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Alcohol & Substance Abuse Recovery Community

If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance that you or someone you know is suffering from the disease that is addiction and you are looking for help for them. We’re here to help you overcome that affliction and we guarantee complete discretion. You don’t need to suffer in silence. Call us today and take the first steps towards a brighter future.


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We are a private alcohol and substance abuse recovery community based 56 km north of King Shaka International Airport in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.

We offer individualised accommodation for a wide variety of addictions, ranging from alcohol and substance abuse to sex and process addictions such as gambling addiction. We only assist a maximum number of 10 people at any given time. This is to ensure that each person gets the care they need.


Recovery of people suffering from the disease of addiction is our passion. We aim to share our experience and knowledge to help both the addict and their families to heal as addiction affects up to 16 people around each addict. 


Addiction recovery is something each staff member has personal experience in at Wellvale Recovery Centre. Our counsellors are all addicts and alcoholics themselves who have multiple years of recovery behind them, which we feel is extremely important and valuable because they not only have the theoretical knowledge from their qualifications, but they have their own personal experience of how this program has helped them to live lives free from active addiction and to live lives filled with happiness, joy and fulfilment.  

We also offer support and guidance for families from how to get an addict into rehab all the way through to what to expect when they leave treatment. This has come from years of our very own experience and we feel it is something that is just not spoken about enough. We are here to help you every step of the way and there is no additional charge for this either, we just want to help you and your loved ones to end the pain and begin the process of healing.

You can read more on our personal journeys in the blog section of our website.

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Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual's life experiences. People who suffer from the disease of addiction use substances or engage in behaviours that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.

Unfortunately the disease of addiction has been largely misunderstood by society at large. People who suffer from the disease of addiction have often been labelled as having a "lack of discipline", "no self control", "zero values and morals" and the list goes on and on.

Addiction is a disease that fully consumes the addict and makes them too selfish to even see the damage they are causing to not only themselves but to those around them. Nobody grows up and aspires to become a homeless junkie doing whatever it takes to get the next hit, bottle, pill, bag or line... It is however the only disease that will tell you that you are doing just fine and that things are going to get better and be better, even when all the evidence and people around you are telling you the complete opposite.


Addicts use their substance or substances of choice, otherwise known as DOC (Drug of Choice) in order to numb feelings and escape their reality because it is too difficult and too painful to deal with. Plus the body develops a physical craving and dependence on the substance and makes the brain believe that it needs that substance in order to survive. 

There is major delusion which comes with the disease and that delusion is what needs to be shattered in order for the addict and or alcoholic to realise that they are in dire need of help. The more pain and consequences that come the way of the addict, the more they will use until they hit their rock bottom and eventually ask for help because they can no longer continue on their path of using. This is the rock bottom process or what we like to call the the gift of desperation. Addicts need to feel the pain of their actions and the consequences of their choices. because only they can decide when they have had enough and want to change. This is when the family members and loved ones need to act quickly and get the addict into rehab so that they can get the help they need. 

The statistical number of addicts who ever get into recovery and stay in life long recovery is 3.3%. That means that only 1 in every 30 people who ever receive treatment stay in long term recovery. 75% of addicts worldwide never receive treatment. 


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What Are The Warning Signs Of Alcoholism?

There are various warning signs to help detect potential alcohol abuse. While many signs are recognisable, others may be more difficult to identify. Also, the severity of alcohol abuse may play a role in the warning signs a person exhibits. For example, some people try to cover their alcohol abuse by drinking in private and isolating themselves from others. This makes it challenging for family members or friends to intervene and help their loved one.

Mild alcohol abuse can be easily overlooked. However, what may appear as a minor issue can turn dangerous over time. These early warning signs should not be ignored. Seeking treatment sooner rather than later will allow you to get back to the things you enjoy most in life.

Common Symptoms Of Alcohol Abuse

If left untreated, alcohol abuse can spiral out of control quickly. When alcohol abuse begins to negatively impact a person’s life and causes harm, it is diagnosed as alcohol use disorder (AUD). Recognizing the warning signs of alcohol abuse and getting proper treatment can make a significant difference in someone’s recovery process.

While there is no exact formula to determining whether or not someone is an alcoholic, symptoms often co-occur. One symptom may snowball into another, fuelling additional problems down the road.

Some of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse are:

  • Experiencing temporary blackouts or short-term memory loss

  • Exhibiting signs of irritability and extreme mood swings

  • Making excuses for drinking such as to relax, deal with stress or feel normal

  • Choosing drinking over other responsibilities and obligations

  • Becoming isolated and distant from friends and family members

  • Drinking alone or in secrecy

  • Feeling hungover when not drinking

  • Changing appearance and group of acquaintances you hang out with


No matter how minor a drinking problem may seem, alcohol abuse symptoms should not be ignored. If you or a loved one is struggling with alcoholism, we’re here to help.


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Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, physical dependence and, ultimately, addiction may develop—sometimes before the user even realizes it.

When a full-blown substance-use disorder (SUD) develops, it can be extremely difficult to stop using drugs without professional treatment.

Drug use can wreak havoc on the body and mind and may eventually become deadly. When you realize that you or someone you love has a problem, it’s essential to get help right away. There is no shame in admitting that you need treatment for drug use; doing so can be life-saving. 

Use of most substances will produce noticeable signs and symptoms. These may include physical or behavioural symptoms—most likely both.

What are Physical Signs of Drug Abuse?

Some of the most noticeable symptoms of drug use are those that affect certain physiological processes. For example, your body’s tolerance to a drug develops when a drug is used long or often enough that it adapts to the consistently elevated presence of the substance. When tolerance grows, increased quantities or strengths are required to achieve the previous effects.

Individuals using a drug to get high may come to take such large doses to overcome their tolerance that they place themselves at increasing risk of potentially fatal overdose.

Changes in appearance can be additional clues to possible drug use and may include:

  • Bloodshot or glazed eyes.

  • Dilated or constricted pupils.

  • Abrupt weight changes.

  • Changes in hygiene.

  • Dental issues.

  • Skin changes.

  • Problems sleeping or sleeping too much.

Signs will vary based on the substance and the method used (i.e., smoking, injection, etc.).

What are Behavioural Signs of Drug Abuse?

Drug use tends to significantly alter a person’s behaviour and habits. Some drugs can impair the brain’s ability to focus and think clearly.

Changes in behaviour, such as the following, are sometimes associated with problematic substance use:

  • Increased aggression or irritability.

  • Changes in attitude/personality.

  • Lethargy.

  • Depression.

  • Sudden changes in a social network.

  • Dramatic changes in habits and/or priorities.

  • Involvement in criminal activity.

Learning to recognise the physical or behavioural signs of drug use can help prevent the problem from progressing further.

Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre & Addictions Treatment Centre


Wellvale Recovery Centre is an addiction treatment, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in South Africa for people struggling with:


Substance Addiction:

  • Alcohol

  • Cocaine, Coke, Blow, Snow

  • Crack Cocaine, Snow Coke, Rocks

  • Ecstasy, E, Molly, MDMA

  • Flakka, Gravel

  • GHB, G, Liquid E

  • Hallucinogens, LSD, Acid, PCP, DMT

  • Heroin, Smack, H, Brown

  • Krokodil, Russian Magic, Zombie Drug

  • Mandrax, White Pipe, Buttons, Bread

  • Marijuana, Dagga, Weed, Cannabis, Pot

  • Methamphetamines, Crystal Meth, Ice, Tik

  • Nyaope, Whoonga, Sugars, Ungah, Pinch

  • Prescription Medication, Benzodiazepines, Opioids, Stimulants

  • Rohypnol, Roofies

Process or Behavioural Addiction:

  • Exercise

  • Food

  • Gambling

  • Internet

  • Porn

  • Sex and Love

  • Shopping

  • ​Video Game

  • Work

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