About Us

At Assisted Recovery Centres of Africa, we understand what you are going through. Your life is spinning out of control. You are scared, and you are tired. But you are not alone. We have helped hundreds of people just like you get on the road to recovery and stay there by going beyond 12-step programs.

We offer the latest medications to minimize withdrawal symptoms and control cravings as you enter recovery. Combined with counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy, this is the most effective treatment approach available today.

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Equally important, ARCA Durban emphasises its in-patient programs. Our emphasis is on Medical Detox followed by an intensive psycho-social program. ARCA Durban does offer out-patient or various combinations of both in and out-patient services, according to patients limitations of time due to work, family or financial constraints.

With help from ARCA Durban, you will get through your first chemical-free days comfortably and safely. Once you begin anti-craving medications and relapse-prevention therapy, you will be ready to rebuild your life with our medical detox treatment which is pain free, comfortable and eliminate your cravings… What have you got to lose?

For me, perhaps the most important thing was the will to do something about my problem. If one is not motivated and willing to confront one’s addiction, I would not recommend attending the programme. The medical director and founder of ARCA in South Africa, Dr Naidoo, makes it very clear from the outset that one must have a minimum level of motivation.

ARCA caters for a very diverse cross-section of society. Do not expect an exclusive hideaway where one can cut oneself off from the world around you. You will share a room with up to five others and live at close quarters. You will eat at a communal dining table. The food is perfectly adequate, but do not expect gourmet cuisine!

Cellphones, iPads and laptops are allowed on a limited basis AFTER the Detox period on a limited basis, more as a Need to Have basis. At specified times of day, one may collect one’s phone from safekeeping in the office and make calls. Visitors are allowed after the initial detox period, but not on Sundays. Any money you bring with you is kept in safe-keeping.

While at ARCA, you will be among other people who are also fighting addiction. In my view, being an active participant in a mutually supportive group is very therapeutic. Be aware that both you and your fellow participants may be highly vulnerable, and it is important to avoid “glamourising” one’s former alcohol and drug habits in conversations. Always remember the misery and suffering that one’s addiction has brought upon oneself as well as our families and friends.

Come with an open mind, and a resolve to beat the scourge of addition!

Things to bring with you:

  • Casual clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Snacks, sweets, soft drinks etc.
  • If you smoke, sufficient cigarettes
  • Reading material
  • Prescription medication (which is handed in and dispensed in accordance with medical instructions)

What NOT to bring:

  • A negative attitude – ARCA gives you the opportunity to change your life for the better. Embrace this opportunity!
  • Any medication that has not been specifically prescribed; alcohol; and/or any drugs. You and your baggage WILL be thoroughly searched.
  • Cellphones and Laptops are allowed on a limited basis AFTER the Detox period on a limited basis, more as a Need to Have basis.

Coffee. Tea is readily available and juices are served with meals.

ARCA offers people suffering from addiction a practical and sustainable path to recovery, and the opportunity to restore one’s life to one of happiness, satisfaction and quality. Of course, this requires motivation and effort, but the unique combination of medication, therapy and a truly caring environment makes this a lot easier. The ARCA experience can truly transform your life!

ARCA Durban on East Coast Radio

Mr Percy Menzies, the co-founder of the ARCA Durban clinic in Africa, was interviewed by ECR’s Anisa Ussuph.

To hear the interview, please find links below for audio clips.

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ARCA Facilities

ARCA Durban is an outpatient treatment clinic that specializes in helping alcoholics and drug addicts stop using the mood-altering substances that have taken control of their lives.

At Assisted Recovery Centres of Africa, our approach draws on a rich integration of clinical practice, theory and research, providing respectful personal support to address a wide range of addictions.

Patients seeking treatment need help on an immediate basis so ARCA operates a 24-hour information line for patients to call: 078 27 22 911.

ARCA Facilities

ARCA Durban is an outpatient treatment clinic that specializes in helping alcoholics and drug addicts stop using the mood-altering substances that have taken control of their lives.

At Assisted Recovery Centres of Africa, our approach draws on a rich integration of clinical practice, theory and research, providing respectful personal support to address a wide range of addictions.

Patients seeking treatment need help on an immediate basis so ARCA operates a 24-hour information line for patients to call:078 27 22 911.