twin-sized beds, large closets and a relaxing lounge area with a couch and flat screen TV. The bathrooms are top notch, with tile floors and plenty of natural sunlight. The house also has a comfortable common area, library and a dining room fit for all. Physical fitness is a significant component to the treatment at Bethesda. To this end, clients are encouraged to work out in the on-site gym with a personal trainer three days a week. In addition, Bethesda permits residents to Skype with friends and family.

Residents enjoy tasty and nutritious meals planned to replenish the body’s nutrients. The facility enforces a strict two sugar rule at each meal both for health reasons and as a baseline to observe if clients are willing to play by the rules.

Treatment and Staff

Bethesda provides treatment for clients struggling with a wide range of addictions like alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, crystal meth, pharmaceuticals as well as eating disorders and contact addictions like gambling and sex. Upon arriving Bethesda, clients undergo an extensive medical assessment that helps the staff to determine the most effective treatment plan. If deemed necessary, clients enter into the detox process. Bethesda offers a medically supervised detox with an around-the-clock nursing team as well as medication to ease the detox withdrawal symptoms. 

While the length of the residential program varies depending on the specific needs of the client, most individuals are encouraged to stay for three months. The facility utilizes a multi-pronged treatment approach that incorporates holistic and evidence-based methods into the 12-step recovery model. Bethesda expects residents to take responsibility for their own recovery. To this end, the foundation of treatment is deeply rooted in the first five steps of the 12 step model. Clients are kept busy while in treatment. A typical day may include group quiet time, recovery lectures, lengthy written assignments, individual therapy, gender-specific group therapy, group topic sessions as well as onsite 12-step support groups. In addition, the facility provides weekly relapse prevention and life skills-centered groups.

The multi-disciplinary Bethesda team is comprised of psychiatrists, clinical supervisors, registered social workers, addiction counselors, general practitioners, a house manager, a nursing team, legal professionals and a transitional counselor. Medication management is available for individuals with co-occurring disorders in need of dual diagnosis support.


Bethesda works with all major South African health insurance companies and clients are not required to make a co-payment.

Bethesda also provides individual and group therapy as well as support groups at local hospitals, community centers, churches and schools.

The facility understands the importance of a strong transitional program to the success of a sustainable recovery. To this end, Bethesda offers a free year of aftercare where clients maintain a primary counselor and continues with lectures focused on relapse prevention. In addition, the facility provides one free week of emergency relapse rescue. There is also sober living at the Bayships House to help clients transition back into regular life.

In Summary

Bethesda Drug Rehabilitation Centre is a treatment facility that specializes in the care of clients struggling with a wide range of substance use, eating and alcohol disorders as well as those with co-occurring disorders. The facility offers a medical detox, three month primary residential care program, aftercare and transitional sober living housing. The treatment program is rooted in the first five steps of the 12-step recovery method, and incorporates individual and group counseling as well as psychoeducational lectures and personal written assignments. For clients seeking luxury destination treatment at a reasonable price, an individualized program tailored to their needs and a compassionate and experienced team, Bethesda is a great option.

Bethesda Addictions Treatment Centre

24 Longship Drive
Plettenberg Bay
South Africa

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