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Life Riverfield Lodge specializes in the treatment of mental health disorders, including general psychiatry as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and caters for clients requiring short term treatment in hospital.

Life Riverfield Lodge is situated in the Fourways area, in a tranquil, peaceful setting on the banks of the Jukskei River. Our main purpose is to provide quality, holistic, integrated multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, thereby enabling clients to optimise their quality of life. This we strive to achieve through professional and ethical management, quality nursing care, modern and well-maintained facilities, and a close working relationship with the specialists and general practitioners who place their clients in our care as well as with healthcare professionals who render support services.

Monitoring our clients’ views on all aspects of our service keeps us up to date with their needs and enables us to provide them with the best possible service at all times.

Our drug and alcohol rehabilitation services

Our specialised services include the following:

  • Aftercare and family involvement
  • Alcohol rehabilitation
  • Crisis intervention
  • Drug rehabilitation
  • Dual diagnosis programme
  • Individual assessment
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Life skills
  • Milieu therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Treatment of depression and anxiety

Our multi-disciplinary team consists of the following:

  • Consulting psychiatrists
  • General practitioner
  • Mental health nursing staff
  • Occupational therapist
  • Psychologists

Facilities complementing our addiction treatment

  • 24 hour security
  • Consulting rooms
  • Dining room
  • Group therapy rooms
  • Observation room
  • Occupational therapy facility
  • Semi-private wards with en-suite bathrooms
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Two lounge and recreation facilities with TV/DSTV
  • Volley ball court

Addiction treatment

This centre is dedicated to provide effective treatment to individuals whose functioning in any life sphere has become impaired as a result of their abuse of or dependency on psycho-active substances, or as a result of any other addiction.

Our programme is a 14 day intervention aimed at breaking the cycle of addiction through detoxifying the client whilst implementing an intensive cognitive therapy group programme. Family members are also involved in this process.

Programme objectives

  • Primary objectives:
    • To interrupt the cycle of substance use and abuse and to foster maintenance of sobriety
    • To enhance the individual’s ability to function in a non-destructive and stable fashion, without being an undue burden to themselves, their family or society. This includes supporting oneself, meeting personal responsibilities and staying out of trouble
    • To enable the individual to work and move towards meaningful goals – including stable, satisfying social relationships, and self-fulfilment through work, school, hobbies, social and recreational interests, etc
    • To facilitate a sense of purpose and meaning
    • To improve the integration between the individual and his environment
    • To enable the individual to establish more appropriate and constructive social relationships and contacts
    • To create a sense of responsibility, as well as a moral and ethical sense
    • To recognise and uphold the basic rights, needs and values of other persons
  • Secondary objectives:
    • To foster personal growth
    • To improve the physical, psychological and social functioning of the individual who has become impaired through the long-term abuse of chemical substances
    • To provide support, guidance and education to the family and significant others
    • To provide aftercare programmes, and to facilitate readjustment to and reintegration into the community
    • To promote the following principles:
      • that substance dependence is a public health and social problem, and therefore a public responsibility; and
      • that substance dependence can and should be treated

Programme components

The programme consists of group, occupational and individual therapy as well as medical treatment. All components of the programme focus on the improvement of the client’s physical functioning, self-esteem, self-image, interpersonal relationships, positive family interaction and vocational productivity. The client will also be assisted to develop realistic life goals and a healthy lifestyle in the absence of a substance or other addictive behaviour. The programme is divided into two modules, which run over two weeks.

Supporting doctors

General practitioner(s)
Dr K Motsepe 086 074 8373
Dr L Mountany 086 074 8373 / 083 397 0247
Dr N Moola 086 074 8373 / 083 397 0247
Dr Z Mahomedy 086 074 8373 / 083 397 0247
Dr J Kahler 086 074 8373/ 011 954 5150

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