When I came to Oasis I was an individual who had lost all hope. The peaceful setting was very calming. All of the general staff were very helpful and friendly. I found the counsellors very professional and knowledgeable. Their pragmatic approach to structured and disciplined living was extremely well received. I left having been reintroduced to the positive individual I was prior to my using days, comfortable with the fact that I had been given all the tools I shall need in my recovery.
I found my time at oasis surprisingly comfortable and found the nurses and counsellors to be very caring. The food and grounds are beautiful. I loved my groups and the freedom we also got. I am also very grateful for the life changing experience it has given me.
The consequences of my eating disorder almost cost me everything. After an 18 year battle, I gave into it completely and nearly lost custody of my daughter, my home and landed myself in debt as a result of quitting my job.
After showing signs of heart failure my family grew desperate and sent me to Oasis. Although I always wished I could live without my eating disorder, I stopped believing years ago that it could ever be a reality for me after trying numerous other methods of treatment including inpatient therapy. I was therefore extremely skeptical when coming to Oasis.
Katherine, Frank and Landi were able to offer me a nurturing but firm foundation upon which to start rebuilding my life and recovery. It was their reasoning and knowledge that equipped me with the tools to learn how to fight for my freedom both inside and outside of Oasis. I would highly recommend coming here, especially for those living overseas, as their method of therapy, intense as it is, helped me to change my mindset and habits. I came to the clinic completely broken and not knowing who I was until I was stripped bare of my destructive behaviour and taught how to live life without addiction whilst getting to know myself along the way.
After putting everything I have learnt into practice each day, I now have a fantastic relationship with my daughter, friends and family and am able to pursue my dream of returning to university to study for my law degree. I can't thank you all enough for your efforts and dedication towards helping me with my recovery as I am now starting to appreciate life more and more each day that I fight.
“I’m a broken man” I found myself admitting to my Counsellor one afternoon in London earlier this year finding myself in circumstances that had resulted in my feeling friendless ,lifeless and directionless ,wondering how I had got to here and whether I would be able to climb out of it .It was this crisis in my middle age that took me away from my home ,my wife and my family to find a cause and I hoped a spiritual solution to my addiction which I had for so many years sought as a palliative for this disease in my life .As I’d spent a good proportion of my using years in isolation from everyone I decided that the best form of rehabilitation for me would be in a community of similar sufferers .One that is run by those either in recovery from addiction or with clinical experience of the problems of addiction ably supported by a pool of support staff well versed in the sensitive issues surrounding active addiction .
I very quickly followed advice and the recommendation that I seek help from the team at Oasis in South Africa whose sentiment “Alone We Can’t ,Together We Can” has underpinned my recovery .To this end my weeks spent at the Plettenberg Bay practice consisted of one-to-one therapy sessions with a personal counsellor scheduled within a structured day of group sessions with all the clients in the community ,set written exercises following themes in treatment ,interaction on personal experiences in addiction and detailed analysis of the Twelve Step programme .Physical and spiritual needs complimentary to formal presentational work were provided by daily walks to and along a spectacular nearby ocean beach ,regular yoga classes and mindfulness discussions together with a full programme of carefully planned weekend activities .Every evening after dinner and in preparation for their recovery after Oasis , all clients attend a local designated Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meeting organised by ,and for local people of the kind familiar around the world.
In keeping with a strict policy of anonymity this review of my experience at Oasis will be not be accredited but I do exist and while I will always be an addict my hope is that I am no longer a lost man .
``Having been in and out of recovery for over 20 years and relapsed after multiple years sobriety I arrived at oasis totally broken and without hope. Having done the rounds of rehabs over the years 14 in total... I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I believe Frank and Kathryn and their team at Oasis are some of the best in the business. They pushed me to go beyond my substance abuse and address the self narrative and underlying behaviours / self beliefs that kept taking me back to relapse... having been in their are I am still going strong.... I would have no problem recommending Oasis to anyone suffering with their addiction. If they can help me they can really help anyone. Signed with so much hope and gratitude