People aren’t sure what to expect when they enter an in-patient rehabilitation centre. They can be nervous, excited and even resentful if they feel they have been forced into treatment. We have compiled the following list of FAQs to help remove some of the uncertainty.


Is a 28-day programme sufficient to treat addiction?

False Bay Therapeutic Community Centre (FBTCC) admits individuals for a period of at least 28 days. People are unique, so they don’t respond in the same way to addiction rehabilitation programmes. It takes time to change destructive attitudes and behaviours, which is why each resident is assessed on a personal basis. Depending on the rate of progress, social workers may recommend an extended stay.


What do I need to bring with me?

You need to bring:

  • Casual winter and summer clothes because the weather in our little valley can change within a matter of minutes.
  • Formal wear, such as shirts, ties, and formal shoes and pants for church and formal occasions.
  • Swimming costume and towel; the sea is warm enough to swim in.
  • Pyjamas.
  • Bath towel.
  • Bedding; sheets, blankets, and pillows.
  • Underwear and socks
  • Flip flops or sandals you can wear to the beach.
  • Takkies.
  • Personal toiletries.
  • Stationary, such as exam pads, note books, and black pens for notes.


Can I bring my cellphone and laptop?

To ensure that rehabilitation centre remains an enclosed and safe environment, we manage incoming and outgoing correspondence. To help us do this effectively residents are not allowed to use their cellphones and/or laptops during their stay. We also ask that you leave your valuables at home, as we cannot take responsibility for any loss or damage.


Will I have to actively participate in group discussions?

We know it’s difficult to share difficult experiences and expose vulnerabilities in front of a group. Our counsellors strive to create a safe environment in which residents can build their confidence and their trust in the staff and their peers. We hope that this will enable you to participate in groups, but you won’t be forced to share anything that you don’t want to.


Is there ongoing support after I’ve completed my in-patient treatment programme?

We have a four-month aftercare programme, which we strongly recommend. The programme consists of once-weekly sessions, which include group therapy, one-on-one counselling (if required), and lunch with current residents. We also reserve the right to conduct random drug tests. The sessions are held each Saturday from 11am – 3pm.


Can my family visit me while I’m undergoing rehabilitation?

Yes! In fact, we encourage your family to get involved. However, they will not be allowed to visit during the first two weeks of your stay. This is because residents need time to settle into the centre’s routine. They also need time to work through some of the more difficult emotions, especially any guilt or resentment that they may feel towards their family. After this period of adjustment, your family is welcome to visit on Saturdays and Sundays from 3pm – 5pm.


Can I leave the premises for short, unsupervised trips?

Residents aren’t allowed to leave the centre without permission. You aren’t entirely confined to the house, however, as we regularly go to the beach and the shops as a group.

Residents who stay for a second month of treatment may apply for ‘home-leave’, so they can visit their families for two days. However, your family will have to provide the same kind of supervision that you have at the centre.


How do I know if in-patient rehab is right for me?

There isn’t a simple answer to this question. The fact is that addicts need help to begin the recovery process, and to maintain their recovery over the long-term. Successful recovery also depends on a willingness to make significant changes in behaviour and attitude. This is most effectively achieved when addicts are physically removed from their environments. In-patient centres provide the safety and support necessary to facilitate personal transformation.

goIf you’re still in any doubt as to whether you need in-patient or out-patient treatment, read more on our What Is Rehab? page, or request a call-back.


Are cigarettes allowed?

Yes, you can smoke cigarettes at FBTCC. We have regular smoke breaks throughout the day, but you won’t be allowed special time out to smoke. This is necessary for you to learn self-discipline and to get into a routine.


Does treatment include an exercise programme?

Yes, exercise is an important part of a holistic addiction rehabilitation programme. We have daily light exercise sessions, such as walks on the beach, swimming, hiking, and soccer. Long-term recovery requires a healthy, balanced lifestyle, which we strive to provide.


telephoneIf you know that you need help with your addiction, or if you have a friend or family member who needs help dealing with drug or alcohol abuse, call our centre today.


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