Nothing changes if nothing changes

A journey of recovery!

Choose Life Specialist Recovery Centre offers its clients the opportunity to start their journey of recovery in the most positive way possible.

Choose Life Durban

Specialist Recovery Centre

“Nothing changes if nothing changes” and nowhere is this more apt than in the treatment of Substance Use Disorders. Choose Life Specialist Recovery Centre is an inpatient treatment facility exclusively for men, located in the beautiful suburb of Musgrave, in Durban, South Africa.


Situated in an extraordinary example of old Durban architecture, this 9-bed facility offers exclusive state-of the-art treatment based on the latest evidence-based interventions and historically proven treatment modalities.
Personalised Evidence-based treatment

We have specially tailored our programme to meet men’s needs regarding Substance Use Disorders

Dealing with the pressures of today’s world can be tough enough: adding an untreated substance use disorder and other behavioural issues into the mix can make life feel impossible. But what is a substance use disorder?

“The essential feature of a substance use disorder is a cluster of cognitive, behavioural, and physiological symptoms indicating that the person continues using the substance/behaviour despite significant substance-related problems” (DSM-5, 2013).

So let’s talk about some of those problems:
• Over time the amount used has increased
• You want to stop but you can’t
• More time is spent using, getting or recovering
• The cravings are getting stronger and more difficult to manage
• Your using is having a negative effect on your work, interpersonal relationships, social life and family life
• Your using is putting you in physical danger
• Your using is starting to cause physical and psychological problems
• When you are not using you start to feel some withdrawal symptoms

The treatment plan is done in collaboration with you and is designed to address both the underlying problems and the addiction using the following services:
  • Individualised treatment plans
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for addiction
  • 12 Step introduction
  • Understanding the neurobiology of addiction
  • Positive psychology
  • Aspects of recovery coaching
  • Relapse prevention and planning
  • Aftercare planning
  • Life skills
  • Recreational outings and exercise
  • Groups
  • Family psychoeducation and recovery coaching

A Therapeutic Hub

The centre offers some of the most spectacular views of Durban and the atmosphere conducive to a healing environment. Close to all amenities and 10 minutes from the beach, Choose Life Specialist Recovery Centre offers its residents the opportunity to start the journey of recovery in the most positive way possible. You know you are addicted when you cannot stop doing something that is hurting you and others, and our experienced staff are always there to help you find a different way of life.

At Choose Life Specialist Recovery Centre, we want our local and international clients to focus on their recovery and leave the rest up to us. Successful recovery is achieved one day at a time and we believe our success is grounded in our ability to apply a multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to encourage healing and sustainable recovery for every individual and their family that we work with.

Our Team

Our multi-disciplinary team of skilled addiction treatment professionals provides you with unparalleled support on the road to positive recovery. Our team consists of a consulting psychiatrist, general practitioner, clinical psychologist and a social worker. The team is committed to educating you and your family about the nature of addiction, how it has affected your life, and what course of treatment is needed to achieve and sustain recovery. Most of all, they are passionate about helping you heal.

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