About Us

Nieuwefontein Empowerment Centre (NEC) is a rehabilitation and recovery centre situated in the beautiful Karoo, approximately halfway between CT and JHB.

Drug Abuse in South Africa is rising at a rapid rate and for over a decade NEC has been facilitating the restoration of lives and the maintenance there after, of all our residents. NEC offers a solution for everyone who suffers from chemical substance abuse and gambling addiction.

Nieuwefontein is a 3000Ha Karoo farm.  Our facility can accommodate both men, women and we also have a section for Juveniles (under 18’s).  Although we are a co-ed centre, there are separate residential areas for male and female residents and Interaction is limited to lectures and group therapy.

Anyone who has endured trying times as a victim of chemical substance abuse, including prescription drugs, or gambling addiction, can get all of the help that they need in a loving and caring environment here at NEC. We offer a long term treatment plan, which removes the resident from his / her environment where the problem developed and has been maintained.  This removal has the effect of breaking contact with friends, relatives and enablers who encourage the continuing problematic behaviour.  It also reduces the emotional disturbance resulting from this behaviour for both the resident and those at home.  Residents at our centre are encouraged to further their studies while they are here.  We have people finishing their schooling, furthering their education by doing tertiary courses and even getting their Driver’s Licenses. The primary goal of NEC is to improve the quality of all of our patient’s lives. We enjoy the splendour of abundant bird life and game on the farm.  There are Springbok, Steenbok, Ribbok, Kudu and many smaller animals such as Meerkats, Ground Squirrels, Dassies, to name but a few. We offer a range sports from soccer to swimming and it’s compulsory for the residents to participate in one or more of the sports for 45 minutes per week.

NEC also offers residents who have completed their stay with us a month’s free support, provided they haven’t relapsed.

We are a private facility, not funded by the Government.  We network and enjoy good relationships with a range of organizations involved in different levels of addiction treatment, from family restoration to mental well-being.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug/alcohol/gambling seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and those around him or her.  Although the initial decision to take drugs / alcohol is voluntary for most people, the brain changes that occur over time challenge an addicted person’s self-control and hamper his or her ability to resist intense impulses to take drugs.  Fortunately, treatments are available to help people counter addiction’s powerful disruptive effects.  Research shows that combining addiction treatment medications with behavioural therapy is the best way to ensure success for most patients.  Treatment approaches that are tailored to each patient’s drug abuse patterns and any co-occurring medical, psychiatric and social problems can lead to sustained recovery and a life without drug abuse.  Similar to other chronic relapsing diseases, such as Diabetes, Asthma or Heart Disease, drug addiction can be managed successfully.  As with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again.  Relapse, however does not signal treatment failure – rather, it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted or that an alternative treatment is needed to help the individual regain control and recover.

Warning signs for drug/alcohol abuse:

  • Temporary blackouts and memory loss
  • Recurrent arguments or fights with family members as well as irritability, depression or mood swings
  • Continuing use of drug/alcohol to relax, to cheer up, to sleep, to deal with problem or to feel normal
  • Headaches, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, or other unpleasant symptoms when one stops drinking or using drugs
  • Loss of control
  • Neglecting other activities such as spending time with family and friends, drop in attendance in work or school
  • Risk taking
  • Relationship issues, people with addiction issues are known to act out against the people closest to them
  • Secrecy, not saying where they are going or going out of their way to hide the amount of of drugs or alcohol consumed
  • Change in appearance, Changes or deterioration in hygiene or physical appearance
  • Withdrawal, as the effect of the alcohol or drugs wear off the person may experience symptoms such as; anxiety, jumpiness, shakiness, trembling, sweating, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, depression, irritability, fatigue or loss of appetite and headaches
  • Continued use despite negative consequences

Why Choose Us