Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol abuse is a disorder that is defined by the recurring use of alcohol despite the negative consequences that it has. Not all alcohol abusers develop alcohol dependence which is why alcohol abuse is characterised by the pattern of drinking that negatively affects work, educational, medical, legal or social aspects of a person’s life.

At Riverview Manor we offer an integrated program that includes a 12-step program, and aspects of the Minnesota Model. With highly trained staff and a tranquil environment that resonates with healing and recovery, our program focuses on equipping our clients with life skills vital to a sustained recovery.


Identifying alcohol abuse


In a country where alcohol consumption is seen as a social norm, it is often difficult to distinguish between social drinking and alcohol abuse.


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines alcohol abuse as a pattern of drinking that results in one or more of the following situations within a 12-month period:

  • Failure to fulfil major work, school, or home responsibilities
  • Drinking in situations that are physically dangerous, such as whilst driving a car or operating machinery
  • Having recurring alcohol-related legal problems, such as being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or for physically hurting someone while drunk
  • Continued drinking despite having ongoing relationship problems that are caused or worsened by the drinking


What is the difference between alcohol abuse and alcoholism?


While alcohol abuse and alcoholism share similar characteristics, the main difference is that abuse of this substance does not necessarily include suffering from withdrawal symptoms or needing more and more amounts to achieve intoxication (tolerance).


Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence, is the most severe form of alcohol abuse. It is a chronic disease that is characterised by the consumption of alcohol at a level that interferes with physical and mental health and with family and social responsibilities.




Many people that suffer from alcohol abuse do not recognise when their drinking gets out of hand. In the past, treatment involved confrontation about the denial of their problem, although research shows that compassion and empathetic counselling is much more effective.


The first phase of treatment involves withdrawal management for those people who require it., in the form of total abstinence from alcohol. Withdrawal is done in a controlled and supervised setting. In more serious cases the detoxification process usually takes between four to seven days.


Following withdrawal management, alcohol rehabilitation or recovery programs play an important part in supporting the affected person to maintain abstinence from alcohol.

It is important to remember that other psychiatric conditions, such as depression or bipolar disorder, may coexist with alcohol abuse, which may result in relapse if not recognised and treated.


Why choose Riverview Manor?


Riverview Manor’s programme incorporates the best of both traditional and modern approaches, and is constantly being updated to maintain relevance in an ever-evolving field of research.


We offer individual therapy at least twice a week, as well as group therapy sessions that are practically orientated and interactive.

Our adapted 12-step program is offered as a tool to help clients understand why some problems develop; explore the impact that it has on their lives, and to assist in their recovery.

Our intensive programme also includes:

  • Life Skills
  • Craft
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Recovery planning
  • Medical Lectures
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Psycho Education such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Spirituality Recreation
  • Physical Activities such as gym and walking


How to enrol in the programme

If you wish to contact Riverview Manor regarding an inquiry or wish to enrol in our programme you can contact us on 033 701 1911. You can also fill in your details on the contact form provided.


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