Dr. Bob Smith

Dr. Bob Smith, born in Vermont in 1879, profoundly impacted the field of addiction recovery as a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), alongside Bill Wilson. His early life in a religiously strict household led him to reject religious practices as an adult. Despite this, his battle with alcoholism during his college years at Dartmouth College and later medical school at Rush Medical College highlighted his resilience and determination. His struggle with alcoholism persisted even as he established a successful medical practice in Akron, Ohio.

The turning point in Dr. Bob’s life came with his meeting with Bill Wilson in 1935 through the Oxford Group. This encounter was transformative, culminating in Dr. Bob’s final alcoholic drink on June 10, 1935, a date now celebrated as the anniversary of AA’s founding. Together, Dr. Bob and Bill W. pioneered a program that has helped millions worldwide.

Dedicated to helping others achieve sobriety, Dr. Bob became known as the “Prince of Twelfth Steppers,” personally aiding over 5,000 alcoholics and playing a important role in the development of the Twelve Steps program. His commitment to the cause of sobriety remained unwavering until his death from colon cancer in 1950.

Dr. Bob’s legacy is a testament to the power of personal transformation and the importance of support in overcoming addiction. His life and work continue to inspire countless individuals in their process towards recovery making him an enduring figure in the history of addiction treatment.

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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.

    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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