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The Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre

MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to provide effective, accessible and innovative treatment, prevention and training services that enable South Africans to respond appropriately to the challenges of substance abuse. As a non-profit organisation in the Western Cape, we aim to lead by promoting an awareness and understanding of substance abuse as an issue that affects us all.

Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre has been part of the Observatory/Cape Town landscape since 1985. With newly appointed Director Ashley Potts at the helm, we are based at 1 Roman Road. With 6-week programs designed specifically for women, men and adolescents, our services include individual, group and family counseling; lectures; medical and psychiatric services; acupuncture and aromatherapy. Free HIV counseling and testing are also offered. We view addiction as an illness, which impacts hugely on those close to the addict. Families are included in the treatment process right from the outset, and attend a one-morning Family Workshop. Inpatient treatment may be required by some clients, and we assist with these referrals. Headed by a Clinical Psychologist, our clinical team are all professionals qualified in the fields of Social Work and Psychology, with a passion for addiction work. They respond to close on 200 telephonic, email, and walk-in enquiries every month, making us a highly accessible resource in the community. As an NGO in challenging economic times, we have done extremely well to survive for 30yrs. However funding remains an ongoing challenge, as government subsidies only covers a portion of our running costs. Assistance in this area is thus always welcomed. Please contact us on 021 – 4478027 In the words of one of our former clients, “Don’t give up, you will get your life back – I have and I am grateful to CTDCC as they are people who understand and care.”

Please visit to find out more.

World Without Wine

The day Janet Gourand quit drinking she started blogging. She called it WorldWithoutWine and was amazed by the number of “comments” that came through on her blog – mainly women, mainly drinking far too much wine to manage the stress of their busy lives.

Janet has a corporate background in training and development so she decided to develop a one day “workshop” that would help people to address their relationship with alcohol and make a change. As she was already a qualified “Executive Coach” she decided to retrain as a “Recovery Coach”.

The workshops have become increasingly popular and take place regularly in Cape Town and Johannesburg. WorldWithoutWine have found partners overseas and will be running regular workshops in Singapore and London from 2018 onwards.

“Apart from providing our participants with information about the damage that alcohol does to our bodies and brains we provide them with a very practical toolkit to change their behaviour. They also meet others on the same journey – people that become their “support group” going forward.” says Janet “we are building a community”.

WorldWithoutWine also offers a “membership” facility on their website. A subscription provides access to a “Chatroom” as well as an “Ask the Doctor” section.

For people who cannot get to a workshop or coaching Skype sessions are offered.

WorldWithoutWine also offers online support via “Take a Break” – daily motivational emails full of tips, tools and inspiration to get subscribers through an alcohol free month.

There are also plans to enter the corporate wellness space.

To read more about:-

Recovery Coaching
Take a Break

Please go to – Also on Facebook and Twitter

Freddie van Rensburg

Freddie Counsellor is excited to be part of the Sober and Sexy brand. I have been waiting for a while now to cooperate with Fiona and Sober and Sexy. Fiona and I trust that, by coordinating the efforts of Sober and Sexy and Freddie Counsellor, we shall have a wider reach into the recovery market and be able to help more people.

I am a professional Holistic Counsellor, practicing my trade in Somerset West. I am registered with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (registration number HC2017/189). I hold an Honours in Sociology, specialising in Family Sociology, Group Dynamics and Industrial Sociology from Rand Afrikaans University, now University of Johannesburg. I did my counselling qualification through UNISA.

My special interests are addiction and addictive behaviour in all its forms and manifestations (from alcohol and drugs to food, sex, love and whatever form addiction can take), self-esteem realisation, past and present trauma, anger management, stress and anxiety. I have a special affinity for twelve step coaching.

I also host a podcast about spiritual journeys, called “Meet me in the field”. It can be listened to here or accessed via iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud and my YouTube Channel. In the podcast I speak to friends and acquaintances about their sense of spirituality, the path they followed to get there and how they engage with this on a daily basis. I have spoken to people with many different views about what spirituality is for them and love to hear their stories. What I like most about it is the new level on which I get to know people and how talking to me reminds many of my guests of their journeys and give them a deeper connection with their spirit.

I have also written a work book, of how to work through the 12 steps in any addiction in 21 days. The book is called “The First Layer”. I am also basing a recovery program on this book, called “24-day step coaching and counselling programme”.

I am looking forward to meeting you at Sober and Sexy functions in the future.



• A residential addiction treatment facility
• Focused, individualised therapy with follow-up aftercare
• Private and shared rooms
• 28 day programme
• Clients must be psychiatrically and medically stable prior to admission
• Registered with DSD and Medical Aids

THARAGAY HOUSE – A HALFWAY HOUSE – Gibson Road, Kenilworth
• Provides a halfway house programme specialising in relapse prevention and relapse intervention
• Admission requires prior completion of a treatment programme
• Residents have partial freedom of movement
• Fees include full board and therapy programme
• Registered with DSD and Medical Aids

THARAGAY PLACE – SOBER LIVING – Kenilworth Road, Kenilworth
• a sober living house providing long term support
• Residents must be stable and self-sufficient
• Residents have freedom of movement
• The counselling team manage individual recovery programmes and facilitate re integration
• Fees include full board
• Registered with DSD and Medical Aids

phone THARAGAY on +27 (0)21 762 2425 or email
We will tailor a 90 day treatment package to meet your needs

The Highlands Group

The Highlands Group provides world class extended primary, secondary and sober living rehabilitation that ensures a lasting difference in the lives of those suffering from and being affected by addiction. We provide a holistic program that is essential to on going recovery and healing. What makes us unique, is that each client receives a customized and tailor-made treatment program, suited to the individual. We have a commitment to rebuilding and empowering individuals to reach their full potential by being the only facility in South Africa to treat Trauma, Behaviour and Substance Abuse addiction in one facility. Our family program creates a space that allows family members, couples and others to explore painful thoughts and emotions in a safe environment, and to better understand each other’s experiences, build on strengths and make the necessary changes in their lives. We assist clients in attaining self-awareness and building connections. Our purpose is to get our clients to successfully reintegrate safely back into society as fully functioning people, free from fear and with an increased sense of self.

For more information visit, call us on 066 025 4423 or email on

Narcotics Anonymous

What is NA?

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. If you’re an addict, NA can help. Narcotics Anonymous offers recovery to addicts around the world. We focus on the disease of addiction rather than any particular drug. Our message is broad enough to attract addicts regardless of gender, race, creed or religion.

  • Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is not known by any other name or abbreviation
  • NA is not affiliated to, and has no sponsorship relationship with any other organisations
  • NA South Africa does not train or employ any counsellors
  • NA does not charge for any services rendered
  • These stem from our traditions

Alcoholics Anonymous

What is AA?

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

AA is an informal society of more than 2 million recovering alcoholics throughout the world. In South Africa, there are about 5,000 members. They meet in over 400 local meetings spread around the country. Meetings range in size from a handful in some localities to a hundred or more in larger communities.

AA is nonprofessional – it doesn’t have clinics, doctors, counsellors or psychologists. All members are themselves recovering from alcoholism. There is no central authority controlling how AA groups operate. It is up to the members of each group to decide what they do. However, the AA program of recovery has proved to be so successful that almost every group follows it in very similar ways.

AA is not a religious organisation nor is it affiliated with any religious body. It welcomes members of all religions, agnostics and atheists alike. You don’t have to sign up or achieve anything to be a member. You’re a member of a group if you choose to be. You can come and go as you please. No one is “in charge” of a group. We work through the offer of help and suggestion only. No one can tell you what you should or shouldn’t do.

AA works through members telling their stories of what we used to be like, what happened and what we are like now. The AA program, known as The Twelve Steps, provides a framework for self-examination and a road to recovery, free of alcohol.