• Changes South Africa
  • Changes South Africa
  • Changes South Africa
  • Changes South Africa

Changes South Africa

216 Weltevreden Road Northcliff
South Africa

Centre Description

Welcome to CHANGES Treatment Centre known as the best drug rehab center in Johannesburg! beautifully situated in the Northcliff area, North of Gauteng. We are proud to deliver the very best Premier Residential Inpatient, Outpatient, Luxurious Halfway House addiction and substance abuse treatment programs as well as the only long-term drug and alcohol rehab on a farm in Johannesburg.

We offer personalised care aimed at achieving lasting recovery and sobriety, we provide clear boundaries, love and encouragement and we will guide you on your journey to recovery! Our core focus is ensuring that the person affected receives the best help possible and that the family and love-ones receive guidance during the recovery process. At CHANGES you will find a team of professional experts. Medical Doctors, Clinicians, Counsellors and other trusted professionals. These experts form an extended family for the recovering addicts as they make their way through the rehabilitation process. We understand addiction as well as the consequences and effects that result from this destructive disease. We help our clients build up life skills and we assist them with re-integrating back into society.

It is our belief that the causes of addiction are varied, and we strive to offer each patient unique treatment options to suit their specific needs. We treat Dual Diagnosis, Addictions and Addictive Disorders as well as underlying Psychiatric Disorders We are a registered facility with the Department of Health & Social Development and are registered with all medical aids.

You could be one of the privileged many that can openly say

“I changed at CHANGES !”

Who We Are

CHANGES proudly offers and delivers the very best Premier, residential short term, long term Inpatient, Outpatient, Luxurious Halfway House addiction and substance abuse treatment programmes in Johannesburg South Africa. Simply put, we have been saving lives, restoring dignity, CHANGING outcomes, healing families and continually shaping innovative and effective qualitative care with our various treatment options. On offer is an opportunity to recover from a variety of addictions in personalised, dignified hands on Manager run, Rehabilitation Centres. Our experts, with a cumulative experience of over 100 years. We are dedicated to providing; clinical care, family support, training and reintegration services, within the field of addiction treatment and recovery, assuring you that you will be receiving the optimum in drug and alcohol rehab available, personalized to each patient, and aimed at achieving lasting recovery and sobriety. CHANGE IS AN INSIDE JOB! The goal of the centre is to treat all addictions and do so with our dignified, affordable and high quality treatment. Our emphasis is on Bio-psycho-social treatment and our core focus is ensuring that the person affected receives the best help possible and that the family and love-ones receive guidance during the recovery process.

At CHANGES we understand addiction as well as the consequences and effects that result from this destructive disease. We help our clients build up life skills again and we assist them with re-integrating back into society. We believe that it is possible for the addict to overcome their addiction and to find some form of inner peace. At CHANGES we are able to assist with the process and we strive to support the addict towards a full recovery with our vast expertise.

Why Changes

CHANGES Treatment Centre offers a vastly unique multidisciplinary approach to treating addiction and their therapeutic team has many years’ experience in treating addictions and other disorders.

Our emphasis is on Bio-psycho-social treatment and our core focus is ensuring that the person affected receives the best help possible and that the family and love-ones receive guidance during the recovery process.

“BIO” – immediately upon admission into treatment, the patient is assessed by the medical team and offered an appropriate detoxification regime ensuring that they are withdrawn from narcotics and alcohol. We do not believe that the patient should suffer during the withdrawal process. It has been our experience that very often, people with addictions present with symptoms of underlying Psychiatric Disorders; we offer a Psychiatric assessment by a Psychiatrist who is highly qualified in Addiction Medicine to ascertain if there is an underlying Psychiatric or other disorder.

“Psycho”- addiction causes much turmoil, but most of our clients, present with various forms of trauma and psychological pain which need to be uncovered and ultimately addressed. We help our clients to address these issues in Interpersonal Group Therapy and Individual Therapy. The treatment combines elements of Didactic Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, lectures as well as 12 Step Groups and Step work. We teach our clients to identify relapse triggers and emotions attached to their addiction. Our primary focus is teaching new life skills and new coping mechanisms to remain clean and sober.

“Social”- The tools use to optimise this stage of recovery is Interpersonal Group Therapy. This offers the clients to see themselves in one another, i.e. the “Mirror” approach. It is proven that this method is highly effective in recognising behaviours & compulsions that are not helpful to their recovery; they learn how to regain their authentic personal-power and meet their potential, dispelling the need to use substances.

Healing the body, the mind and the soul of a recovering addict can take a long time, often when the initial inpatient treatment is finished clients are not yet ready to return home to families who were traumatized during their active using. We offer a Halfway House and Tertiary Care Program to strengthen their recovery process within a supportive contained environment, guiding them to learn the skills needed to exist in a world full of triggers and temptations. The Halfway House becomes a safe space to practice the new approaches to manage their lives, then recovery from addiction is not just possible, it is probable!

Changes provide ongoing, continual support and treatment after the patient leaves the facility. There are 12 Step Meetings and Aftercare Support Groups ensuring the patient is adequately supported to help to assist with a long-term recovery from addictions.

We accept all religions or non-religious clients and will not force any one religion upon our clients. We believe that each person should find their own spiritual pathway will be encouraged.


  • Inpatient Program
  • Inpatient Long-Term Treatment
  • Day and evening outpatient treatment
  • Assessments
  • intervention
  • Individual Counselling
  • Life Skills Coaching
  • Halfway House Accommodation
  • Aftercare
  • Family Support Groups
  • Family Counselling
  • Co-Dependency counselling
  • Couples Therapy
  • Men’s and Women’s Group Therapy
  • Early Recovery Group Therapy
  • 12 Step Support Groups
  • Educational Workshops
  • Employee Assistance Programmes (training and education)
  • Onsite Urine testing


  • A six week treatment programme for families and loved ones
  • Comfortable bedrooms that do not look or feel like a hospital
  • En-suite Bathrooms
  • Beautiful garden & vegetable garden
  • Sparkling pool
  • Gym & games room
  • Communal dining hall
  • Kitchen onsite, preparing healthy and nutritious meals
  • Teaching and counselling facilities for groups
  • Private spaces for individual counselling sessions
  • Medical team & close proximity to hospital
  • 24 Hour Supervision
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Medically supervised detox programme
  • Cognitive Therapy Groups
  • Didactic Therapy Groups
  • Group Counselling
  • Individual Counselling
  • Addiction Education
  • Medical and Psychological Treatment by experienced and qualified professionals
  • Creative Therapy allowing patients to learn effective self-expression
  • 12 Step Program
  • Life Skills Training
  • Yoga

Our small facility allows for intimate groups and individual attention. We empower our clients to take responsibility for their own recovery and lives. We surround our clients with care, concern and understanding and offer support, assistance and treat them with dignity and respect. We provide our clients with a multitude of facts and education about the nature of their illness and its negative consequences (the disease of addiction). A multi-disciplinary approach based on abstinence, positive affirmation, intensive counselling and adherence to a structured 12-step recovery program.


  • Safety search on admission
  • Confidentiality and honesty
  • Medical detox and drug screen
  • Safe and protected environment
  • 3 nutritious meals per day
  • Group therapy daily and individual therapy once a week
  • To be suitably educated regarding addiction and recovery
  • Consistent Rules and Boundaries
  • Introduction and participation in various 12 Step Fellowship Meetings
  • Ongoing care, aftercare, encouragement and support


Changes on the farm is a long-term inpatient recovery program situated on a magnificent, tranquil, agricultural property on the outskirts of Johannesburg, close to Lanseria airport. CHANGES on the Farm has changed the way we are providing treatment. Focus is placed on holistic treatment with emphasis on life skills and Trauma healing. Clients learn how to take personal responsibility, take care of themselves and others. From cooking skills to gardening, farming and caring for animals, Wood workshops, ceramics, mosaics and creative art expressions. Combined with cognitive behavioural therapy, Didactic Behavioural therapy, Group therapy and Individual therapy and a strong emphasis on 12 Step Groups, Step Work and meetings.

When all these therapies are integrated, we see strong, honest individuals emerging who are more able to deal with life issues in a healthy, sober and responsible manner. As we peel away the layers of the addictive mechanisms, we treat people with a Bio-Psycho-Social methodology which supports abstinence from substances, recovery from addiction and the ability to take personal responsibility. We aim to uncover, develop and enhance each individual person’s talents and skills to prepare them for a successful re-entry into society, to ultimately live a clean, sober and serene lifestyle whilst discovering their full potential.

The Client may come in willingly or be ordered through the court system.



Our aim in the halfway house is to provide a supportive structured environment in which residents in early recovery from addiction can learn to apply the principles of the twelve-step program and practice a healthy sober way a life. Having the support and structure of the halfway house allows recovering addicts to focus on recovery and prevents them from making unhealthy, risky and dangerous decisions. They learn life skills and become accountable for their behaviour and actions, taking responsibility for their actions. We encourage our clients to heal, live healthy responsible productive lives and discover who they truly are. This process is best started in a safe and managed environment. The client will be held accountable for their recovery are expected to give random urine tests at the request of the house Manager and/or Staff. We expect the residents to live by the NA program and therefore three twelve step meetings are required per week whilst living in the house. Therapy is highly recommended, Outpatient, individual counselling, couples counselling, family counselling and various group therapies, are on offer by CHANGES Treatment Centre at an additional cost.

The Client may come in willingly or be ordered through the court system.


  • An ability to hold down employment or attend to their studies
  • A strong family or employment support structure
  • Whether or not the patient can ‘leave their lives’ to attend treatment
  • If these factors are correctly assessed, then Outpatient Treatment could be the solution and may suit their needs very well
  • Morning or evening options are available and the choice is based on their responsibilities, and the circumstances which pertain to their particular situation
  • Morning groups start at 9.30am and run till 1pm including a half-hour step work
  • Evening groups start at 4.30pm and run till 7pm

Ideally if a client has the required degree of functionality we will recommend and support outpatient treatment. The functionality required, the patient’s routine and support systems that are in place will determine the success of the outpatient program. Clients will receive their schedules upon admission in their treatment file and given a time slot for their individual counselling sessions. They also need to attend four 12 Step Meetings per week, one AA meeting will be attended at CHANGES on Mondays after group.


Upon completion of the Inpatient Treatment Program, Clients are encouraged to move into the Halfway House to consolidate their process to enhance long term recovery and sobriety. If they are not working or studying, we recommend participation in both morning and evenings groups until they feel more stable and able to start looking at future-prospects. We offer Outpatient Care for up to 12 months of the person’s sobriety. We encourage ongoing individual therapy, ongoing 12 step support group meetings, and an ongoing relationship with their 12 Step Sponsor. Attendance at aftercare for as long as the client feels it is necessary to attend. Most of our long term recovering clients attend aftercare for a minimum of 2 years. There is no extra charge for this service.



This treatment stage will help patients address their emotional trauma and historical pain. Individual Therapy helps the patient address these issues. The treatment combines elements of Didactic Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy designed to process and dismantle denial and offer an opportunity to uncover all levels of denial as well as stimulate psychological, emotional and spiritual recovery. As the patient learns to identify and address the causes of their addiction, the treatment can then move towards healing and learning the skills required for a successful and long lasting sobriety. CHANGES provide support and ongoing treatment after the patient leaves the facility. The Individual counselling options will ensure the patient is adequately supported to help him/her with the difficult task of recovery and life.


When it comes to addiction, the reality is that the whole family is affected by their loved one’s addiction. As the addiction progresses for the addict so do the effects on the family. It is normal for family members to feel confused, angry and helpless. Living with an addict/alcoholic takes a toll on all family members – physically, emotionally and spiritually. You can’t control your loved one’s addiction, but you can take responsibility for your own health and happiness. You will learn three basic truths about the disease:

  • You didn’t cause the addiction
  • You can’t control the addiction
  • You can’t cure the addiction

Family Guidance and Counselling is just as important as the counselling that the addict receives. Recovery is stronger and more effective when family members are educated and involved in the treatment process. By attending the weekly family support group, you will gain education and guidance from other family members, with the help of a trained facilitator. The addict will be in recovery one day at a time for their entire lives and the family need to understand this to be able to support them. At CHANGES we offer a powerful, constructive, non-judgemental family support group. There are no charges for this group. It is open to the public and all friends and family are welcome.


Both support groups will teach and guide families in their journey of recovery from their loved one’s addiction.

Please follow the website button above for further information. Also you can use the Email button to ask Changes any questions directly
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