Who are we?

From all walks of life people with a substance abuse problem join the treatment programs of Castle Carey Clinic, forming together in their wondrous shapes, colors and swirls the background for the weaving of this tapestry.

Our Mission

  • Provide an excellent service to all communities, groups and individuals with respect to prevention and treatment of substance/chemical dependence

  • Promote a healthy manner of life in all communities by means of purposeful and effective awareness programs, treatment programs and after-care programs.

  • Contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in all communities concerned

  • Motivate staff in a multi-disciplinary team positively to do their best in pursuance of their duty.

  • Provide positive and excellent services by means of sound and effective management.

Final Words

In the tranquil atmosphere of a Pretoria suburb between lustrous trees, surrounded by the song of wild birds, lies Castle Carey Clinic with a homely ambiance where family, friends and significant others of patients are welcomed as part of the recovery process. With the support of our highly experienced multi-disciplinary team, individualized care and excellent treatment programs, the addict receives the necessary equipment to start weaving his/her own tapestry of recovery.

Our programmes:

At SANCA we provide a wide range of programmes that might suit your needs:
Dependency Cost
Alcohol Dependency Treatment
21 Days R19 300
Fee per day (less than 21 days) R1000
Detox fee per day for 5 days R1200
Extension treatment after 21 days per day R850
Drug and medication treatment
42 Days R32 000
Extension of treatment after 42 days (per day) R850
Assessment fee R500
Re-assessment fee (after 72 hours) R300
Assessment only
Referral report (including assessment fee) R1200
Confirmation letter and assessment feedback letter (including assessment fee) R700
Out patient treatment
Per individual session R500
Single room
21 day patient R1000 (additional)
42 day patient R1500 (additional)
Luxury rooms (D-Passage)
Patients on medical aid
Shared room for 21 days R1000
Shared room for 42 days R2000
Single room for 21 days R2000
Single room for 42 days R4000
Polmed patients No charges
Fully paid cash patients
Shared room No charges
Single room for 21 days R2000
Single room for 42 days R4000
Extension (including therapy, meals & primary healthcare) R7000 per month

Castle Carey Clinic accommodates 52 patients and admissions are done on specific times throughout a day from Mondays to Sundays all year round. Alcohol admissions are done from 6:00 to 16:00 and from 19:00 to 22:00 from Monday to Sunday. An assessment by the Multi-Professional Team is done prior to admission of all 42 day patients and are compulsory. An assessment does, however, not All patients are treated as individuals with unique needs regarding their treatment. In order to do so, each patient will compile, together with an assigned individual therapist, an Individual Treatment Plan (ITP). This treatment plan will be managed by the therapist and the patient and the multi-professional team will monitor the progress of the treatment plan

The youth drug unit named Lapalamé accommodates a maximum of 8 patients and functions separately from Castle Carey Clinic. The facility are designed for the needs of young males aged 13-18. A clinical assessment by the multi-professional team in respect of all drug patients is required before admission. Initially patients are helped to adjust to their new environment as well as to develop insight and consciousness into their addiction. The development of a negative attitude towards drugs as well as an understanding of the consequences of drugs in their own lives form part of the rehabilitation program. Focus is also placed on the teaching of life skills, life after rehabilitation and identifying of support systems in the community. As part of the therapy program, parents are encouraged to take part in all stages of treatment, from assessment through to completion. The parent support group is also in place to offer support and comfort to parents that need assistance, and to offer advice to parents of children who are not in the program. An after-care group takes place once a month. An out-patient program also exist were patients can move into the system and make use of the groups and /or individual sessions but then move out again and still live at home.

The Soshanguve sub-clinic is based in Block H and has an out-patient program for alcohol and drug dependents for rehabilitation of people who have become dependant on a chemical substance and experience the negative effects in their work, family and social life and who wants to change this pattern of behavior. The out-patient treatment program makes it possible for the chemical dependant person to still live and work in the community while addressing his or her life threatening problem. Services include support to individuals who has a dependency problem but who can’t stay in the clinic over night. A social worker has sessions to support individuals but also to handle enquiries of the community. This program runs from Monday to Friday between 07:30 and 16:00.


Kick Your Habit

About Us:

South African National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence

The National body was established in 1956 with its major concern the prevention, treatment and aftercare of alcoholism and drug dependence. Today there are 32 SANCA Societies in most of the larger centers around the country – at least one in all 9 provinces. Each Society is autonomous although it is affiliated to the National Council which is based in Johannesburg. SANCA Pretoria/Soshanguve is the SANCA Society that operates in Pretoria, Soshanguve and surrounding areas and consists of three clinics: Castle Carey Clinic, Lapalamé Youth Drug Unit and Soshanguve Out-patient Clinic.

Contact us:

Send us an email and we would be more than happy to respond
Cnr Waterbok and Rachel De Beer Ninapark
(012) 542 1121
081 318 1511
Fax: (012) 542 3030

Find Us:

Castle Carey Clinic is located on the corner of Rachel De Beer and Waterbok Street in Ninapark, Pretoria

Drug Info:

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Zol // Joint // Ganja // Marijuana // Weed

Method of use:

Smoked as a cigarette ("joint"), in a pipe, in a water pipe ("bong" or “hubly bubly”) or cooking (“space cakes")
Inhaling the vapors of heated cannabinoid oil ("hash oil")
Signs and Symptoms:

Memory loss, poor concentration, short attention span
Lethargy and forgetfulness, difficulty to follow routines or master new material
Poor motivation and lowered ambition, lack of interest in surroundings, relationships and activities
Relaxed, feelings of euphoria and talkativeness
Low energy levels: Avoids tasks requiring effort and prefers to remain passive
May bring on cravings for certain food, sense of hunger ("the munchies")
Mood swings
Feel detached from reality
Dryness of mouth
Dilated pupils and redness of eyes
Yellowish-brownish stains on the hands
Auditory and visual hallucinations (Dagga psychosis) and aggravates existing emotional/psychological problems
Psychological addiction
Can cause lack of virility, infertility, miscarriages due to the affected ovaries. THC can reduce the level of testosterone
Withdrawal symptoms:

Very little, if any, physical withdrawal symptoms
Irritability and aggression
Mood-swings and restlessness
Poor emotional control
Loss of appetite

Psychosis and possible Skizophrenia
Believing that drugs are not so dangerous or addictive (it takes longer to become addicted to dagga than majority of street drugs)
Introduction to other drugs such as Heroin
Other longer term mental illnesses such as depression
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Signs and Symptoms:

Smell of alcohol on their breath or skin, flushed skin
Glazed or bloodshot eyes
Unusually passive or argumentative or the complete opposite
Deterioration in the person's appearance or hygiene
Poor concentration and memory loss
Prone to serious illnesses
Behavioural changes
Mood swings
Binge drinking:

Binge drinking is a form of alcoholism which is very much unrecognised or missed. A binge drinker typically drinks only on specific occasions, e.g. birthdays, month end, weekends, etc. When drinking the binge drinker loses control, despite his intention to limit and control his alcohol intake.

Long term effects:

Cirrhosis of the liver and heart and nerve damage
Alcoholic hepatitis
Mental illness, e.g. depression and anxiety
Delirium Tremens and Korsakov syndrome
Impaired cognitive functioning
High blood pressure and other cardio-vascular problems
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Signs and Symptoms:

Increase energy levels and blocks feelings of hunger (weight loss)
Feeling of euphoria
Impulsive and erratic behavior
Increased and strong sense of alertness, confidence and arousal
Aggression and sometimes violence
Sleep disturbances
Weight loss
Withdrawal symptoms:

Withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and should be done with the help of a medical professional.

Paranoia, irritability and severe anxiety and depression
Mood swings
Periods of depression
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Cough mixture and Codeine

Characteristics of abuse

Signs of euphoria, but having a bombed appearance
Slurred and incoherent speech and
Having a number of doctors and pharmacists to provide medication
Withdrawal symptoms:

Withdrawal symptoms are similar to that of Heroin and should be managed by a medical professional.

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Rocks // Gafief // Zoom

Crack is made from the resin of cocaine and is smoked through a metal or glass pipe. The high last for 15-20 minutes, and the drug is cheaper and more easily obtainable. However, a crack smoker becomes obsessive with the high and binges in order to maintain the high.

Effects of crack:

Anorexia, insomnia, paranoia, psychosis and development of permanent mental illness
Anxiety, depression, irritability
Physical health may deteriorate
Poor immunity
Intense cravings
Compulsive and repetitive of behaviour
Alienate family and friends and being very manipulative and lying
Negative behavioural changes, i.e. lying and stealing and
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H // Thai // Nyope/Woonga/Unga(Dagga and heroin)

Heroin is a white powder, known as “Thai White”. It is derived from the Poppy-plant and was used as cough medicine as well as a substitute for Morphine in the early 1900’s. Pure heroin is a white, odourless powder with a bitter taste. Street heroin varies in colour from white, pink/beige to dark brown. Differences in colours are due to the fact that Heroin powder is mixed (“cut”) with derivatives to increase its volume.

Heroin can be taken by injection (“spiking”), smoking it (Nyaope) or inhaling (“chasing/smoking”) it. In order to spike Heroin, the powder has to be dissolved in water and then injected. It is smoked usually by combining it with dagga (Nyaope). Chasing refers to inhaling “fumes” of heroin by heating it on tinfoil. After feelings of intense euphoria, a period of tranquillity follows, lasting up to an hour. The effects usually wear off in 3-5 hours, depending on the dose and the patient’s tolerance.

Effects of heroin:

Poor concentration and memory
Decreased physical activity
Constriction of the eye pupils and drooping of eyelids
Mood swings
Withdrawn and tired
Nausea and vomiting
Death due to overdose
Severe weight loss
Severe dependence and mental deterioration
Constipation or diahoerreah
Withdrawal symptoms:

Withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and should be done with the help of a medical professional.

Excessive sweating
Agitation and irritability
Shaking and shivering
Aches and pains in muscles, joints and bones
Stomach cramps
Poor to no appetite
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Effects of inhalants:

Glazed eyes
Smelling of glue/ fumes
Slow responses
Inability to think clearly or logically
Accumulation of toxic levels of lead
Liver and kidneys toxicity and
Permanent short-term memory loss
Ulcers in mouth or respiratory tract
Withdrawal symptoms::

Hostile outbursts

These symptoms can last for a few weeks after a person stops using. With medical treatment, these symptoms can be managed.

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Tik // Crystal meth // Globes // Straws

Effects of methamphetamine:

High energy levels
Poor appetite and weight loss
Feelings of increased alertness and euphoria
Insomnia with periods of severe fatigue and depression in between
Agitation and irritability
Suicidal thoughts, aggression and violence
Paranoia, intense anxiety and sometimes hallucinations and psychosis
Incessant talking
Withdrawal symptoms:

Depression and anxiety
Fatigue and physical discomfort
Sleeping and eating disturbances
Aggression, irritability, agitation, mood-swings and
Intense cravings for the drug.

These symptoms can last for a few weeks after a person stops using. With medical treatment, these symptoms can be managed.

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