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Restore and Revive, by Frank Trimbos

A youngster was ordered to distance himself from the rest of the group for a while because he was making noise during classes. September 17th 2014

Restore and Revive, photo essay by Frank Trimbos

[S]outh Africa is in the top 10 with the highest drug and alcohol abuse rate worldwide. A numerous rehab facilities a located throughout the country located mostly on remote areas.
A significant part of these rehab centers is Christianity-based.
Their aim is to not only treat the patients for drug abuse, but also to introduce them to Christianity. These infamous rehab centers share the belief that Christian faith modifies behavior, gives a purpose and cures addiction.

Most Christian based rehabs are exclusively for males and is situated in remote areas, for the addicts to cure from their drug addiction in solitude and without any external incentives. Once taken in the centre, the addicts must spend a minimum of one year in solitude in the rehab centre in order to leave their life involving drugs behind them. Visitors are not allowed. The addicts have to obey to the strict rules of the centre. All must do their daily chores, go to in-house therapy and attend the Christian services.The centre believes that these activities help the addicts to keep themselves busy, learn responsibilities and get them back into a drug-free life. The rehab centre is a tough place for its inhabitants, but the success rate is high. Despite the sober character of the centre, the admission fees are substantial.

Each day the residents must do chores in and around the centre. This resident is repainting the walls.
Two residents are wrestling in the court yard.
Owner and Pastor Dave Barber is preaching to the residents during the Sunday service at a Christian based rehab centre in South Africa.
Dogs are guarding the centre’s property after escaping incidents
A favorite way of the residents to spend leisure time is to play volleyball.
A few residents are resting on the grass on a nearby field during a soccer match. The drugs addiction has taken its toll on their physical condition
Travis Kruger is showing his tattoos at the Christian based rehab centre in South Africa. He was addicted to cocaine.
Gerrit (28) is having an unauthorized nap in the dorm room of the rehab centre.
Residents of the rehab centre have to live for a minimum period of twelve months in the centre.
Wayne has been staying in the rehab for six months. He is currently on punishment for giving an attitude to his supervisor.
An overview of the remote surroundings of the drugs rehabilitation centre.
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Frank Trimbos

Frank Trimbos (1978, Waalwijk, The Netherlands) is a documentary & portrait photographer in South Africa. After completing the school of Photography in Amsterdam specialized in Documentary photography. Frank began to explore the lines of storytelling, documentary and portrait photography to engage with issues of cultural, social and historical significance...and making friends along the way.

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