Short-Term Memory

We Do Recover

Short-term memory, important in the addiction recovery community, refers to the capacity to retain a small amount of information for a brief period. It plays a important role in addiction treatment and rehab programs. Substance abuse is known to impair short-term memory, affecting abilities like learning new information, recalling recent events, and making decisions. This impairment is due to the impact of drugs and alcohol on the brain’s hippocampus, which is responsible for short-term memory storage.

Drugs like cocaine, cannabis, and ecstasy trigger a powerful cascade of changes in the brain, notably affecting memory. These substances closely mimic neurotransmitters like dopamine, which is associated with pleasure. Drugs interfere with natural brain processes, leading to prolonged pleasure but also to addiction, as the brain requires more dopamine to achieve the same level of satisfaction. Legal drugs such as nicotine and alcohol have been clinically proven to cause memory loss, with alcohol leading to conditions like Korsakoff’s Syndrome and smoking increasing the risk of stroke and dementia. Illicit drugs also likely affect memory, but studies often face challenges like small sample sizes and multiple drug use, which can skew results. Furthermore, research into the effects of mild or recreational drug use on memory is limited.

Addiction treatment focuses on restoring this memory function through abstinence from substances and the adoption of healthier habits, allowing the brain to heal and memory to improve. Rehabilitation employs techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy and memory exercises to strengthen short-term memory, improve attention span, and enhance the processing and retention of new information.

    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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