About ARCA Johannesburg

The ARCA treatment model came about when a gap was noticed in the approach to addiction treatment methods in South Africa. Low treatment outcomes and high relapse rates indicated a need for the approach to addiction treatment to be changed. Addiction is classed as a medical disease and it is only through a combined medical and psycho-social approach that there have been significant increases in positive treatment outcomes.

Assisted Recovery Centres of Africa (ARCA)

ARCA JHB offers a full medical detoxification to remove the drug and other unwanted toxins from the body. This detox minimizes cravings and withdrawals that are often a barrier to many when seeking treatment. The latest medications are then administered to minimize withdrawal symptoms and control cravings in the long term. This medical approach, combined with expert counseling and cognitive behaviour therapy, is by far the most effective treatment approach for alcoholism and drug dependence available today in South Africa.


ARCA has helped hundreds of people get on the road to recovery and stay there by going beyond the 12-step programs that are available.
We understand what you are going through. After you finish the initial detoxification, you enter our psycho-social program where our trained social workers and psychologists will counsel you to identify trigger factors, discuss coping strategies and work on planning for your substance free future.
ARCA offers people suffering from addiction a practical and sustainable path to recovery, and the opportunity to restore one’s life to one of happiness, satisfaction and quality. Of course, this requires motivation and effort, but the unique combination of medication, therapy and a truly caring environment makes this a lot easier.
The ARCA experience can truly transform your life!   Many patients have reported being to rehab several times with no success.

I entered the ARCA Centre on the 17th of July 2014, I had my last drink on the 16th of July 2014. Since then I never looked back, I have just finished two months without even a drop of alcohol. I have been taking pills since then and stopped last week on Friday. Since then I’ve never looked back.

Ciyo’s Success Story

For more than 20 years, Mum has battled the alcoholism monster. ARCA’s unique program has been the most successful to date… and a non-trivial success at that.

Bo’s Story
We realized that to achieve success, we would have to start from the bottom and work our way up. We began by viewing addiction as a medical disease. And to treat a medical disease, you would go to a doctor. Our doctors begin by performing a medical detoxification which cleanses your body of all alcohol and drugs. This removes the traditional 7-10 day natural withdrawal, which is a major concern for most patients, as they fear the mental and physical symptoms of withdrawal.
Thereafter you are placed on our non-addictive anti-craving medication. This cuts out cravings and allows you to focus on your recovery without the mental and physical cravings. The advances in the understanding of the neurobiology of addictive disorders has led to the development of an entirely new class of medications that target specific regions of the brain that have no addictive properties and have to be used just long enough for the brain to heal through counselling. One of these medications was developed by the US government almost thirty years ago to prevent relapse (the most troublesome aspect of addiction) when patients returned home to past drug or alcohol use. This is the only medication approved by the FDA to treat both heroin addiction and alcoholism.