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Tharagay House

Tharagay House functions as a halfway house offering a step-down programme for those clients that need residential care to facilitate the transition from early recovery to long-term sustainable recovery. In addition, we specialise in relapse prevention and relapse intervention – how to stop a slip going into freefall. Our programme is unique in that it caters for residents who are needing both direction and some free time for those looking at reintegrating into society. We provide the opportunity to practise new skills in a safe and nurturing environment.

Tharagay House has been in existence for over 20 years, transitioning from its humble beginnings as a 6-bed facility to one of the leading experts in extended treatment care. Our programme continues to evolve to offer the best affordable care and to be the benchmark extended treatment facility in South Africa.

Tharagay House is registered with the South African Board of Healthcare Funders and the Department of Social Services.


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The Tharagay Halfway House Programme

Tharagay House is part of the Tharagay continuum of care, our seamless addiction treatment service. The House  admits a range of  clients with different needs – some just fresh out of primary treatment still finding their feet in the early stages of recovery and others already in strong recovery looking forward to re integration into the world out there. The counselling team is able to tailor your programme according to what is required. We avoid a one size fits all approach at all costs as that would defeat the purpose of a Halfway House. Ultimately, we want you help you find a sustainable productive lifestyle without the madness of active addiction and we will build your programme around this. We work within a proven treatment framework, which guides the process.

The programme includes:

  • Therapeutic duties
  • Individual sessions with a counsellor
  • Peer-driven serenity groups
  • 2 Weekly community groups
  • 3 Weekly therapy groups
  • 2 Weekly ‘powerlessness and damages’ groups
  • An interactive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) lecture
  • A weekly relapse prevention group
  • A weekly goal setting group
  • A weekly step discussion group
  • A weekly creative/spiritual group
  • A weekly music/spiritual group
  • Family conjoints where necessary
  • Daily Step work and written work
  • Community bonding time

The programme expects participation in a 12 Step Recovery programme as part of the process. Clients uncomfortable with 12 Step Recovery would be required to provide an alternative recovery programme with which they wish to engage. Although we favour 12 Step Recovery for a number of good reasons, we are always ready to consider other options.

The Tharagay House Manager

Gideon Williams

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Tharagay House


15a Gibson Road, Kenilworth
Cape Town South Africa


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