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Substance misuse, abuse and addiction

For many of us, it can be extremely difficult to admit and accept that we have a substance addiction or are misusing or abusing.

People use substances for a number of reasons - to have fun, relax, escape pain and difficulties in their life, and enjoy social times. However, substance misuse, abuse and addiction does not discriminate - it affects people from all walks of life. In fact, around 1 in 20 Australians has an addiction or substance abuse problem.

Whether you or a loved one are abusing drugs or another substance, feelings of loneliness, fear, shame and anger can at times feel inescapable. At South Pacific Private, we offer professional help and support for those struggling with substance abuse, misuse and addiction. 

What is substance misuse, abuse and addiction? 

Substance misuse or abuse involves consuming too much alcohol, tobacco or using drugs. We lose our ability to control. The misuse or abuse of drugs and other substances can quickly spiral into dependence and an addiction, and have negative and lasting effects on the individual and their family.

Substances can be classified into seven main categories - nicotine, alcohol, cannabinoids, opioids, depressants, stimulants and hallucinogens. Depending on the substance - some are highly addictive - the problem can swiftly escalate in both the frequency and intensity as our bodies develop neurological, psychological and physical dependence.

Signs to look out for:

There are many signs that may indicate that you or your loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction. They include: 

  • Withdrawing from family, friends and life activities that you usually enjoy.
  • Behavioural changes - feeling agitated, conflicts with family or friends, stealing, violence towards others. 
  • Feeling depressed, anxious or paranoid. 
  • Constantly thinking about a substance - drugs or alcohol - and not being able to stop taking it. 
  • Finding that you’re unable to meet your usual responsibilities - not being able to get to work on time or drop children off to school. 
  • Experiencing cravings or urges to use the substance and symptoms of withdrawal.
  • Continuing to use the substance, despite negative consequences.

Seeking help

If you’re struggling to stop the misuse of prescription medications, illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco, you’re not alone. At South Pacific Private, we recognise that substance abuse and drug addiction can be devastating for both an individual and their family. It can destroy lives, fracture families and risk serious health impacts, including overdose, which is why it’s important to seek professional help to end the cycle. 

As an accredited private hospital we offer onsite, medically-supervised withdrawal and detoxification options. We understand that each case of substance abuse or addiction is unique, with its own set of symptoms, drivers and underlying causes. Our recovery program is based on the proven 12-step principles and includes a fully supported transition phase toward ongoing, long-term recovery support. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing substance abuse or addiction, please call us on 1800 063 332 or contact us here to find out more about our programs.

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