Following on with our previous article, and talking about the extremes that bodybuilders, sportsmen and women will go to, to achieve peak performance and their goals. Unfortunately they sometimes lose sight of their dreams and under pressure to perform and achieve, will turn to steroids and other banned sports performance drugs which may boost or aid their performance. Things don’t always end well for some of these dedicated athletes and bodybuilders. Their muscles and bodies suffer from the prolonged use of steroids and other performance enhancing substances, and they end up both physically and psychologically addicted to these drugs. Some may be caught using the substances by the athletic governing bodies or muscle building associations and banned from competing. Those that have become addicted will need treatment for the addiction in some form of rehabilitation center.
Scotswood Retreat in Cape Town, South Africa, is a luxury, world class facility that caters for these sportsmen and others suffering from some form of addiction. After a patient completes a stay in a rehabilitation facility, they need to start up with their lives again, living a different way, a way free of the temptation to go back to those things which tempted them in the first place. This is easier said than done. They may have learned much about themselves whilst in treatment, and given many tools to keep them on the right track, but going back to your old life and trying to live differently is really, really hard. People, Places and Things. These three are the biggest stumbling blocks for recovering addicts once they leave treatment. People you associate with using your drug of choice, hanging out with them, is a huge trigger. Places you may have used your drug of choice, going to these places is dangerous for a recovering addict. Things you associate with taking your drug of choice, maybe it’s a certain cool drink bottle that your drug was in, maybe its sitting in your car where you used to hide and take that drug.
Scotswood Retreat offers a holistic, nurturing environment for patients leaving rehabilitation centers, that are looking for somewhere that they can have freedom of movement, be responsible for themselves, but within a safe environment that is completely free of any of those old triggers that they may have, which could potentially cause them to relapse. Provided that applicants meet the criteria required by the Scotswood team, they are welcome to stay there between thirty days and twenty four weeks. Scotswood is a fairly new, but highly recommended sober house in Cape Town. Owner, Julia Finnis-Bedford, has an empathy and passion for helping patients make this transition, that only somebody whose own life has been affected by addiction, can have. Julia and her team, Suzanne Van Der Wath (Recovery Assistant), Louisa Baronetti (House Manager) and Ruby Weber (Relapse Prevention Counsellor) are all very experienced with addictive behaviors and the recovery process. The team is more than qualified to assist people in making the smoothest possible transition to living a normal, healthy, sober life. Besides being located in a beautiful suburb, close to mountains and forests, Scotswood is within four kilometers of shopping centers, coffee shops and restaurants.