Stabilis is a registered treatment centre for the treatment of substance dependents and their appropriate systems, with its aim to restore joy of living by the development of alternative lifestyles without addictive substances
We are fortunate, by the grace of our God, to experience more than 50 Golden Years of Rehabilitation Treatment since 1962.
The centre descended from the original well known Staanvas Centre. Stabilis has extended the activities inherited from Staanvas to such an extent that it necessitated a move to the present premises in 1995, and is housed in a purpose-built complex of buildings. The centre is situated in the quiet Moot area of Pretoria, has easy access to the N1 and N4 highways, bus routes, taxis, churches and shopping centres.
Stabilis is one of only few treatment centres in South Africa that has the ability to provide a full multi-dimensional treatment services to its service users and their families, due to that the various interventions offered include a full multi-disciplinary treatment team. The preceding ensures an efficient treatment of dual diagnosis (a substance problem and a psychiatric disorder) simultaneously during the treatment process. The multi-disciplinary team includes the following professional members:
- A part-time psychiatrist, medical practitioner, occupational- and art therapists and minister of religion.
- Full-time psychologists and social workers.
- Full-time professional nursing staff available 24 hours a day.
“ Stabilis is the preferred facility for the treatment of the substance dependent person, for re-installing zest in the life of this individual and his/her related family and social system ”
In order to achieve the vision:
Our Centre is a facility that provides an outstanding multi-professional service at all times for the successful treatment of individuals with alcohol, medication or drug dependency.
Christian approach to life and the world.
All actions shall be aimed at Christian values
Evaluation of a case with justice and merit
as well as justifiable acknowledgement based on merit
3. Moral integrity
Honorable actions and the application of
ethical principles in all circumstances.
4. Client orientation
Client satisfaction will be the first
priority at all times.
Accept various viewpoints and opinions as
important for growth, development and problem solving.
Grab opportunities and accept
responsibilities without hesitation.
Participation of all parties involved before
decision-making that affects them.
8. Quality orientation
An obsession to achieve product and service
Courteousness, with respect for individual
Opportunities for personal growth and
11. Zest for work
Work long and hard to achieve
Dr Michiel van der Merwe
Dr Michiel is responsible for the general management of Stabilis.
He was appointed as executive director during 2012. His involvement started
in 1987 when he was responsible for the pastoral group sessions. He was also
for 20 years the chairperson of The Board of Directors of Stabilis. He has qualifications in counselling, theology, IT, HR and business
Berno is responsible for the management of the therapists at
He is employed at Stabilis since 1997. His special interest is
dual-diagnosis. Berno is also involved with the selection of Psychology Master
students at the University of Pretoria.
He is registered at HPCSA.
Blondi is responsible for the medical department at Stabilis.
She is employed at Stabilis since 2009. Her special interest is
psychiatry. Blondi is involved with the practical education of students of 2
She is busy with further studies at Unisa
She is registered at NCSA.
Monica is responsible for the support systems at Stabilis.
She is employed at Stabilis since 1992.
Her job description includes the financial management, administration
and human resources of Stabilis.
Retha is responsible for the maintenance of the facilities of
She is employed at Stabilis since 2014. Previously she worked
part-time at Stabilis.
Her job description includes the management of the catering and also the
maintenance of the facilities of Stabilis.
Michelle is responsible for the marketing of the services of
She is employed at Stabilis since 2014. She also worked previously in
the field of substance dependency. Her job description includes liaising with the private sector, medical
schemes, communities, schools, churches and the media about the services of
All our nurses are registered at the Nurses Council and specialized in Psychiatry.
Ria Venter Lydia Gittens Tsholo Padime Sabelle Jiyane
Other registered professional staff
Adminstration & Finance
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Dr D Rossouw
Dr E vd Walt
Dr B le Roux
Lizl v Eeden