Recovery Centre treatment approach

Who we treat?

Types of addictions we treat:
Alcohol, Central nervous depressants, Cocaine, Dimethyltriptamine, GHB OR Gammahydroxybutyrate or sodium oxybate, Inhalants, Ketamine a surgical anaesthetic, Khat, LSD, Marijuana (Cannabis), MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), Methamphetamine (Tik, Crystal Meth), Over-the-Counter Medicines, Over-the-Counter stimulants, Steroids, Synthetic Cannabinoids and Behavioural (Process) addictions.

Addiction is a biopsychosocial disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences. Meaning an addictive personality has lost his or her control of their substance of choice or behaviors that are causing physiological and physical harm. As we explore this definition of addiction, we have over many years expanded our treatment protocols to include the substances and behaviors listed below


a colourless volatile flammable liquid which is produced by the natural fermentation of sugars and is the intoxicating constituent of wine, beer, spirits, and other drinks, and is also used as an industrial solvent and as fuel.

Central nervous depressants

Barbiturates: pentobarbital (Nembutal )
Slang terms: Barbs, Dolls, Phennies, Red/BlueBirds, Tooties, Yellow Jackets, Yellows

Benzodiazepines: alprazolam (Xanax ), chlorodiazepoxide (Librium ), diazepam (Valium ), lorazepam (Ativan ), triazolam (Halicon)
Slang terms: Benzos, Downers, Poles, Tranks, Totem Z-Bars, Vs, Yellow/Blue Zs, Zannies

Sleep Medications: eszopiclone (Lunesta ), zaleplon (Sonata ), zolpidem (Ambien )
Slang terms: Forget-me pill, Looney Bar, R2, Roche, TicTacs, Sleepeasy, Symphony, Zombie flip


hydrochloride topical solution (low dose anesthetic used in certain medical procedures)
Slang terms Blow, Bump, C, Coke, Crack, Dust, Flake, Nose Candy, Rock, Snow, Sneeze, Sniff, Toot, White Rock


Slang terms: Businessman’s Special, DMT, Dimitri

GHB OR Gammahydroxybutyrate or sodium oxybate

Slang terms: G, Gamma-oh, GEEB, Gina, Goop, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X, Scoop, Soap


All forms of household products including; Paint thinners or removers, degreasers, dry-cleaning fluids, gasoline, lighter fluids, correction fluids, permanent markers, electronics cleaners and freeze sprays, glue, spray paint, hair or deodorant sprays, fabric protector sprays, aerosol computer cleaning products, vegetable oil sprays, butane lighters, propane tanks, whipped cream aerosol containers, refrigerant gases, ether, chloroform, halothane, nitrous oxide, prescription nitrites
Slang terms: Air blast, Aimies, Bullets, Laughing gas, Moon gas, Oz, Poppers, Snappers, Snotballs, Toilet Water, Whippets, Whiteout

Ketamine a surgical anaesthetic

Slang terms: Cat Valium, K, Lady K, Special K, Vitamin


contains the psychoactive chemicals cathinone and cathine
Slang terms: Catha, Chat, Kat, Oat, poor man’s cocaine
Synthetic Cathinones (Bath Salts) – an emerging family of drugs containing one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone, a stimulant found naturally in the khat plant.
Slang terms – Bath Blow, Bloom, Blue Silk, Bubbles, Cloud Nine, Cosmic Blast, Flakka, Ivory Wave, Lunar Wave, Salting, Scarface, Vanilla Sky, White Lightning, Wicked X


A hallucinogen manufactured from lysergic acid.
Slang terms: Acid, Blotter, Boomers, Cid, Golden Dragon, Looney Tunes, Lucy Mae, Microdots, Tabs, Yellow Sunshine
Psilocybin A hallucinogen in certain types of mushrooms – slang terms – Little Smoke, Magic Mushrooms, Purple Passion, Sacred Mush, Sewage Fruit, Shrooms, Zoomers

Marijuana (Cannabis)

is made from the hemp plant.
Slang terms: 420, Blunt, Bud, Doobie, Dope, Ganja, Grass, Green, Herb, Joint, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, Sinsemilla, Skunk, Smoke, Stinkweed, Trees, Weed and edibles i.e. space cookies
HASISH is pure sticky substances
Slang terms: Boom, Gangster, Hash, Hemp Concentrates: Budder, Crumble, Shatter, Wax

MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly)

A synthetic, psychoactive drug that has similarities to both the stimulant amphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. MDMA is an abbreviation of the scientific name 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine.
Slang terms: Adam, E, X, XTC, Beans, Candy, Ebomb, Thizz, Love Drug, Molly, Rolls, Skittles, Sweets, Vitamin E or X.

Methamphetamine (Tik, Crystal Meth)

An extremely addictive stimulant amphetamine drug.
Slang terms: Crank, Chalk, Crystal, Dunk, Gak, Ice, Meth, Pookie, Quartz, Rocket Fuel, Scooby Snax, Speed, Trash
With cocaine: Croak, Shabu
With MDMA: Hugs and Kisses, Party and Play (P&P)

Over-the-Counter Medicines

pain relievers with an origin similar to that of heroin
Prescription Opioids – Blonde, Blue Diamond, Snowflake, Humid, Jackpot, Murder 8, Tango and Cash, TNT
Methadone – Amidone, Biscuits, Fizzies , Jungle Juice, Maria, Wafer
Morphine – Dreamer, First Line, Joy Juice, Morpho, Miss Emma, Monkey, White Stuff, Mister Blue, Unkie
Prescription Codeine – slang terms Captain Cody, Coties, Schoolboy
Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone – slang terms – Vikes, Veeks, Idiot Pills, Scratch, 357s, Lemonade, Bananas, Dones, Droco, Lorries

Over-the-Counter stimulants

Medications that increase alertness, attention, energy, blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate.
Amphetamine (Adderall ) – slang terms – Addys, Bennies, Beans, Black Beauties, Crosses, Hearts, Ivy League Drug, Pep Pills, Speed, Uppers
Methylphenidate (Concerta , Ritalin ) – slang terms – Diet Coke, JIF, Kiddie Coke, MPH, R-Ball, RPop, Skippy, Study Buddies , The Smart Drug, Vitamin R.
Rohypnol (Flunitrazepam) – A benzodiazepine chemically similar to prescription sedatives such as Valium® and Xanax® that may be misused for its psychotropic effects – slang terms Circles, Date Rape Drug, Forget-Me Pill, La Rocha, Mind Eraser, Pingus, R2, Rib, Variations of: Roaches, Roapies, Rochas Dos, Roofies, Rope, Rophies, Rowie, Ruffies


man-made substances used to treat conditions caused by low levels of steroid hormones in the body and misused to enhance athletic and sexual performance and physical appearance. Nandrolone (Oxandrin ) , oxandrolone (Anadrol), oxymetholone (Anadrol-50®), testosterone cypionate ( Depo-testosterone)
Slang terms – Gear, Gym Candy, Juice, Pumpers, Roids, Stacking

Synthetic Cannabinoids

a wide variety of herbal mixtures containing man-made cannabinoid chemicals related to THC in marijuana but often much stronger and more dangerous.
Slang terms – Black Mamba, Bliss Fake Weed, Fire, Genie, K-2, Moon Rocks, Solar Flare, Skunk, Smacked, Spice, Yucatan, Zohai

Behavioural (Process) addictions

It is the compulsive nature of the behaviour that is often indicative of a behavioural addiction, or process addiction, in an individual. The compulsion to continually engage in an activity or behaviour despite the negative impact on the person’s
ability to remain mentally and/or physically healthy and functional in the home and community.

  • Sex and love addiction ¬- used to describe any out of control sexual activity.
  • Pornography addiction – refers to a person becoming emotionally dependent on pornography to the point that it interferes with their daily life, relationships, and ability to function.
  • Gambling addiction is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life.
  • Gaming addiction – is compulsive or uncontrolled use of video games, in a way that causes problems in other areas of the person’s life
  • Internet addiction is characterized by excessive or poorly controlled preoccupations, urges or behaviours regarding computer use and internet access that lead to impairment or distress.
  • Food addiction – lose control over their eating behavior and find themselves spending excessive amounts of time involved with food and overeating, or anticipating the emotional effects of compulsive overeating.
  • Exercise addiction – is an unhealthy obsession with physical fitness and exercise. It’s often a result of body image disorders and eating disorders. Exercise addicts display traits similar to those of other addicts, which include: obsessing over the behavior. engaging in the behavior even though it’s causing physical harm.

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