1st Step
Outpatient Rehab Cape Town

About Us

"I believe that the majority of individuals suffering from the illness of addiction have the capacity for recovery, if given the proper foundation to begin their life-changing journey We help provide that foundation"
- Justin Villiers (Director)

Addiction / Recovery / Working the 12 Steps

Justin Villiers

I was born in the UK and have lived in South Africa for many years.

I have studied both in South Africa and the UK. I have worked in Primary Care treatment centres and also several other rehab centres in Cape Town.

I have great passion and enthusiasm for the work I do. My own personal journey in addiction, coupled with professional training, has given me an in-depth understanding when supporting my clients to start the process of recovery.

I find that by challenging and inspiring a person to awaken within themselves a desire and commitment to change, he or she can build the foundation necessary to begin the journey of self-recovery, as I have done.

By challenging and inspiring a person to awaken within themselves a desire and commitment to change, he or she can build the foundation necessary to begin the journey of self-discovery

My Story

My addiction drove me to the depths of despair; a place called Hell.   I felt so alone, lost, not knowing who or what I was, nor what I had become.  I had lost everything; my home, my work, my family, yet I could not stop. I blamed the world for doing me an injustice.   I justified my drug-using by any means I could.   I was in immense denial; my whole world came crashing down, yet I still continued to use.   I was totally powerless over my illness.

Due to my addiction, I was in and out of hospital.  I was told that I might not walk again due to the damage I had inflicted on my body through drug abuse.   Yet on leaving hospital, and in spite of this, I still continued using.
I found myself homeless, living on the streets, a disheveled, shell of person; the sort of person that as a kid, I would look at with horror. I was spiritually bankrupt and devoid of all emotion, and it was at that point that I asked for help.

Being in recovery has given me a life beyond my wildest dreams. I have choices now, and I can face all my fears and stay clean and sober a day at a time and change.

I did not have to let it go this far, but I was too scared to ask for help.

The illness of addiction lies in the addict's thinking, behavior and feelings and spiritual self. Unless these change, nothing changes.

I live my life now to the full, one day at a time. It's not always a walk in the park, but I know I am POWERLESS and can never have just one drink nor one drug, because, if I do, I will not be able to stop.