MOVING FORWARD, CREATING HOPE

HOPE AGAIN

RECOVERY CENTRE 

FRIKKIE HEFER / FOUNDER

Our vision is to transform society by bringing freedom and hope to people trapped in substance abuse, to restore broken relationships and to equip people for life beyond recovery, empowering them with practical life skills and a life plan to make a positive contribution to society through the help of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

OUR PROGRAM CONSISTS OF

ENCOUNTER GOD -BE SET FREE – DISCOVER YOUR DESTINY – PRACTICE LIVING IN FREEDOM

40 WEEK PROGRAM 

Statistics show that long term programs are much more successful in helping people break free permanently. Our program allows time for clients to not only find freedom but to practice living free in a safe environment. 

CHRISTIAN BASED PROGRAM

God is the Healer who leads people into freedom. Our program is tailored for people to encounter God and be set free by Him. ” If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” 

WE FOCUS ON THE INDIVIDUAL 

The principles we learn in the Bible applies universally and teach them to all clients, but we also recognize that people have unique personalities and stories. Through individual counselling and mentoring, we make sure every client is empowered to live free from addiction. 

HOLISTIC APPROACH

While it is important to deal with the body, we recognize that the soul and spirit of a person should not be neglected. We address the roots of issues leading to substance abuse. 

RELATIONSHIP EMPHASIS

We focus on helping clients to rebuild positive relationships through counselling, skills training and regular visit times with family members. 

REINTEGRATION PHASE

People often relapse after substance abuse treatment due to lack of proper support. Included in our program is a 16 week reintegration phase where clients are eased back into society while having the necessary support. 

LIFE-SKILLS TRAINING

We bring in various trainers and speakers to teach on areas of their expertise. Clients are trained in a wide range of life- and workplace skills to give them a better chance of success for coping with the challenges of life and work after recovery. 

BIBLE SCHOOL

While at the centre, clients use their time to delve deeper into the Bible. Clients gain a better understanding of God’s principles and how to apply them in their lives. 

INFO ON DRUGS

  • ALCOHOL
  • CANNABIS
  • METH
  • HEROIN
  • FLAKKA
  • COCAINE
  • PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
ALCOHOL

Alcohol

Alcohol is the primary drug of abuse in South Africa.

It is responsible for nearly half of all motor accidents.

Over 30% of our population have an alcohol problem or are at risk of having one.

Alcohol affects 17.5 million South Africans.

Studies show that people who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become alcoholics.

10 million South Africans who consume alcohol drank the equivalent of 196 six-packs of beer or 62 bottles of spirits which is about 20.1 litres of pure alcohol each person per year.

SA has an estimated 182 000 illegal shebeens.

122 out of every 1000 Grade 1 pupils in the Northern Cape town of De Aar have foetal alcohol syndrome – the highest incidence of the syndrome in one population anywhere in the world.

18-22 years of age is the heaviest alcohol abuse group.

35% of High school kids are problem drinkers who drink at least 9 units spirits, 1 liter wine or 2 liters of beer every day.

CANNABIS

Cannabis

Cannabis is one of the most abused drugs in the world. 

There is an ever-growing gap between the latest science about cannabis and the myths surrounding it. 

Some people think that since it is legal in some places, it must be safe. 

But your body doesn’t know a legal drug from an illegal drug.

It only knows the effect the drug creates once you have taken it.

There are over 400 chemicals in cannabis.

The chemical that causes intoxication or the “high” in users is called THC (short for tetrahydrocannabinol). 

THC creates the mind-altering effects that classifies cannabis as a “drug.”  

 

As for the medical uses of cannabis, it contains another chemical called CBD (short for cannibidiol). This is the substance most often associated with creating medical benefits. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. Its medical benefits are still being studied, as are methods to breed cannabis plants with high CBD and low THC for medical use.  

 

The mental consequences of smoking cannabis are severe.Cannabis smokers have poorer memories and mental aptitude than do non-users.Recent studies on young adults that smoke cannabis, found abnormalities in the brain related to emotion, motivation and decision-making. 

METH

Crystal Meth

Crystal meth is short for crystal methamphetamine.

It is just one form of the drug methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people take by snorting it (inhaling through the nose), smoking it or injecting it with a needle.

Some even take it orally, but all develop a strong desire to continue using it because the drug creates a false sense of happiness and well-being—a rush (strong feeling) of confidence, hyper activeness and energy.

One also experiences decreased appetite.

These drug effects generally last from six to eight hours, but can last up to twenty-four hours. 

Methamphetamine is an illegal drug in the same class as cocaine and other powerful street drugs.It has many nicknames—meth, crank, chalk, speed, ice or glass being the most common.

Crystal meth is used by individuals of all ages, but is most commonly used as a “club drug,” taken while partying in night clubs or at rave parties.

It is a dangerous and potent chemical and, as with all drugs, a poison that first acts as a stimulant but then begins to systematically destroy the body.

Thus it is associated with serious health conditions, including memory loss, aggression, psychotic behavior and potential heart and brain damage.

Highly addictive, meth burns up the body’s resources, creating a devastating dependence that can only be relieved by taking more of the drug.

Crystal meth’s effect is highly concentrated, and many users report getting hooked (addicted) from the first time they use it. 

HEROIN

Heroin

Heroin is a highly addictive, illegal drug. 

It is used by millions of addicts around the world who are unable to overcome the urge to continue taking this drug every day of their lives—knowing that if they stop, they will face the horror of withdrawal.

Heroin (like opium and morphine) is made from the resin of poppy plants. 

Milky, sap-like opium is first removed from the pod of the poppy flower. 

This opium is refined to make morphine, then further refined into different forms of heroin.

Most heroin is injected, creating additional risks for the user, who faces the danger of AIDS or other infection on top of the pain of addiction.

Heroin was first manufactured in 1898 by the Bayer pharmaceutical company of Germany and marketed as a treatment for tuberculosis as well as a remedy for morphine addiction.

During the 1850s, opium addiction was a major problem in the United States. 

The “solution” was to provide opium addicts with a less potent and supposedly “non-addictive” substitute—morphine. 

Morphine addiction soon became a bigger problem than opium addiction.

As with opium, the morphine problem was solved by another “non-addictive” substitute—heroin, which proved to be even more addictive than morphine. 

With the heroin problem came yet another “non-addictive” substitute—the drug now known as methadone. 

First developed in 1937 by German scientists searching for a surgical painkiller, it was exported to the US and given the trade name “Dolophine” in 1947. 

Renamed methadone, the drug was soon being widely used as a treatment for heroin addiction. 

Unfortunately, it proved to be even more addictive than heroin.

By the late 1990s, the mortality rate of heroin addicts was estimated to be as high as twenty times greater than the rest of the population. 

FLAKKA

Flakka

Flakka (also called gravel or flocka) is a combination of heroin and crack, or heroin and methamphetamines, but in reality, Flakka is just a newer-generation version of bath salts. 

Bath salts, in general, are synthetic psychoactive drugs made in large quantities in foreign drug labs. 

These drugs are all related to a broader group of chemical compounds known as cathinones. 

Each time one type of bath salt is made illegal, the drug labs change the chemical structure slightly and a new drug that is technically not illegal is created.

In the case of Flakka, the new chemical is called alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone or alpha-PVP. 

Drug users take Flakka to get a feeling of euphoria, a heightened sense of awareness, stimulation, and energy.

Some complications of Flakka abuse can happen while the drug user is acutely agitated, if they were to harm themselves or others; however, medically, the severe consequences of the agitation caused by the drug appear later. 

Patients who are agitated can go into a state called “excited delirium,” which is a medical emergency. 

In the excited delirium state, restrained patients struggle to free themselves, scream, flail, and can even have seizures. 

This struggling causes a high core body temperature called hyperthermia.

The combination of a high body temperature and the extreme muscle overactivity can cause other metabolic problems to happen in the body.

Muscle tissue begins to break down, releasing proteins and other cellular products into the bloodstream, in a process called rhabdomyolysis. 

The extreme struggling can also cause dehydration. 

The end result of the cellular products and proteins released during rhabdomyolysis and dehydration can impair the filtering function of the kidneys, leading to renal failure and death. 

In addition, such agitation may trigger Taser use or other methods that have the potential to harm the individual when law enforcement personnel have to intervene.

COCAINE

Cocaine

Cocaine, also known as coke, is a strong stimulant mostly used as a recreational drug.

It is commonly snorted, inhaled as smoke, or dissolved and injected into a vein.

Mental effects may include loss of contact with reality, an intense feeling of happiness, or agitation.

Physical symptoms may include a fast heart rate, sweating, and large pupils.

High doses can result in very high blood pressure or body temperature.

Effects begin within seconds to minutes of use and last between five and ninety minutes.

Cocaine has a small number of accepted medical uses such as numbing and decreasing bleeding during nasal surgery.

Cocaine is addictive due to its effect on the reward pathway in the brain.

After a short period of use, there is a high risk that dependence will occur.

Its use also increases the risk of stroke, myocardial infarction, lung problems in those who smoke it, blood infections, and sudden cardiac death.

Cocaine is a naturally occurring substance found in the coca plant which is mostly grown in South America.

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Prescription Drugs

Recreational use of prescription drugs is a serious problem with teens and young adults. 

Studies show that many teens are more likely to have abused prescription drugs than illegal street drugs.

Many teens think prescription drugs are safe because they were prescribed by a doctor. 

But taking them for non medical use to get high or “self-medicate” can be just as dangerous and addictive as taking illegal street drugs.

There are very serious health risks in taking prescription drugs. 

This is why they are taken only under the care of a doctor. 

And even then, they have to be closely monitored to avoid addiction or other problems.

Many pills look the same and it is extremely dangerous to take any pill that you are uncertain about or was not prescribed for you. 

People can also have different reactions to drugs due to the differences in each person’s body chemistry. 

A drug that was okay for one person could be very risky, even fatal, for someone else.

Prescription drugs are only safe for the individuals who actually have the prescriptions for them and not for anyone else.