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A blackout can be defined as the incapacity to remember previous behaviours or events due to excessive use of drugs or alcohol. Blackouts are often compared to the memory disorder amnesia and should be confused with ‘passing out’ which is a loss of consciousness due to the use of a narcotic substance.

A blackout most often refers to a period of time during which a person suffering from alcohol or drug addiction experiences temporary amnesia or loss of memory. During a blackout, you might engage in activities or conversations that you are unable to recall afterwards. This can be a profoundly disorienting and unsettling experience.

In the addiction recovery community, blackouts are considered both a symptom and a warning sign. They indicate that the individual has consumed substances to a point where their brain is unable to form new memories. Blackouts can occur in varying degrees, ranging from partial memory lapses to complete and comprehensive memory loss.

It is key to note that blackouts are not the same as passing out or losing consciousness. During a blackout, you might appear completely sober and seemingly participate in conversations or events normally. However, the next day, you wake up with little or no memory of what transpired.

Blackouts are particularly prevalent among individuals who abuse alcohol or engage in binge drinking. This is because excessive alcohol consumption significantly impairs the brain’s ability to retain memories. However, blackouts can also occur with other substances, such as certain drugs or combinations of drugs.

These memory lapses can have serious consequences, as they may lead to risky behaviors, accidents, or even legal troubles. Blackouts are often a sign that an individual’s substance abuse has reached a dangerous and potentially life-threatening level.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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