Medical Model

The Medical or Disease Model reinterprets drug addiction as a medical issue, a shift from its historical perception as a social problem. This model, prevalent in the addiction recovery sector, identifies addiction as a chronic illness influenced by genetic and environmental elements, necessitating medical treatment rather than moral judgment. Central to this approach is the understanding that addiction alters brain functions and structures, notably in how the reward system operates, driving individuals towards substance use despite negative consequences. The model also acknowledges the chronic nature of addiction, including the potential for relapse, thereby advocating for continuous care and support.

In this framework, treatment typically encompasses medication-assisted therapy alongside behavioral interventions, aiming to manage both physical and psychological aspects of addiction. Despite some critiques about its possible simplification of addiction’s complexities, the Medical Model is a fundamental paradigm for comprehensively addressing addiction.

The shift to this model marked a significant transition in addiction treatment. Historically seen as a moral failing, addiction’s reclassification as a medical condition emerged from an improved understanding of its biological and psychological underpinnings. As a result, addiction treatment now involves a more integrated approach, focusing on the overall health and quality of life of individuals in recovery. This model underlines the importance of healthcare professionals in the treatment process and emphasizes evidence-based methods, including pharmacotherapy and counselling, aiming to prevent relapse and improve overall well-being. This evolution in perspective and treatment underscores the complexity of addiction as a multilayered disease requiring specialized, ongoing care.

    Addiction and Mental Health

    Treatment Services

    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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