The Boniwe Centre uses the Minnesota Model approach for patient treatment which is one of the most widely used and recognized treatment models for drug and alcohol addiction in the world. Our view is that addiction is a disease and abstinence from alcohol and mood altering drugs is considered necessary for long-term recovery.
The Treatment Process
A multidisciplinary team of professionals (e.g., counsellors, psychologists, doctors, nurses social workers) plan and assist in the treatment process for each patient. Each member of the team meets individually with the patient to conduct an interview, review the patient’s test results, and review the questionnaire that the client completes. After the patient is seen by each team member, the team meets without the client to discuss the findings and form a treatment plan that includes individualized goals and objectives. The team will also meet with direct family members to discuss and evaluate the patient’s history and behaviour prior to beginning any treatment.
The philosophy of the Minnesota Model is based on the 12 step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. The treatment provides tools and a context for the patient to learn new ways of living without alcohol and other drugs. This type of treatment can be employed on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
Most of the international rehabilitation centres with sound reputations such as the Betty Ford Clinic, The Priory, Passages to name but a few are practitioners of the Minnesota Model, as do the more reputable and effective centres in South Africa.
Our Goals & Objectives
Our primary goal is to help our patients achieve a lifetime of pleasurable sobriety free from alcohol and other mood-altering chemicals and to enjoy improved quality of life. We aim to meet this goal by applying the principles of the 12-step philosophy, which include frequent meetings with other recovering people and changes in daily behaviour. The ultimate objective is assisting patients to change their basic thinking, feeling, and acting in the world helping them to create a sustainable life. Within the model, this change is referred to as a ‘spiritual experience’.