Tharagay Addiction Services had its beginnings in 1995, which means we are one of the first private sector treatment services in Cape Town. Now, with more than 20 years of treatment experience, Tharagay can still offer affordable, effective treatment. We specialize in alcohol and drug addiction, and competently manage all the process addictions, including gambling addiction, eating disorders and sex addiction. We aim to help you rediscover optimal functioning in all the vital areas of your life.
The Bigger Picture
Located in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town, Tharagay Manor offers a 28 day treatment programme. Our therapeutic approach remains grounded in the Minnesota Model, a treatment model that has stood the test of time. In essence, it is an abstinence-based treatment that aims to improve quality of life, guided by the principles of the 12 Step recovery. We are aware that there are many new quirky treatment models offering quick fixes. Our treatment model has a proven track record, which is why we are the longest private sector treatment facility in Cape Town. Our treatment will respond to your unique needs and a personal treatment plan will be devised to ensure that we address all your issues, including trauma, dysfunction, abuse and abandonment. We do not focus only on your addictive disorder, although that always needs to be addressed as a primary problem. We are very aware that if social and psychological problems are not dealt with, the risk of relapse remains high. So, we aim to help you come to terms with your adddiction, make peace with the past, live in the present and find hope for the future.
The treatment programme includes daily group-based therapy of various types including interactive, discussion and focus groups, educational lectures and regular individual counselling sessions. In addition, we arrange family sessions (via Skype if family members are not readily accessible), encourage 12 Step participation and include some written work exercises.
Our approach recognises that if recovery from addiction is to be sustainable, it needs to address all aspects of the process. The result is a comprehensive, balanced program that initiates healing and growth in multiple dimensions of our clients’ lives.
- A weekly outing to a neighbourhood shop, to purchase necessities, helps clients learn to budget and manage their finances.
- Community outings take place each Saturday, allowing clients to experience various parts of Cape Town and to be introduced to and enjoy sober recreational activities.
- Temporary membership of a nearby gym
Tharagay Manor can accommodate a maximum of 20 clients.
- The shared rooms are spacious and comfortable.
- All remains have their own bathrooms
- Single rooms are avaialble by request but carry a small surcharge
- There is free Wi-Fi access.
- There are communal relaxation areas, a peaceful garden and a swimming pool.
- The Administration team manages all administrative duties, including client pocket money and finances.
- The dedicated Chef provides clients with 3 nutritious meals per day, as well as snacks between meals.
- Cleaning staff take care of general cleaning and laundry, bedding and towels, which are supplied. An in-house laundry service for client’s personal laundry is offered at a nominal expense. Clients are responsible for the general tidiness of their rooms and the house.
- There is an after-hours supervisory presence at all times.
The Treatment Environment – a few basic rules
- We expect clients to participate in all elements of the programme.
- You are not allowed to leave the premises without permission or informing staff.
- Access to cell phones, laptops, tabletsand the Tharagay Manor computer is not permitted for the first 7 days of treatment. However this period can be extended at the discretion of the counselling team. This is to assist clients to focus on their treatment and the issues that they need to address. Thereafter, devices may be used at certain times. Laptops and tablets must be used in communal areas and not in bedrooms. We will allow earlier use of a device, if there is a specific purpose eg a business matter
- Television is allowed at set times.
- Credit Cards, wallets, air tickets, passports and other valuables are handed in on arrival and are kept in a safe. These items can be accessed with permission of your counsellors.
- Clients may leave the premises under organised outings our excursions.
- Pocket money is limited to a maximum of R1000 pocket money per week. This money should cover expenses such as toiletries, any extra items such as additional snacks, and the costs of outings.
- Pocket Money is the responsibility of the client and is distributed to each client weekly. Money can be transferred in advance to Tharagay Manor which the administrative staff will manage on the client’s behalf. If a client manages their own pocket money, they must please ensure that their bank card is activated to withdraw funds in a foreign country and that there are sufficient funds to cover pocket money for the full duration of treatment.
- Tharagay Manor provides transport to selected 12 Step meetings, shopping and the gym according to the programme schedule. Clients will personally be responsible for payment of any other transport costs incurred beyond these programme activities.
- A reasonable command of English is required for completion of the treatment programme. Although we endeavour to make every effort to accommodate non-English first language clients, the majority of the programme (activities and resources) is in English.
Things to Remember
- A bank card to access funds for pocket money or other expenses (card must be activated to withdraw money in South Africa)
- Climate appropriate clothing for the season (Summer is from November to April, and winter is from June to August)Comfortable walking shoes for physical activities
- Sufficient medications as prescribed by your doctor or psychiatrist
At Tharagay Manor, we will introduce you to a Recovery Programme that you can manage yourself. The aim is for our clients to learn how to achieve optimal functioning in all areas of your life, especially in those areas that have been damaged through your addiction.. The aim is not only to achieve a sustainable sobriety but through changes in thought and behaviour, to develop a healthier lifestyle so that you achieve your full potential and thereby minimise the risk of relapse.
THE THOUGHT OF REHAB IS ALWAYS DAUNTING TO EVERYONE. YOU ARE ASSURED OF A WARM AND FRIENDLY WELCOME AT THARAGAY
Plumstead, Cape Town, 7801