Specialist Addiction Psychologist & Substance Abuse Counselor
Dan Wolf is a registered psychologist who specialises in dealing with addictive disorders. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand and completed his internship at Phoenix House. He ran the Family Support Group at Houghton House for a number of years and has had extensive exposure to the major drug rehabilitation centres in South Africa.
In August 2000, Dan established the First Step Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Recovery Centre, which pioneered as the first intensive outpatient program established in Johannesburg. First Step focuses on treating addicts in a less restrictive environment. Dan continues to run and manage this treatment centre.
In addition to being involved in assessments and individual and group therapies, Dan also supervises lay-counsellors, facilitates family support and aftercare groups, and is well equipped to assess substance abuse and dual diagnosis cases in order to advise on treatment options and a suitable way forward.
In February 2006 Dan, together with Dr Charles Perkel and psychologist Allan Sweidan opened the GAP (General Addiction Program). The GAP is a residential treatment facility which, in 2009, merged with Houghton House to form the Houghton House Group of Treatment Centres, which offers the full spectrum of addiction treatment options.
Why Speak to Dan?
Dan’s network in the field is certainly not restricted to his involvement with the Houghton House Group. He is well positioned to advise on treatment options according to his assessment of the individual concerned, and the various facilities available across South Africa.