Headway's Recovery Philosophy

"Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional."

The Headway recovery program is designed to help every client start the process of changing their view of the world by first changing themselves.

Headway is very much aligned with the Minnesota Model, the basic texts and program of action created by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, authors and founding fathers of the 12 Steps and the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. In the chapter of AA’s Big Book, The Doctors Opinion, Dr William Silkworth, a medical practitioner and friend of the fellowship who worked with thousands of hopeless alcoholics and addicts in the 1910s, ’20s and ’30s, writes.

‘Men and Woman (alcoholics) drink essentially because they like the effect produced by alcohol. The sensation is so elusive, while they admit it is injurious, they cannot after a time differentiate the true from the false. To them, the alcoholic life seems the only normal one. They are restless, irritable and discontented, unless they can again experience the sense of ease and comfort which comes at once by taking a few drinks – drinks that they see others taking with impunity. After they have succumbed to the desire again, as many do, and the phenomenon of craving develops, they pass through the well-known stages of a spree, emerging remorseful, with a firm resolution not to drink again. This is repeated over and over, and unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his (or her) recovery’ – (Pages xxvii & xxix of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous)

A psychic change can also be described as a character overhaul, a personality change or as the program calls it, a spiritual awakening.

And the Headway recovery program has been specifically designed to help every client start the process of changing their view of the world by first changing themselves.

Our program will take clients thoroughly through all 12 Steps (based on a 3-month stay) as well as being educated through experiencing the full benefits of living a life on life’s terms through work placements and the fellowship.

This includes regular and intensive psychological and counselling therapy; regular step work meetings with an assigned 12 Step work counsellor; regular emotional sobriety group meetings; regular fellowship meetings in our town, the beautiful Plettenberg Bay; a daily and weekly structure designed to build new habits and healthier routines; a work placement; outings to explore the wonderful district of Bitou, home to Plett; accountability to themselves by being accountable to their therapeutic team and community; healthy living through a nutritional daily menu; a specially designed exercise plan; yoga and other meditative resources.

The Headway recovery program won’t work for those who just want it or need it. But it will work for those who DO IT! This is a program of action after all.