“The best way to begin any journey to recovery is to choose a treatment centre and a partner that you can trust and with whom you feel comfortable. You need to find a place to which you can escape to heal and deal with any addiction that is impacting on your ability to live a healthy life. This must be a place where you are understood and feel nurtured and where you can be confident that you have total privacy and confidentiality. This is particularly important for high profile clients who would be easily recognised in major cities.
Always “hands-on”, Goss booked into a facility in Midrand to ‘try it out’ and find out just how a facility such as this operated.
“I arrived at a nice building with a fabulous reception but, once past that, it was antiquated. The facilities and treatment were not good and so I was inspired to come up with something better,” he recalls.
Whilst the buildings were being extended and his wife, Anne got busy with the décor and garden landscaping, Goss travelled abroad to study the facilities and programmes at some of the world’s leading rehabilitation centres. He then brought in local specialists to work with him to incorporate these international programmes and create Riverview’s own treatment regime.
To date, this is psychotherapeutically based and incorporates the best of traditional and modern approaches. The intensive program provides life skills that are vital to a sustained recovery.
Goss is proud that he has been able to create a second recovery centre after the huge success of the Underberg Riverview Manor Rehab centre, which maintains such a high standard of dedicated care and professionalism. While it is a privately owned practice it has been structured with a staff compliment of many different races and cultures, and this diversity has been employed to facilitate therapy and care in the patient’s mother tongue, whether it be Zulu, Xhosa, English or Afrikaans.
Goss admits that, recently, there have been many unfortunate instances of poorly operated facilities run by ill equipped and often greedy opportunists. (Choose Life together with Riverview, which is owned by the Vernon Goss Family Trust, does not operate for financial gain.)
Goss, too, remains deeply involved in the management of Choose Life. “This gives me a purpose now that I am retired. I feel the people I have met over the years deserve a second bite of the apple,” he says.