Who is The Recovery Foundation?
Directors Roberto Ferreira, Adrienne Dodds, Raymond Maboe, and Tamarin Hughes bring their own unique dimensions to The Recovery Foundation. Together, they form a formidable team who fight to break the stigma of substance abuse, and help maladjusted people to reintegrate and reconnect with society.
The Recovery Foundation team emphasises the importance of connection and purpose. The Recovery Foundation believes that through creating healthy environments, encouraging strong and meaningful relationships, and fostering an individual’s passion for sports, cultural activities and other healthy outlets, people with substance abuse issues who feel disconnected, may overcome their circumstances and find a new way to live.
Roberto Ferreira is an addictions specialist and a director at The Recovery Foundation. He is currently completing his BA degree in counselling psychology through Unisa. Roberto has years of practical experience working with people affected by addiction and with addicts. He founded The Recovery Foundation and is the face of the organisation.
Roberto is dedicated to furthering the understanding and treatment of addiction. He is committed to changing public opinion on the nature of addiction in the hope of breaking the stigma attached to addicts and addiction. Roberto considers himself an activist towards equal rights among all people.
Roberto’s vision, together with his studies, is to change public opinion on what addiction is – both for substance abusers and non-substance abusers – and to support this with thorough research and empirical knowledge. He currently works at a treatment facility in Pretoria, Trust in Hope, and his goal is to make treatment options more accessible, especially to those who cannot afford access to meaningful abstinent and non-abstinent-based treatment options.
Other than his passion for his studies, Roberto also devotes his time to sports and educating others about recovery from addiction. On a regular basis, he speaks on different media platforms, such as radio, print and television, about addiction and its realities. Roberto also exhibits a serious enthusiasm for sports. He is a keen cyclist and footballer, and uses these sports to raise awareness and knowledge about recovery from addiction. He also leverages these sports to raise funds for people who do not have access to care and treatment.
Roberto is learning to integrate the principles of abstinence-based treatment together with harm reduction methodologies, with the aim of helping others to find a purpose in their own lives, regardless of if they are abstinent or not.
Before all else, we are all human, and deserve to be treated as such.
Stemming from a decade of working with others, Adrienne Dodds has a passion for helping those who are unable to afford substance abuse treatment. Adrienne has worked in primary care rehabilitation centres, and in outpatient programmes. In terms of qualifications, Adrienne is certified with the Council of Counsellors and is an Intermediate Addictions Counsellor with the Board of Addiction Professionals of South Africa.
Adrienne currently manages Mudita Cara where the objective is to look after those who are transitioning from primary care to living life on life’s terms out in the world. Adrienne adds value to The Recovery Foundation with her vast knowledge of recovery processes and her extensive research on the matter of addiction. Adrienne has nurtured strong personal and professional relationships through the cause of recovery from addiction and has facilitated workshops on addiction. Adrienne and Roberto have conducted workshops together and share a similar view on recovery from addiction.
Adrienne believes that long-term treatment works and that for far too long the stigma of addiction has prevented people from reaching out and asking for help. Her areas of special interest are dual-diagnosis clients and women in recovery. The people she would love to work with the most are those who use drugs and are desperate for help.
Adrienne strongly believes in The Recovery Foundation. She trusts that with the right funding, the organisation may provide opportunities to these people to get treatment, and long-term treatment.
Raymond Maboe is a qualified CA (SA) who is currently studying for his LLB through UNISA. Raymond has extensive experience in the financial field. He launched as an entrepreneur in January 2019 after a career of more than 11 years in a wide range of roles across Anglo American Platinum, BMW South Africa and Nokeng Fluorspar Mine. He is currently an equity investor in a communications company and is starting up a financial consulting firm that assists SMMEs. He is also the chairperson of the Platinum Incubator, an incubator based in Rustenburg that aims to assist SMME’s in mineral beneficiation.
One of the key skills he has acquired during his career is the ability to successfully implement and manage new accounting systems and procedures. He has a proactive management style with highly developed communication skills and is diligent in maintaining and updating his skills.
Raymond is committed to helping those in need. This commitment led to his involvement with The Recovery Foundation. Raymond and Roberto were having a passionate discussion about recovery from addiction when Raymond realised that he wanted to assist with the governance and financial management for The Recovery Foundation. This felt natural to Raymond as he has been involved with non-profit organisations from a young age. During his childhood, Raymond’s mother fostered and grew his desire to help others who have limited means and knowledge with which to help themselves.
South Africa is facing a serious challenge with regards to addictive substances – similar to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the early 2000s. Raymond believes that we must all be part of the solution and do our best to eradicate addiction. In addition to striving to change the world, Raymond is also an avid music lover who enjoys live music concerts as well as appreciating the outdoors.
Tamarin Hughes is a highly skilled and knowledgeable individual with experience from various workplaces and roles that has enabled her to move up within many organisations. Tamarin is detail orientated, a hard worker, and dependable with a positive outlook on life. Through maintenance and effort, Tamarin has managed to keep excellent relationships with both her colleagues and clients. Tamarin was raised from a young age to treat people with respect and to address problems with a realistic approach. She is adept at resolving conflict diplomatically and is calm under pressure. Through experience, her motivational ability and her natural leadership skills, Tamarin proves to be a vital member of everyone’s team inside and outside any organisation. Teamwork is the key to her personal success and this comes through in the way she applies herself to every challenge she faces.
Tamarin’s effective communication skills are of huge value to The Recovery Foundation as she contributes to the fields of fundraising, marketing and relationship building within the community. As a non-addict, Tamarin brings a fresh societal perspective to The Recovery Foundation and its goal of eradicating addiction. Tamarin has a huge passion for people and believes that her involvement in The Recovery Foundation will enable her to have a part in giving back to people who struggle.
The Recovery Foundation appealed to Tamarin for the following reasons:
“First and foremost, I have to say the difference that The Recovery Foundation makes in so many people’s lives was my first and initial point of interest. And then, the realisation that there is a lack of knowledge (my own included) surrounding addiction and what recovering addicts and their loved ones go through. I am learning more and more by the day, but still have a long way to go. As I learn, my goal is to share the knowledge I attain and to further understanding surrounding addiction,” says Tamarin.
In addition to fighting addiction, Tamarin loves trying new things, going on last minute adventures, staying in with a good book or movie, and spending time with her loved ones.