Addiction Recovery

You are reading this because you are either ready to stop your addiction, or you are a concerned family member or friend. At this point, it is crucially important that you understand that addiction does not go away by itself and that addiction needs specialised medical drug rehabilitation treatment for the best chance of recovery.

Addiction destroys relationships, self-esteem, happiness and honesty. It robs good people of their souls.

We DO NOT judge or blame, we only lend a hand to empower YOU.

Together with the Wellness approach, the Addiction Recovery program follows the Principles of the Minnesota Alternative Model.

Today, many people are not being served optimally by the current models for addiction treatment, which includes the Minnesota model, 12-steps and AA. 

The Minnesota Alternative is a person-centered approach that truly meets people where they are and embraces a full range of goals. It also takes the time to help people understand and address the underlying motives for their use. It promotes:

  • a culture that fosters honesty
  • client satisfaction
  • empowerment
  • engagement
  • family involvement
  • long term support
  • practical hands-on assistance
  • relevant and personalized treatment planning


We believe the following four dimensions support a life in recovery:

  • Health: overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) as well as living in a physically and emotionally healthy way
  • Home: a stable and safe place to live
  • Purpose: meaningful daily activities, including work, school, volunteerism, family, friends, independence, income and resources
  • Community: relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love and hope


Addiction is often referred to as chronic and progressive, while this may be the case for some – it is not true for all.

Advances in neuroscience have great implications for the delivery of addiction treatments that allow for brain “opportunities” instead of brain “illness”.

The brain is very powerful due to the fact that it is so sensitive to experiences, this is also why experiential learning is such a successful tool to use. Where we place our attention defines us on a neurological level and we have far more power to alter our brains, our behaviours and our personalities than previously thought possible. Many methods are available to train our brains, some techniques include, focused concentration, mindfulness, repetition, mental rehearsal, positive experiences as well as new and novel experiences. These methods can help us to change our thoughts, emotions and our behaviours.

Drugs and alcohol have an impact on the brain and the body, but so do lots of other factors such as stress, strong emotions, loneliness or trauma. Therefore the “disease” argument could be applied to any number of environmental variables that result in brain changes that are not welcome or positive. For example, loneliness can result in chemical and even structural brain changes that predispose to anxiety, depression and insomnia.

Addiction can be described as any repeated behaviour, substance-related or not, in which a person feels compelled to persist, regardless of its negative impact on his or her life and the lives of others. A big mind shift is needed to think of people who abuse substance or experience addiction, or people who suffer from depression or schizophrenia. They are people first, not “addicts” or “schizophrenics”. This is our approach and philosophy to treatment, we see clients as humans first, people that requires help and support and must be treated with dignity and respect.


We focus on engagement, skill development, personalized and holistic interventions as well as concepts from neuroscience.

The program specializes in serving people who experience both substance use issues and mental health problems – known as co-occurring disorders.

Our program includes teaching life skills, self-regulation, mindfulness, trauma informed therapy and aftercare programs. 

  • Life skills are developed through group and individual sessions focused on specific topics. Some of the topics include self-awareness, anger management, communication, forgiveness and financial planning.
  • Self-regulation is central to effective human functioning. It is our ability to direct our behaviour and control our impulses to enable us to meet certain standards, achieve certain goals, or reach certain ideals. It allows us to act in our short- and long-term best interests, consistent with our deepest values.
  • Mindfulness teaches us to pay intentional attention in the present moment in a non-judgemental manner. It assists us to experience our emotions with openness and curiosity, as well as cultivates awareness of our emotions and experiences with kindness. Breaking the habits of reacting automatically to uncomfortable emotions and triggers.
  • Trauma-informed therapy: At the root of most addictive behaviours lies unresolved trauma.  We take into consideration the role of adverse experiences, from childhood to date and provide opportunities for attachment and resolving trauma. 
  • Aftercare programs are available on virtual platforms as well as on site at the facility. The aftercare group meet once a week to provide support, guidance and skills to maintain sobriety and a balanced life. 

Mondia Woodlands and Mondia Sunnyside are fully registered by Department of Social Development as In-Patient treatment centers under section 19(3)(a) and (b) of the Prevention of and Treatment for Substance Abuse Act, 2008 (Act no 70 of 2008).