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Radical Narrative approach to recovery

The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem

Great emphasis is placed on separating the person from the problem, differentiating between the individual's identity and the behaviour and nature of the problem of addiction. We disregard the identity of "the alcoholic" and "the drug addict" and instead help the individual discover a new identity, whereby addressing the problem in all its facets, whether it be social, cultural, biological or psychological.

What we do

At Simcha Recovery, we help people use a broad set of practical methods and skills that enable them to overcome the challenges they are facing and live a life free from the problem of addiction.

Life Skills | Anger Management | Soft Skills | Conflict Management | Communication

Individual Therapy

Individual sessions are often a crucial part of the recovery process. Other elements such as trauma, an experience of physical or emotional abuse, certain fears and marriage problems can be integrated with the problem of addiction, and needs to be discussed on a one to one basis.

Affordable and Accessible

Besides keeping the groups affordable, we go to great lengths to ensure that all members are only a text away from reaching out when necessary.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is one of the most important and most efficient way of reauthoring identity in the face of the problem of addiction. Despite the fact that we are fighting for the lives of our clients, we use a language that builds up each individual in a safe and secure environment.

Family Care

Addiction affects the entire family. We, therefore, provide support groups for family members, friends and those in the immediate circles and help them have a better understanding of the problem and the process of recovery.

Free Assessment

To ensure that everyone is on the same page, we first establish each individual's needs, then explain the concept and principles of how we work and what the expectations can be.


Phases to Recovery

Simcha Recovery is the perfect place to start and continue with your recovery, whether you have just been released from residential care,

or whether you are willing to work on a community-based program. You can join us at any time in your recovery.

Early Recovery

This stage typically lasts for the first few months of recovery

  • You are becoming physically clean
  • Getting through withdrawal
  • Regaining physical and emotional balance
  • Regaining hope
  • Exhilaration and happiness, feeling giddy with joy
  • Enthusiasm and determination

Let down and fear

Frustration Needing connection with others

  • Loneliness and boredom
  • Cravings and urges to use again
  • Questions about spirituality and God

Middle Recovery

During this period, you are literally putting one foot in front of the other, making changes to your life.

  • Strengthen new patterns you established in early recovery and settling in in your new lifestyle
  • You are less fearful and feel your strength, determination and courage is growing
  • Overconfidence is common and can be a pitfall
  • You become aware of addictive behaviours in other parts of your life
  • Your physical health continues to improve
  • Moods and relationships become more stable

Long Term Recovery

This is a period of maintenance and growth where you:

  • Continue with meetings
  • There is a greater focus on helping others
  • Tackling new problems and upcoming issues

A dynamic drug and alcohol community program based on Narrative Approaches

Addiction and alcohol dependence are life threatening conditions. Narrative Approaches is a radical philosophy that joins with the clients in their battle for add drug to alcohol addiction.

When and Where?

Monday and Thursday evenings from 17h00-19h00

Wednesday mornings from 10h00-11h00

Coram Deo Centre

c/o Lea and Hugo streets,

Waterkloof Glen,


Join Us

Contact any of our counsellors for more information.

What our clients say

My family is slowly learning to trust me again. They are starting to understand that I am not th Problem, but that Alcohol is the problem that very nearly ruined my life. I am able to work again and I am starting to believe in mysel again. I have broken my relationship with Booze and for th rst time in years, I feel free.


What Our Clients Say

never thought I’d nd myself in rehab but CAT made sure of it. started realizing that I had to use every day. I’d lost control. Afte completing my program at Clearview Clinic it was a natura progression to join Simcha Revovery. Every day is not easy bu the group and therapists are always there to support me.