A Brief History of the Rehab Program Johannesburg

The abuse of drugs and alcohol has become pandemic in our communities. Young people in particular, are caught up in this spiral of addiction that interferes with their careers and destroys their young lives.  A recent programme on the national television station, e-TV, highlighted the extent of the problem. Many families have been destroyed because of addiction. And abuse, be it physical, emotional or sexual, has spun out of control. It is a concern because there are no affordable facilities where our people can go to if and when they need help. Most of the rehabilitation centres are unaffordable and government has done little to alleviate the situation.

In 2002 a group of men and woman who live in Eldorado Park and who had first-hand experience of how alcohol and drugs can destroy the lives of people and erode an already-fragile social fabric, decided to do something about the problem. They believed that with the right support and resources, people suffering from the effects of substance addiction could be helped and could regain their lost dignity and lives. All of which is offered at this rehab program Johannesburg.

It was this conviction that led this group to establish a rehab program Johannesburg in Eldorado Park. A family who has been affected by this problem, made their home available, and so the House of Grace was established in early 2005.


House of Grace is a 12 bed, inpatient drug and alcohol recovery centre in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg. The business of the centre is to offer men and woman who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction, a place where they can restore their lives.

House of Grace offers help not only to people suffering from substance abuse but also their family members. The centre welcomes anyone seeking sobriety. Individuals can come to the centre on their own or with their families. Social workers, medical practitioners or employers can refer them to the House of Grace. The people entering the recovery program must make their own decision to want to participate in the program. No one is turned away from the centre because they do not have money.

How The Rehab Programme Works

Based on years of experience and careful review of existing programmes, the House of Grace offers a residential-recovery programme for 21 days where individuals suffering from substance abuse are taken from their immediate environment, given the tools to look at their situation and a chance to heal. The programme equips them with the necessary tools and support to break away from this cycle of substance abuse and enable them to cope and live normal lives.

The following elements are an essential part of the recovery program:

  • Orientation

Each person goes through a rigorous orientation process. The purpose of the orientation is to ensure that the person understands how the programme works and what is expected of them, as well as the rules governing the programme.

  • Assessment

Once in the programme the person goes through a psychological assessment. A counsellor conducts the assessment. The purpose of this is to assess the person‘s state of mind and readiness to participate in the programme. The assessment also reveals whether the person requires additional (professional) support.

  • Medical Check-Up

Basic medical check-ups occur throughout the 21 days and local state health services i.e. clinics, are used to provide this service. The check-ups ensure that the persons physical health is not compromised in any way during treatment. These check-ups will also reveal if the persons requires any additional specialised health care. The centre also uses the services of volunteer nurses who visit the centre on a regular basis.

  • Daily Routine

Establishing a productive daily routine is the first step in a person breaking out of a self- destructive cycle. From the morning to bed time, the person participates in the programme activities, although there will also be time for personal reflection and meditation. The programme is based on discipline and diligence, but is not oppressive or punitive.

  • Meeting and Group Sessions

Some of the key interventions are done through the proven method of group meetings. The process provides people with the opportunity to come to terms with the nature of their affliction. By sharing with others they identify common problems and come to grips with the possibility of change. These forums provide the individual with the requisite tools and skills for clean living.

The House of Grace also makes use of literature and resources provide by Alcoholics Anonymous, AI-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous and SANCA.

  • Reconnection with Family and Significant Others

A counsellor also assists clients in the programme to reconnect with people who are important in their life. Where this is not possible, the counsellor will help the individual create new contacts and support mechanisms, which will help them live a clean and sober life.

Aftercare Support

Each participant in the programme is provided with aftercare. This includes follow–up visits. The centre does not offer long-term accommodation, jobs and other forms of material support. However, where possible, participants will be provided with contacts with individuals to re-establish their lives.

Indicators used to establish the success of the recovery programme

The primary indicators:

  • The person refrains from using drugs or alcohol.

The secondary indicators:

  • Improved mental and physical state
  • Improved self-image
  • Improved family relations
  • Ability to support onesself
  • Ability to be responsible for one obligation
  • Ongoing participation in the programme and aftercare
  • Willingness to help others who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction
  • Improved relationships with the community

 Institutional capacity

The centre has been able to recruit the services of a range of skilled people who assist in staffing the centre, serving as committee members and providing administrative, financial and other assistance.

The centre has a Director, Casper Julius, who works full time at the centre. Mr. Julius has experience in dealing with substance abuse and is himself a 27-year recovering alcoholic and a participant of the Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Programme. He also has substantial management experience and worked for 37 years in a corporate environment.

In addition, there are a number of other volunteers who assist with other aspects of the running of the centre.


The centre has proven it able to survive without the input of major resources and has relied on the voluntary assistance largely of people who are themselves recovering substance abusers. The centre has also relied on donations made by community members and families of people participating in the programme. While the expansion and current demands placed on the centre make it impossible to continue in this manner, the centre will retain a strong emphasis on voluntary assistance and donations.

Monitoring and evaluation

The House of Grace uses both formal and informal tools to evaluate the effectiveness of the centre. Through rigorous record keeping the centre attempts to keep account of each client that comes through our programme. A file is opened for each client and their progress is recorded in the file. The file also contains details of the information obtained during aftercare and the progress made by the individual. Regular reports on the trends, successes and weaknesses of the centre are made to the management committee on a monthly basis.

What is the cost of the programme?

The cost of the programme is R7500 for 28 days inpatient. This includes the 12 Step programme, food and medication if needed.                                                                                                            

Where is it?

Physical address: 19 Karee Ave, Eldorado Park Ext 3, Johannesburg

 Who do I contact?

Casper Julius

Tel: 011 728-9200

Cell number: 0836803984

E-mail address: juliuscasper@gmail.com