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Nieuwefontein Empowerment Centre - Long Term Rehabilitation

  • Nieuwefontein Farm Ikageng Street Hanover Northern Cape 7005
  • PO Box 106 De Aar 7000


Nieuwefontein Empowerment Centre - Long Term Rehabilitation

About About About
Nieuwefontein Empowerment centre (NEC) is a rehabilitation and recovery centre situated in the beautiful Karoo, approximately halfway between Cape Town and Johannesburg.
NEC offers rehabilitation for substance abusers. Drug abuse in South Africa is increasing at a rapid rate and for over a decade NEC has been helping to restore lives. NEC also offers residents continued guidance to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the completion of our program. Our facility can accommodate both men and women. Although we accommodate both genders there are separate housing for both genders and interaction between the groups is limited to lectures and group therapy.
Anyone who has had difficult times as a result of substance abuse, including alcohol and prescription meds, can find the help they need with us. We offer a long term treatment plan, which removes the individual from their immediate environment. This allows them to gain perspective on what influences may have caused their problem and offers them the chance to make any changes necessary for them to live a healthy and fulfilled life. They are granted the opportunity to start afresh by breaking contact with anyone who influenced their addiction including friends, family, enablers and dealers. The emotional effects of dealing with their addiction is also lessened by this break in contact as they are encouraged to work on themselves rather than worry about external factors that may have impeded their personal development in the past.
Residents are also encouraged to look to the future and further their studies while they are with us. Our goal is to help the residents reach their personal life goals and offer help with regards to finishing school, doing tertiary education and even the simple things like getting a Driver’s Licence. We are driven toward helping residents live and maintain the life they have in mind for themselves and adjust the program to meet individual needs.
We also make use of the great outdoors and the activities it offers including nature walks, outdoors sports such as soccer, cricket and swimming during the summer months. We acknowledge the importance of physical exercise and it is compulsory to do at least two hours of exercise a week. This helps residents to remain physically, mentally and emotionally balanced.
We are a privately owned facility and as such NEC can offer residents that have successfully completed their program a free-of-charge stay for a month should they relapse or require extra guidance during a trying time.


Many people do not understand why or how other people become addicted to any substance or behaviour. It is often mistakenly assumed that addicts lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop using simply by choosing to change their behaviour. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because substances change the brain in ways that foster compulsive using, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so. Through scientific advances, we know more than ever how substances work in the brain. We also know that addiction can be successfully treated to help people to stop and lead productive lives. Drugs addiction have negative consequences for individuals and for society, such as family disintegration, loss of employment, failure in school, domestic violence and child abuse. Our Mission is to offer you affordable, professional and personal help in restoring balance to the mind and the body of people with addiction and other related disorders. We focus on behavioural and attitude changes through life skill lectures. We promote: Teamwork amongst all residents Re-building self-worth and trust in residents themselves and others Restoring their family and personal relationships Creating a peaceful and tranquil recovery environment Isolation from the addictive substances, removal from the harmful environment and separation from suppliers, and accomplices Group therapy focusing on seeing a broader reality, overcoming denial and gaining a greater acceptance of personal responsibility and hope for change Individual counselling sessions are typically used for reviewing progress and addressing issues that may be too sensitive or unique to be dealt with routinely in a group setting Re-building of self-confidence and self esteem Processes to deal with the residents feelings of fear, guilt and shame Life skills workshops Techniques for handling temptation and avoiding future relapse Assistance and guidance in exploring future possibilities for our residents lifestyles which can include employment and education We walk beside our clients, sharing in their process and offering love and guidance as and when necessary. Prevention is Key Addiction is a preventable disease. Results from NIDA-funded research have shown that prevention programs involving families, schools, communities, and the media are effective in reducing drug abuse. Although many events and cultural factors affect drug abuse trends, when youths perceive drug abuse as harmful, they reduce their drug taking. Thus, education and outreach are key in helping youth and the general public understand the risks of drug abuse. Teachers, parents and medical and public health professionals must keep sending the message that drug addiction can be prevented if one never abuses drugs.

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