On Saturday, 22 October, HouseOnCedar launched its newly-constructed standalone treatment facility designed to accommodate the rising demand for non-resident addiction treatment strategies.  In addition, HouseOnCedar is deploying a newly-revised and updated suite of recovery programmes developed to most-effectively assist clients in regaining a productive place in the mainstream of society with minimal risk of reversion to negative behaviours.

To mark the occasion, HouseOnCedar hosted a successful corporate open day, including a cedar tree planting ceremony, followed by HouseOnCedar’s annual Spring Break party, an event traditionally held to convey the facility’s gratitude for support and interest shown by the recovery community during the year.

“We’ve reviewed our policy approach and identified two primary areas of focus.  Firstly, our facility needed to accommodate increasing numbers of “offsite clients” – those who don’t live – in but are present for and adhere to a regimen of programme activity, as well as – spatially – to separate our counselling and treatment activities, group and individual therapy sessions from the sober living or halfway living aspect of our operation.

The cedar tree, throughout history, has had connotations of healing, growth and ‘leading those who have strayed back onto the path’, so we thought it appropriate to plant an indigenous species of this auspicious tree which so engenders our work at HouseOnCedar to mark our landmark developments in our niche of the health sector “ says Julie Tantum, head of HouseOnCedar.  She goes on to explain: “Secondly, addiction rehabilitation is an area that is dynamic in the development of its methodologies so we spend a great deal of time keeping ourselves up-to-date with efficacy models and insights into effective healing programmes.  Combined with our “tried, tested and found effective” core of recovery strategies, our revised programme range competently reflects our ethical vigilance.”

Following its initial three-year phase of establishment and “debugging’, HouseOnCedar is now fully-equipped to develop individually-customized recovery solutions that embrace the special uniqueness of each client and is numbered among Johannesburg’s elite facilities of this nature.  “There is no such thing as a once-size-fits-all recovery solution.  We aim to find each client’s best fit” says Tantum.

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Widdringtonia nodiflora (mountain cypress) is a species of Widdringtonia native to Southern Africa. It usually grows at high altitudes, typically among rocks on mountainsides growing among rocks, and in gullies and in mountain fynbos and grassland… Its foliage and wood are highly flammable while its natural habitat is prone to fire. To compensate, the species will coppice from its roots after being burnt down.   This is reflective of substance use disorder sufferers rising from the ashes of his addictive chaos at HouseOnCedar.

The mountain cypress occurs naturally from Table Mountain in the south, to southern Malawi, southern Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe and throughout eastern and southern South Africa. It is the only widespread species in its genus, and the only one not threatened or endangered. It is closely related to the endangered cypress (“Cedar”) of the Cedarberg mountains.

HouseOnCedar’s Widdringtonia nodiflora will, therefore, be really comfortable at its new home on the slopes of Northcliff Hill.