Dissociation represents a complex mental phenomenon where individuals may feel disconnected from their thoughts, emotions, memories or even their own identity. This condition can manifest through a spectrum of symptoms, from mild, everyday experiences to more severe dissociative disorders, such as dissociative amnesia, depersonalisation disorder and dissociative identity disorder. Commonly triggered by traumatic events, dissociation serves as a coping mechanism, allowing individuals to mentally escape from stress, fear or pain.

The experience of dissociation varies widely among individuals. Some may find themselves momentarily zoning out or daydreaming, a mild form of dissociation that is generally harmless and transient. However, for others, particularly those who have endured significant trauma or engage in substance abuse, dissociation can become a more pronounced and persistent issue. Symptoms can range from feeling detached from one’s self and surroundings, experiencing drastic changes in mood or identity to struggling with memory gaps and difficulties in processing emotions.

Dissociative disorders, categorised by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), encompass a range of conditions that reflect severe forms of dissociation. These disorders are often rooted in trauma and can significantly impair an individual’s ability to function and maintain a coherent sense of self. Treatment for dissociative disorders typically involves psychotherapy, aiming to address the underlying causes of dissociation, enhance coping mechanisms and create a more integrated sense of identity. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) are among the therapeutic approaches used to treat dissociation.

Understanding dissociation and its connection to trauma and substance abuse is fundamental for effective treatment. Recognising the signs of dissociation and seeking professional help can pave the way for recovery and improved mental health. Therapy can provide individuals with the tools to confront their traumatic experiences, learn to stay present and gradually reduce the impact of dissociative symptoms on their lives. While the passage to overcoming dissociation can be challenging with appropriate support and treatment, individuals can achieve a greater sense of wholeness and well-being.

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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. Specialising 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 our organisation facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualised 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.

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    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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