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.

In 2003 we conducted a survey for the intake period between 1998 and 2003.

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 and results:


The areas from which respondents originated


The Drug Preference of respondents:

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 respondents prospected after leaving NCCC drug rehab:


What other rehabs respondents attended before NCCC drug rehab:





Areas where respondents originated:


The drug preference of respondents:


What drugs did respondents use before coming to NCCC drug rehab:


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


The source of referral:


What directions respondents prospected after leaving:


What other drug rehabs respondents attended before NCCC drug rehab:



Areas from where respondents originated:


The drug preference of respondents:


What drugs did respondents use before coming to NCCC drug rehab:


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 respondents entered after leaving the program:


Are you substance-free?


Have you attended any drug rehabs before coming to NCCC drug rehab?


What were the drug rehabilitation results?

The drug of choice was Heroin first with Cocaine the 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 the 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 do 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 victim’s family in continuing with such programs?

The public has 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 are 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 dares 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, and we assist in the reconciliation of families and the rebuilding of shattered lives. As seen 66 % of respondents 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.

Notwithstanding 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 is 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”