Getting help for alcohol and/or drug use
If you repeatedly drink or use illegal or subscription substances more than you intend or want to, if you get into trouble, if you have memory lapses, if you behave in ways you are ashamed about, you may have a drug or alcohol problem. Perhaps family members are complaining about behaviour due to your drinking or substance use? Perhaps you are finding it hard to maintain a job or perform the tasks you want to perform?
The most important question to ask yourself is whether your drinking or drug usage is stopping you from leading the sort of life you want to lead. If it is - then its time to get some help.
Is my drug and/or alcohol use severe enough to be a disorder?
There are two main types of disorders:
- Drug and/or Alcohol abuse: This group of people drink or use heavily and have legal or social problems due to episodes of intoxication or chronic using. They miss days at work and cause conflicts in their families. They also ignore and deny the negative consequences of their using. This group abuses drugs or alcohol but is not yet dependent on them.
- Drug and/or Alcohol dependence: This group of individuals use drugs or alcohol more heavily and more often than is safe or recommended and have difficulty coping when they cannot obtain their chosen substance(s). However, they are often able to function reasonably well when intoxicated. They can go on for years without losing a job or getting arrested. They may be identified only when they develop severe medical problems or due to the financial pressure on their family of their substance use.
Studies have shown that about a third of those with alcohol abuse or dependence also have an emotional disorder. Usually they have anxiety or panic disorders, depression or bipolar disorder, or personality disorders. When someone has both an emotional and a drug or alcohol problem, we say they have a dual diagnosis. It is important to recognize when someone has both problems so that each can be treated appropriately.
What are the treatments for drug and alcohol disorders offered at the R.E.A.D. Clinic?
All treatments at our clinic are based on evidence-based and best practice guidelines for the treatment of psychological disorders and difficulties. Based on these guidelines and your diagnosis your clinician will advise you as to how your symptoms are best treated.
How do I get assessed and allocated to the appropriate treatment program for me?
Once you have made an appointment (CLICK HERE to find out more about making an appointment) you will receive an initial assessment with one of our clinicians who will then decide with you on the most appropriate treatment for your symptoms and your personal preference.