About Our Success Rate

About our Success Rate

Here at Noupoort Christian Care Centre we do not follow a conventional model or Twelve-Step Program. We believe in a Faith Based program combined with long term treatment. Furthermore we do not believe the term “Once an addict, always an addict” and so we claim that our model which is based on the Bible and Jesus Christ results in a 76% success rate for those who successfully complete our program.

How do we get to 76% ? Many centres, institutions have claims of recovery and success rates but how does onesubstantiate such claims? Easy, we post the findings and the report on our website. So please feel free to download the survey we did in 2003 which was done in line with the studies and reports done on Teen Challenge at the University of Tennesse.

When Did we do the survey

This survey which was done in 2003 was done at random and respondents covered an intake time period from 1998 to 2003.

How did we do the survey

  • The survey was done at random from an alphabetic database on the alumni of these years.
  • The database was divided into 4 groupings of people who had only completed the program.
  • Each group was allocated a Group Leader
  • A questionnaire was designed to obtain all the relevant facts which were to be processed in the survey.
  • Each team proceeded to contact previous residents in their respective grouping.
  • In total, 50 respondents were contacted and questioned. After these 50 respondents across the 4 groups were contacted, the survey was compiled in relation to only those 50 respondents.
  • The demographics of the respondents were as follows
    • 1998 – 4%
    • 1999 – 10%
    • 2000 – 16%
    • 2001 – 28%


Area from where respondents originated


The Drug Preference of respondants

Drugs respondents used before coming to NCCC


What Respondents viewed as the three things they mostly attributed their recovery to


The source of referrals


What directions respondants prospected after leaving


What other rehabs respondents attended before NCCC





Area where respondents originated


The drug preference of respondents


What drugs did respondents use before coming to NCCC


What Respondents viewed as the three things they mostly attributed their recovery to


The source of referral


What directions respondants prospected after leaving



What other rehabs respondants attended before NCCC



Area from where respondents originated


The drug preference of respondents


What drugs did respondents use before coming to NCCC


What Respondents viewed as the three things they mostly attributed their recovery to


Source of referral


Have you experienced cravings since completing the program


Have you relapsed after leaving the program


What directions respondants entered after leaving the program


Are you substance free


Have you attended any rehabs before coming to NCCC


What were the Results ?

The drug of choice was Heroin first with Cocaine as second. The preferred manner of use of Heroin was through injection and Coke through the smoking of “crack” or “rocks”. Dagga was the most widely used drug as 66% of respondents used it before coming to Noupoort and most people were initiated into the drug culture by this substance.

Of the respondents interviewed 72% quoted the Lord Jesus Christ as the main reason for recovery.

The NCCC “Faith based program” with Jesus as the only answer for recovery reflects a 76% success rate of the respondents that completed the long term program.

No information is available for any other treatment centres or specialist treatment centres as they like to refer to themselves. Most don’t foresee recovery but are always recovering. “Once an addict always an addict”

Involvement in a church, bible study and employment also play a major role in keeping respondents recovered.

Why did we do the Survey?

The NCCC survey has several specific objectives:

  • To develop a network of role payers for successful recovery of substance abusers
  • To identify changes in the nature and extent of substance abuse throughout the country
  • To identify emerging problems
  • To identify areas and institutions where NCCC residents originate
  • To stimulate and identify elements that improve the recovery rate of students and residents
  • To identify the source of referrals
  • What direction residents plan to enter after completion of the program
  • To determine how revenue can be utilised to stop the destruction of the workforce and the economy
  • To compare the importance of different recovery centres and programs
  • To emphasize the importance of graduating from the NCCC program compared to leaving the program prematurely

It is important to determine to what extent, if at all, centres should be supported which are unsuccessful in bringing substance abusers to recovery. Most established recovery centres are no more than places for addicts to “dry out”.Short term programs have been exposed to be totally ineffective and a money making racket.

The concern of low cure rates of most programs leaves us with the question if this is what should then be expected and contended with. If the disastrous cure rate and minimal changes in behaviour are to be anticipated, is there any sense, apart from abusing funds from the victims family in continuing with such programs?

The public have the right to know the bare facts about recovery and recovery centres .The circumstances in which significantly higher success rates are prevalent should be brought to the attention of the public and role players. Comparisons between program fees and success rates are of utmost importance. Not only monies taken under false pretence but lives are also at stake.

Throughout the world Faith based programs together with long term rehabilitation have proven to be the only programs with a high success rate. These programs are the only ones that foresee full recovery. The other programs do not foresee recovery after one program, but repeated episodes of treatment with the abuser always living in the shadow of addiction. This linked with the high cost of program fees ensure emotional and financial burdens to any sponsor or parent that dare to venture on this road in the hope of recovery.

Most secular programs foresee no cure to addiction ( “once an addict always an addict” ) and the ability to lead a full and successful life. Fortunately the faith based, long term programs are paving the way to a new perspective on the problem.

At NCCC the residents are taught new life skills, we assist in the reconciliation of families and the rebuilding of shattered lives. As seen 66 % of respondants that come to NCCC previously attended rehabilitation centres. This indicates that sponsors or families are already at a R50 000.00 financial loss with family ties destroyed and lives in disarray.

Not withstanding that the people attending the NCCC program are to start off generally far less equipped to deal with the daily issues of life, they are far more addicted to a wider range of substances, come from a group that are difficult to treat and have few or no productive relationships, NCCC still succeeds to accomplish a very high success rate upon graduation.

NCCC not only deals with the substance dependant but also with co-dependants and the victims of the situation. The level of commitment of the staff of NCCC plays a major role in the recovery rate. Love and compassion is needed to run the NCCC as effective as we have been thus far. The larger number of current staff went through the program themselves or have been active in this line of work for a long time and are fully committed to the battle.

The structure of the program lends itself to discipleship, conflict management and leadership attributes. Many graduates from NCCC are successful in different tiers of ministry as well as their careers.

Their success shuns the slogan of the secular centres – “Once an addict always an addict”


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