THE MAGALIESBURG HEALTH CENTRE
PRACTICE NUMBER: 047 – 001 - 0453722
WELFARE NUMBER: 4300 – 256 - 015
A DIVISION OF
CRESCENT OF HOPE SOUTH AFRICA
2. History of the centre
6. Mission statement
7. Period and cost of internment
10. Towards these objectives our treatment process includes
11. Objectives of the centre
12. Location and locality
13. Registration of Magaliesburg as a health centre
17. Fees and application for Zakaat
18. Medical aid
19. How to have a patient admitted
20. Conditions under which patients are admitted and treated
21. What to expect on arrival
22. What to bring with
23. What is expected of the patient
24. Aims of the treatment
25. Nature of treatment
29. Typical menu
30. Discharge before release date
31. Rules and regulations regarding relapse patients.
33. Help available to the family
34. What you can do
35. Other services provided by the centre
36. Success rate and influence.
37. Some articles of concern
*** Please note that MHC in the document will refer to
Magaliesburg Health Centre.
It is only by the grace of the Almighty ALLAAH that we have
been granted the opportunity to offer our services to the
Ummah (nation) during these trying times when there is
desperate need to uplift and rehabilitate the community. We
thank ALLAAH for making it possible, through HIS mercy, to
establish this centre under the auspices of CRESCENT OF HOPE
and to use this centre as a means of comfort, understanding
and consolation towards those who are victims of a harsh and
influential society. We have been equipped to assist those
who are afflicted by drug dependence, addiction, depression
and / or the obsession for other substances.
The approach we have adopted is similar to the SALUS
programme of spiritual awakening, love, understanding and
sincerity. This concept is applied with respect for the
individual, creative expression, mental stimulation and a
physical exercise programme with a fundamental common
constant viz. the recognition and acknowledgement of
ALLAAH. May HE give us the strength and hikmaat (diplomacy)
to be continuously successful in our effort to purge this
scourge from our communities.
TO THE CENTRE
2. HISTORY OF THE CENTRE
The Magaliesburg Health Centre for drug rehabilitation was
acquired by the Crescent of Hope Organisation in 1999 and
covers 109, 7421 hectares.
Moosa Nagdee, one of our executive members, was assigned to
oversee the development of the land and buildings and to
make the place habitable this was done and the place
developed into a perfect place for the treatment of those
addicted. His tenure terminated on 28 February 2002.
On the 1st April 2002 Khalil Hassim was appointed
as administrator / director of the institute as this was his
passion and with 30 years experience in the field of
counselling those addicted to drugs and other substances we
were confident of success. He sacrificed a senior position
and a substantial pension scheme from his company, Protea
Chemicals, to dedicate his full attention to running MHC.
Never was a man more dedicated to his cause and to pleasing
ALLAAH. Besides running the entire programme at the centre,
he would travel all over to give the Jumma talks at various
Masaajid on a regular basis, incorporating the topic of
substance abuse in our communities. He will fondly be
remembered for his kind and understanding manner, his
impassioned teaching, his quick smile and his ability to
make a patient feel accepted. Khalil Hassim finally retired
and passed away in April 2007.
After Khalil Hassim’s demise, Mohammed Rafiq Mayet took over
the reins. Mohammed Rafiq is a progeny of Khalil Hassim.
Trained, tutored and guided by him, Mohammed Rafiq has
become the administrator / director and counsellor of the
centre and is proving his worth and making Khalil a proud
mentor of this gifted man who overcame much to become an
important figure in the recovery and recouping of our
A PHOTO OF THE ENTIRE CENTRE FROM THE TOP OF THE HILL
The task of maintaining and improving the institution and
facilities available to the patients has been a challenging
The centre has been opened to serve the community and not
for profit as the organisation governing the centre is a
NON-PROFIT ORGANISATION ESTABLISHED ESPECIALLY TO SERVE THE
COMMUNITY FOR THE PLEASURE OF ALLAAH.
The cost per patient has been kept to a minimum.
We endeavour to make this centre affordable to the poor and
We have over the years successfully created a secure and
comfortable environment at the centre, where the main focus
is the wellbeing and rehabilitation of the client. We make
Shukr to ALLAH for guiding us in the right direction and
ensuring that we serve HUMANITY for HIS pleasure only.
We also owe eternal gratitude to the members of the
community who, over the years, have made countless
sacrifices and contributions towards the development of the
centre. ALLAAH has surely blessed our Ummah with great
hearts. We pray that they be rewarded abundantly for their
selfless charity and should always be remembered in our Duas
Magaliesburg Health Centre
was established with the goal to serve humanity by offering
relief and rehabilitation for those people that have found
themselves trapped in the world of drugs and addiction and
has a true desire to escape from this addiction. Our
objective here is to firstly help a person to discontinue
the use of whatever drug they may have become addicted to
and supply them with the necessary skills to remain off
drugs. We use the international 12–Step programme that most
rehabilitation centres utilize worldwide. We have modified
it to an Islamic concept. One of the first steps which are
covered is to accept that recovery is only possible with the
help of ALLAAH (a higher power) thus the majority of our
programmes and schedules (Amaals) help bring people closer
The contact details at the centre
Telephone No land line available.
Fax 086 6105 190
Cell phone 083 653 8788
Physical Address Portion 21 Rietpoort 395JQ
Postal address P. O. Box 195 Vlakdrift 0342
The contact details at the head office
Telephone 011 854 1809 / 011 852 7370.
Fax 011 852 1509 / 086 661 3159
Cell phone 082 268
Physical Address 137 Rose Avenue, extension 2 Lenasia
Postal address P. O. Box 1635 Lenasia 1820
6. MISSION STATEMENT
The Magaliesburg Health Centre (MHC) is a substance abuse
rehabilitation centre serving the Muslim Community of South
Africa as well as the wider South African community. It is a
faith-based organisation and Muslim religious practices are
followed. Any male person of any faith will be welcome but
will have to attend our programme. His religion and
practices, however, will be respected. We are not admitting
females to the centre but will be accommodate at our centre
for females in De Deur INSHA ALLAAH.
Our therapeutic intervention is based on professional values
and proven research as well as a firm belief in the client’s
right to self-determination. At present our interventions
include the following:
Multidisciplinary assessment and development of an
individual recovery plan.
Cognitive behavioural intervention.
Person centred therapy both individually and in a small
Factual information and classes about addiction and related
Life skill training.
Family unification support and counselling.
A Minnesota model based twelve step programme.
Aftercare services and liaison with rehabilitation centres
in other towns to support clients from elsewhere.
Follow up calls and research.
7. PERIOD AND COST OF INTERNMENT
The recommended period is six (6) weeks i.e. 42 days. This
includes 3 meals a day, counselling, one-on-ones,
accommodation, washing of clothes etc. It does not include
cigarettes, cold drinks and other luxuries. These can be
bought for the tuck shop run at the centre. It does not
include medical cost (the doctor prescribing the medication
must hand the medicine over to the nurse for administering
the required dosage) – if needed, visit to psychiatrist and
other medical emergencies.
It sometimes becomes inevitability to admit a patient for
less than the required period. This can only be arranged
with the administrator in conjunction with the counsellor if
at all possible. The time period and the fees will be
If a patient needs more time than the recommended period,
the time period must be arranged with the administrator with
the recommendation of the counsellor. The additional fees
required will be charged on a pro rata basis.
There is a charge levied on the initial counselling session
if the patient is not admitted.
Money paid for the period of internment is not refundable.
The cost of the period will be determined according to the
length of stay. Please contact the administrator for more
information of costing and payments. See paragraph 17 for
To offer a holistic programme that will provide clients with
the best possible chance of long term recovery from drug
addiction and dependence.
To cater for clients mental, physical and spiritual needs
To prepare the client for successful social integration when
he leaves the centre
To provide primary and secondary prevention services to the
To develop and provide the most effective vehicle for long
term recovery from substance abuse to the Muslim and other
communities of South Africa.
To assist, encourage and guide those prone to substance
abuse to replace this weakness with positive thoughts and
To assist, encourage and guide the families to accept this
weakness in a family member and to support him in his effort
to overcome this failing.
10. TOWARDS THESE OBJECTIVES OUR
TREATMENT PROCESS INCLUDES
A multi disciplinary therapeutic team including social
worker, nursing sister, counsellors and Imaam.
Our clients often carry heavy emotional burdens and guilt.
We therefore offer personal counselling on a one on one
basis to address emotional, social and psychological
The multi disciplinary team takes part in the development of
an individualised recovery and action plan with each client.
Since our clients are often physically deteriorated, we do a
full medical examination and monitoring. This is combined
with daily administration of vitamins to improve nerve
growth, speed up detoxification, and repair the physical
damage drugs have done to the body.
Group interaction and counselling is conducted on a daily
basis by the nursing sister and the counsellors. This
encourages clients to have constant awareness of their
emotional and physical status, and to share issues as they
arise in stead of isolating the self.
Life skills classes are run by the Social worker on various
Self acceptance and responsibility
Realisation of harm and forgiveness
Communication for a successful marriage
Johari’s window assessments
Trigger identification and the relapse cycle
Relapse avoidance techniques
Life cycles and life stages
For the spiritual wellbeing of clients our Imam runs daily
madressa classes including reading and teaching of the Koran
and practical Islamic studies. Clients from any religion
are welcome though, and their religious needs will be
There are aftercare and support groups in Johannesburg,
Lenasia, Springs and many other cities and towns. Please
contact our representative in your area to find out more
about the aftercare programmes in your area.
11. OBJECTIVES OF THE CENTRE
To offer a holistic programme that will cater for the
addicts mental, spiritual and physical needs.
To prepare the addict for eventual social integration.
To provide comprehensive primary and secondary prevention
To redirect the lifestyle of the individual addict and to
offer an aftercare support system.
Treatment will be provided on a multi – disciplinary basis.
The Occupational Therapist and Counsellor will conduct the
“Twelve Steps” which is a recognized syllabus for the
recovery of addicts.
Detoxification and the monitoring of body weights is an
The facilities at the Centre are swimming, tennis, soccer,
cricket, indoor sports and a gym for exercise.
Our daily programme includes one on one counselling, Peer
Group Counselling, Spiritual Power Sessions, assignments and
THE BOARD ROOM FOR GROUP SESSIONS WITH PATIENTS AND
COUNSELLING OF PATIENTS
12. LOCATION AND LOCALITY
The centre is located approximately 70 km from Johannesburg
and is situated in the serene Magaliesburg area. The
peaceful natural environment compliments the work done here
and removes the client from the temptations of the city to
start his recovery. Boards will direct you to the centre
from the time you leave Magaliesburg, on the Koster -
Zeerust road, right up to the centre. Follow our signboards
from approximately 3 kilometres after the turn off to
GPS CO-ORDINATES: South 25° 58ٰ
45. 03″ East 27° 28ٰ
13. REGISTRATION OF
MAGALIESBURG AS A HEALTH CENTRE
The centre is registered with the Department of Health and
Department of Welfare. We are also registered with the
Medical Aid Board. We now have a registration number and can
accommodate medical aid applicants. Please contact the
administrator at the centre to find out how this can be
TRUSTEES AND EXECUTIVE MEMBERS
Mufti Yacoob Minty
Moulana Dr Ismail Vally
Hafez Yusuf Bhamjee
Hafez Ismail Kholvadia
Dr Ebrahim Chohan
Abdus Samad Kader
DIRECTORS OF THE INSTITUTE
Hafez Ismail Kholvadia
Abdus Samad Kader.
Mohammed Rafiq Mayet.
Mohammed Rafiq Mayet
One Social worker
Doctor on call
Psychiatrist on call
Centre manager and
Mr. Mayet has been with the centre for 10 years and was
trained as counsellor by Mr. Khalil Hassem. He left a
lucrative position with KFC to dedicate his full attention
Day to day running of the centre and financial management
Madressa teaching and support of Imaam
Medical examination and care of each patient
Psychiatric evaluation of clients when necessary
Leading group interaction and journal classes
HIV and AIDS counselling, testing and education
Health and dietary education including the physical effects
Imam and Madressa
Learning and teaching Koran
Practical Islamic studies
Administration for the centre
Anger management classes.
THE SALAAH KHANA AND THE WUDHU KHANA
A fully qualified social worker has been employed and will
do duty according to her training:
Individual assessment and personal counselling
Life skills classes
Development of therapeutic intervention plan
Research and follow up
Twelve stop programme.
One on one counselling
We have a Psychiatrist on call.
We have a medical doctor on call.
We are located near Laratong hospital.
University students studying Social Science are applying to
do their internship at our centre. We received about 14
applications but could unfortunately accommodate only one.
We might increase this number in the future - depending on
the situation at the centre. The period of practical studies
for the student is 6 months.
16. CODE OF CONDUCT
As in any other
organisation or facility, we have a code of conduct and
rules and regulations. The rules are created to firstly
ensure the safety of all the patients, secondly to ensure
religious ethos is adhered to, and lastly that government
laws and regulations for a rehabilitation centre are met.
When a person comes from a lifestyle of drugs and licentious
behaviour, they are very often involved in criminal
activities and uncouth conduct. During a patient’s first two
weeks, and occasionally later in programme, he will very
often test our limits and on occasion break several rules.
The patient will then have to face the consequences. We try
to instil in the person that for every wrong action there is
a reaction or effect. Some examples of these consequences
will be lock-ups, no cigarettes, privileges revoked,
visitation and phone call denied, etc. For each
transgression, we have an equivalent consequence. If a
patient attempts to run away, we rely on the local police to
apprehend the person. They will then hold the person in
custody for two to three days before returning him to the
centre. It is an unfortunate reality concerning any
rehabilitation centre that there are people out there that
will attempt to bring in drugs, run away to get drugs or to
simply try to run away to escape their situation. To help
prevent these situations we do have full time security
personal on the premises (day and night). Restrictions are
put in place and no patient is allowed to traverse at any
17. FEES AND APPLICATION FOR ZAKAAT
A fee is charged for six weeks at the centre. This process
is discussed elsewhere in this document. The money is
payable on the registration of the patient for admission to
the centre and before he enters the centre.
The following procedure must be followed if a patient is
poor and cannot afford the stipulated fees:
The problem must first be discussed with the
administrator of the centre.
If approved, the patient must first pay an amount of
at least half the fees on registration. The actual amount
that the patient will have to contribute MUST be agreed upon
during the discussion with the administrator.
An application for Zakaat assistance can be lodged
with any organisation that the patient is familiar with.
If the patient wants to lodge the application with
COHSA, he must first complete the form supplied by the
Attach a letter from the Imam of his local
(applicant’s) Masjid stating that he is Zakaatable. This
letter must be on the letterhead of the Masjid or Jamaat.
Submit the application to the administrator. The
administrator in turn will submit it to COHSA for
THE PATIENT CAN ONLY BE ADMITTED AFTER THE ZAKAAT
APPLICATION HAS BEEN APPROVED.
The patient will be liable for the full amount if he
is admitted before the Zakaat has been approved and the
application has been turned down.
18. MEDICAL AID
Medical aid patients can now be admitted. Please contact the
administrator for detail concerning which medical aid we are
registered with and the procedure involved in admitting a
medical aid patient.
19. HOW TO HAVE A PATIENT ADMITTED
The following steps will give you a guide on how to have a
patient that wants to help himself get off the drug that he
is on admitted to the centre.
First make sure that the patient wants to be rehabilitated.
This will help in his recovery. It will not help him or
anybody else if he is forced to be admitted to the
Phone the centre and make an appointment to have the initial
interview and counselling session. The time stipulated must
be adhered to and the patient must be accompanied by family
members. Family members will also have to attend the initial
This counselling session can take up to two hours and will
patient will have to pay the cost of this consultation. This
fee will be waived if the patient is admitted or will be
admitted at a later date. This session will be conducted at
the centre in Magaliesburg.
All parties concerned must agree to have the patient
The full fee must be paid on admission. If the patient is
Zakaatable, he must al least pay half the fee, and submits
an application form to the organisation. Approval must be
received from the organisation before admittance.
Remember the letter from the imam indicating whether the
patient is Zakaatable or not.
The contact details are given above.
Follow all other instruction given here.
20. CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH
PATIENTS ARE ADMITTED AND TREATED
A person may decide for himself that he needs treatment for
A family member, doctor, teacher, employer or the court may
also refer the patient.
When a person comes to the centre, he is initially assessed
to see if he is willing, ready and suitable to undergo
treatment. He is also assessed to see if he is medically fit
to undergo such treatment. This is normally brought by the
patient from his medical practitioner. The treatment team
also assesses each individual and his problems, and draws up
a unique treatment programme to suit the individual’s needs.
We have two types of patients:
Those admitted voluntarily for a period of 6 weeks or as
agreed to by the team and the individual. This period is
followed by a follow-up period at the aftercare centres.
Those admitted for compulsory treatment (e.g. from the
courts, doctor’s order etc.) are not tied down to any
specific time period but the recommended 6 weeks still
What must be remembered is that although the duration of the
treatment may seem long, the drug dependant person has
Over the years acquired a lifestyle centring on their
May have already undergone treatment at some other
Has undergone some other type of treatment that has been
Has refused to admit that he has a problem.
Or might still be recovering from the physical, mental,
spiritual, financial and emotional damage his chosen
lifestyle has caused him over the years.
Please remember that the staffs at the institution has a
tremendous task as all patients admitted are practiced
con-artist and will try everything in his power to achieve
his aim. He has out-smarted the people in the outside world
and it is the institute’s task to turn him about and place
him on the right path. He did not suddenly become an angel
when he was admitted. Please keep this in mind when rumours
abound about any drug rehabilitation centre.
21. WHAT TO EXPECT ON ARRIVAL
When a new patient arrives, a staff member will conduct a
complete search of his belongings, luggage, and clothing and
there will be a supervised body search. This has to be done,
as we are dealing with some of the most intelligent and
experienced people. On the rare occasions, something is
brought into the centre without our knowledge. Due to this,
urine drug test are given randomly to the patients. Complete
searches of the premises are conducted by our security on a
For a person to attend a drug rehabilitation centre is
sometimes a new and scary experience. If you decide to come
to Magaliesburg Health Centre, you can expect the following:
You will be assessed by either the counsellors or the social
worker before being admitted. We accept only willing
clients, since an unwilling client only causes disruption
and negatively impacts on the recovery of other patients.
Before entering the centre itself you and your belongings
will be thoroughly searched for drugs and weapons. Neither
is allowed in the centre under any circumstances and we
reserve the right to confiscate and deliver to the SAPS any
drugs or weapons found.
A room will be assigned to you for the duration of your stay
at the centre.
You will, within the first day or two, be examined by the
nursing sister and meet the rest of the patients and
Everybody must attend the daily programme.
You will not be allowed to contact your family during the
first two weeks of your stay. You will, however, be allowed
one phone call a week after the initial period.
They will be allowed to call you during the morning period
Visiting day is Sundays between 8 and 5. Only family are
allowed to visit. Visitors will be restricted to the
visiting area and will be allowed into the inner quarters of
Duration of stay is 6 WEEKS (42 DAYS). We do not allow the
patient to leave the centre during this period, unless an
extreme circumstance warrants a relaxation of this
Any patient wishing to leave our care against our
suggestions will not be held against his will. We will,
however, attempt to convince him to stay.
A patient, who leaves the centre without the authorization
of his therapeutic team, will not be allowed to come back to
the centre for a period of 6 months following his
THE PATIENT’S ROOM AT THE CENTRE
22. WHAT TO BRING WITH
The patient will have to bring the following item with them.
They are responsible for their own personal effects and the
institute will not accept responsibility for the loss, theft
or damage to anything belonging to the patients.
A copy of the patient’s identity document
Bedding for a three-quarter bed: blankets,
eiderdowns, pillows and sheets.
Toiletries: Shaving kit, toothbrush, deodorant,
hairbrush, hand cream, soap, washing powder for their
underwear and socks.
2 bath size towels: please mark it.
1 hand towel – please mark it.
1 pair sandals: - please mark it.
1 pair sand shoes – takkies: please mark it.
Warm clothing for winter / casual clothing for
A track suit for gym: exercising.
1 alarm clock.
Qurtas and topees.
All garments including socks must be labelled.
A list of all items brought to the centre must be
recorded and a copy handed in at the office on admission.
Any medical check-up, medical prescription etc.
should be taken care of before admission. The centre is not
responsible for this.
All patients will be required to carry our
23. WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE
The most crucial factor to the treatment of the patient is
his own will to succeed and his co-operation. If this is
lacking, the treatment will not be successful.
That he should adhere to the rules and regulations of the
He is expected to co-operate with the treatment team and
other staff members and to become actively involved in his
24. AIMS OF THE TREATMENT
The main aim of the treatment is to help the patient to
Understand both himself and the consequences of his problem.
Realise that he can be treated and that he can live a normal
life without alcohol and drugs.
Get well again – physically, mentally emotionally and
Find alternatives to drugs and alcohol.
Develop a lifestyle free from alcohol and drugs.
Gain a renewed sense of his mown worth.
Learn the value of a well-ordered life with good family and
25. NATURE OF TREATMENT
It must be remembered that there is no easy way, no instant
treatment and no miracle cure to rid the unfortunate victim
of his dependency on drug or alcohol or any addiction he may
be suffering from. Many people are under the impression that
the sick patient can be treated like any other patient in
the hospital, i.e. with pills and injections. This extremely
ill client has to have a far greater treatment, besides the
medical one, to rid him of this ailment. The treatment that
he has to endure has to bring about an entire change in his
life. Have you ever tried to change the seemingly
unchangeable? This is difficult and sometimes very nearly
impossible to achieve.
The treatment must involve the patient frank discussions,
family aid, family understanding, interviews, counselling
and an opportunity to think about himself and his future.
When a patient is admitted to the centre, the priority is to
give attention to the way he copes (with assistance and a
watchful eye) on his immediate physical needs. This will
include his medical treatment, treatment of his withdrawal
system and detoxification.
As soon as the patient’s condition permits, the counsellors
will have an individual discussion with him to assess his
problem. A group discussion with all the patients follows to
discuss general problems relating to their addiction. In
addition to the above we also form educational groups and
discussions are conducted amongst the patients on a regular
People are quick to judge a situation before ascertaining
whether the information (gossip?) they heard is correct –
and if correct, why it was done.
The most common information, that spreads exceptionally
fast, is that drugs are freely available at the centre. That
the patients are getting drugs from the administration at
Firstly it must be remembered that when the addict comes to
the centre, he has generally been on drugs for a number of
years. Because of the lengthy time period, he most probably
is on more drugs than when he started (e.g. he started using
drugs once a day, then it went to twice or more times a day,
then – because he does not get the “kick” anymore - he
increases the dosage). The drugs he is taking, and the
amount of drugs taken, is of such a nature that if it is
stopped immediately, permanent physical and mental harm will
be done to him. The taking of drugs cannot be stopped
immediately. He is then referred to a medical practitioner
who prescribes the quantity of drugs to be administered, how
and when it should be administered and in what quantity and
over what period it should be reduced. The prescribed drug
and the instructions are then given to the centre. The nurse
at the centre now has to administer the drug as instructed.
All the patient sees is that the person is getting drugs and
notice that he is “high”. This information is then given to
the visitors on visitor’s day and instead of approaching the
administrator at the centre, they would rather spread this
“juicy news”. The harm done to the centre and ultimately to
the addict is considerable. PLEASE VERIFY INFORMATION COMING
TO YOU REGARDING THE CENTRE BY CONTACTING THE HEAD OFFICE OR
THE CENTRE ITSELF.
Please also remember that the patient has been on drugs for
a long time. During that time he has become a very good
conman and has learnt how to get drugs under any
circumstance. Also remember that he will try his utmost to
get drugs into the centre when he goes into a withdrawal or
depression. That is human nature. Unfortunately we find
family members and friends “helping” him by providing these
drugs. Although we take all precautions possible, although
we have all security in place and although we preach the
fact that it is for their own good, it will sometimes slip
past us. This then is told to the outside world and the
centre is blamed for this state of affairs - NOT their
friends, NOR their family, NOR their suppliers – only the
ENTRANCE TO THE
Waking up time
Adjusted according to the times for Fajr Prayers
Fajr Salaah (prayer) is performed
Zikr and Ibadat or Tilaawat of the Quraan or
Murahkabah is performed up to Ishraaq
Up to 7h30
Breakfast and vitamins. They now have a choice
to either rest or sleep
Daily walk or cardio workout
One hour to rest, clean their rooms, make up the
beds, shower and prepare for classes
Room check by security
Group interaction and journal class - First
10 minute break
Life skills class – Second Session
10 minute break and fruit served
Minnesota model (12 step programme) class –
Free time up to Asr. Sport programme or gym
exercises or resting. The patients are required
to participate in sports such as cricket,
soccer, volleyball, swimming or gym between
fifteen hundred hours and Asr. The type of sport
they partake in for the day depends on the
weather and their decision. They have a choice
of table tennis, pool or snooker if the weather
Quraan reading, Individual Zikr etc. Between The
patients have a Madressa class followed by a
Read Surah Mulk, Surah Sigdah and Surah wakiyah
and the reading of the Quraan.
Free time. The patients can now use the free
time to complete any assignments given to them
and to socialise with the other patients.
Durood or Madressa classes
Free time. The patients now enjoy more free time
during which the patients may play any sport
(under supervision) or intermingle with other
patients at the centre.
Lights out from Sunday to Thursday
Lights out Friday and Saturday
Individual counselling takes place throughout the week on a
roster basis. You will usually see your counsellor 4 to 6
times for personal counselling during your stay.
There is a television for evening viewing outside of
Failing to comply with the above will result in appropriate
measures being taken.
Total dedication and commitment must be given to achieve the
full benefit of the above programme.
Patients are allowed week-end entertainment
Our programme can be broken down into four categories:
One on One counselling and
Daily Programmes (Amaals).
i. 12 STEPS
The twelve step programme is an internationally used
programme designed to help the recovering drug addict find
out who they are, come closer to ALLAAH (a higher power)
and start making amends for their past. It is one of the
most successful programmes that rehabilitation centres have
been using as already mentioned. We have altered the
programme to cater for any belief that a person may have,
especially for Muslims.
ii. LIFE SKILLS
Life Skills cover a very large spectrum of daily activities
that a person without an addiction problem may take for
granted. Some examples of these are time management, dealing
with stress, relationships, anger management and so on.
There are two methods to convey these skills to the
The classroom method (work groups)
Hands-on practical approach.
One of the most commonly found problems
with a person suffering from addiction is their inability to
deal with everyday events and problems.
iii. ONE ON ONES
One on Ones are the individual sessions that a patient will
have with our counsellors. The team consist of Counsellors,
Social Worker and a Psychologist. The aim of having these
personalized sittings is to help the person with intimate
problems they may be experiencing and to guide the patient
through the programme. We have customized the programme to
cater for the individual. We will be able to determine
whether a person has a psychiatric problem that will need
more specialised attention during this period. We will
evaluate the situation if such a case should arise and, if
we cannot accommodate the particular needs of the patient,
will refer the patient to the either the psychiatrist or
iv. DAILY PROGRAMMES
Our Daily Amaals (Programme) has been put together to help
the recovering addict regain several attributes that they
will need to survive in the world (good habits, routine,
discipline). Although we have based the times around the
Islamic Salaah times (catering for majority of patients we
help), we do not enforce these times on persons of other
beliefs. What we do encourage our non-Muslim patients to do
during these times is to practise there own religions. After
each Salaah, there is either a kitaab reading, Quraan
reading or Zikr.
Indoor sport e.g. table tennis.
Outdoor sport e.g. Volleyball, soccer, tennis etc.
Other activities to help the patient overcome the craving
GAMES ROOM / RECREATION
GYM TRAIL WALKS
TRANQUIL AREA VOLLEY
29. TYPICAL MENU
TEA / COFFEE
EGGS / TOAST
TEA / COFFEE
MUG & ROTI
TEA / COFFEE
EGGS / TOAST
DHAL & RICE
ALOO – FRY
TEA / COFFEE
TEA / COFFEE
AKNI – SOUR MILK
TEA / COFFEE
DHAL & RICE
FISH & CHIPS
TEA / COFFEE
30. DISCHARGE BEFORE RELEASE DATE
The centre will not hold itself responsible for any person
asking to be released from the centre before his due date
(before 6 weeks have lapsed). We always recommend that a
patient stay the full course as it has been designed to
terminate after six weeks have lapsed. Asking to be released
before this period has lapsed, means that the course could
not have its desired effect.
The patient who is admitted for a shorter period has either
been re-admitted because of a relapse or has made prior
arrangement so that the counsellors could adjust the
programme to suit their needs. This is only done under
31. RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING
Magaliesburg Health Centre will not allow the re-admission
of relapse patients for at least 3 to 6 months after being
discharged. Reasons for this are:
Most patients re-admitted have a negative attitude which
exerts a ruinous influence on other patients.
They do not attend group therapy classes as they already
know what is happening.
Those that do attend behave in a disruptive manner.
Some are hooked on the lifestyle that drug abuse has brought
them and do not want to let go – this creates a massive
problem for those wanting to rehabilitate.
Clearly, most of them have not made peace with their
addiction as yet – they are extremely reluctant to
rehabilitate – and come to the centre because:
They are forced to come back by their parents, elders etc.
They use the centre as a place of relief.
For personal reasons that has nothing to do with
Most of the rehabilitation centres and also social
development have stressed the point of NOT accepting relapse
patients at just any time after release from the centre.
They are of the view that they need to have a reality check
before they are given another chance. They have to be taught
the value of a rehabilitation centre and work hard towards
These regulations are not meant to close any doors for
people who are desperate for help. We are only attempting to
make sure that only those who are committed and sincerely
want to be helped are admitted – for the sake of the
institution, the patients at the centre and the patient
Application for re-admittance after 3 months will be
evaluated and assessed. They will only be re-admitted if
they are successful in their re-evaluation.
Concerning visitors, the centre does not allow any visitors
inside the precinct. We have provided facilities, a
visitor’s section and meeting area, where the patient can
enjoy a day with the family. Any packages and baggage
brought to the centre will be thoroughly searched for
undesirable items that are prohibited by management.
Parents can phone the centre at any time to make an
appointment for them to visit their son or to speak to the
counsellor. It just is not fair to rock up at the centre and
expect the counsellor to leave everything and to attend to
you. Please be considerate and phone a few days before time
so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Sunday are normally set aside for family visitation.
HALL WALKS FOR VISITORS AND PATIENTS
33. HELP AVAILABLE TO THE FAMILY
The patient is not the only person who needs assistance to
stop this scourge. The family must be helped too. They will
have to know how to deal with problems that may arise once
the patients has been discharged. They need to know and need
help to cope with the situation. Their expectations may
differ from that of the patient himself. The counsellor, who
assisted the family when the patient was referred to the
centre, will continue to do so for as long as the patient
remains at the centre. If the family stays in contact with
the centre, they can be assisted when the need arises. As a
rule the patient’s family needs to be helped in the spheres:
To develop an understanding of the condition of dependence
on alcohol or /and drugs.
To develop an understanding of the problems that has led to
the patient’s dependence on the drug.
To acknowledge and understand the problems that resulted
from this dependency.
To find ways to bridge the gap between family members,
overcome the difficulties and solve these problems to the
benefit of all concerned.
To cope with the practical domestic problems that may arise,
e.g. financial, physical, mental strain, emotional turmoil,
family relationship and general attitude towards each other.
To keep in touch with the centre and advice them of the
To assist the patient in re-adjusting to his drug-free
Relatives are encouraged to join groups, such as the
After-Care Group. These groups’s aim is to help the
dependent’s family and the protégé themselves. It would
also mean a great deal to them to meet others afflicted with
the same “disease”. They now meet people who are suffering
with the same affliction and understand their predicament.
This in itself is a great help to the family and the
ex-addicted person as they now know that there are others
who can ease their pain and suffering through understanding
and sympathy. Please refer to the section AFTER CARE CENTRES
to see which centre is closest to you.
34. WHAT YOU CAN DO
Relatives and friends are the most important people in the
life of the patient. They have the greatest influence in his
life. Unfortunately the drugs and behaviour has impeded this
relationship. Unpleasant things may have been said, or done,
or implied by all concerned resulting in everybody becoming
desperately unhappy and uncomfortable in each other’s
company. This leads to a break in family relationship and
friendship. Whatever the state of affairs, the rationale or
the feeling, the patient (maybe all parties concerned) feels
guilty, insecure and perhaps resentful. The family, on the
other hand, may feel hurt, bewildered, angry and
disappointed. Here are some hints on what you could do to
It is trying for the patient to attend our centre and to
remain drug-free. He may feel humiliated. He may be scared.
It is up to the family to encourage him to do the right
thing and attend a centre where he will receive help to
overcome his addiction. At this point most of the decent
friends have already left him and those that are with him
most probably are doing the same things he does under the
same conditions. Only his family can be relied on to rally
to his aid. They have to convince him, encourage him, plead
with him or/and threaten him to be admitted to the centre,
co-operate with the treatment team and think positively
about the future.
We will help the patient understand himself and his
problem(s) at the centre. Relatives and friends, however,
also need to learn what dependency on drugs and alcohol
means generally. They also need to learn what it means to
the patient. Why people take to drugs and how they are
introduced to this affliction. What drugs normally does to a
person and what the drug that the family member is addicted
to is doing to him. This you will find on the internet or in
books or, now also available, on CD (DVD). They also show
you what can be done to help the patient.
This knowledge will help the family to gain not only a
better understanding of the patient, but also to formulate a
clearer impression of the possible benefits of the treatment
he will receive or have received. Armed with this
information, the family will now be in a position to support
the patient to the benefit of all concerned.
35. OTHER SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE
Alcohol and drug awareness.
Information programmes for parents, teachers, pupils,
General drug information to the community.
Training for potential counsellors.
Lifestyle education i.e. preventative educational
36. SUCCESS RATE AND INFLUENCE
Determining precise statistics for a success rate is
extremely complicated, since clients move on with their
lives. A recent international survey has revealed that the
success rate of recovering addicts is extremely low.
We attribute our success rate to the fact that we are
applying a completely Islamic ethos in our effort to help
our patients and that ALLAAH is rewarding the effort with
these results. It is HIS mercy and compassion that the
success can be attributed to – something the other
institutions do not have. We are proud to be serving HIM and
his UMMAH. It is a fact that if the patient continues with
the Islamic programme of Salaah and Zikr in the outside
world (as he has been trained during his stay with us), he
will be successful as he has taken ALLAAH with him.
ARTICLES OF CONCERN
The following article appeared on the front page of the THE
TIMES on Tuesday 03 July 2012.
On page 12 of the same addition of THE TIMES the editor
gives her opinion of the scourge and how it is affecting the
We live in this harsh and dangerous world. Many people have
succumbed to the traps of drugs, alcohol and crime. It is a
sad truth but no programme is perfect. There is no ‘quick
fix’ for the people that we help. The international recovery
statistic for heroin addicts alone is that 98% will not
overcome their addiction. Only 2% of the world’s heroin
addicts will one day find peace through recovery.
Regrettably, it is impossible to get a completely accurate
success rate. It would be a dream comes true if you could
give a guarantee that a person will never again use drugs,
once they leave here but we cannot. All we can do is supply
a person with the skills he will need and to help himself by
increasing his faith in the ALMIGHTY. We help them remember
what life was like before his addiction and give them the
necessary proficiency to lead a normal drug free life. We
can do all these things but eventually it will depend on the
individual himself to make the treatment a success. Only he
will be in a position to determine whether his life will be
drugging free or not after the knowledge, he gained at the
AND ALLAH KNOWS BEST