Health & Wellness – Melbourne

Welcome to the Melbourne Health and Wellness intro to Drug and Alcohol support services Blog

The Health & Wellness intro to Drug and Alcohol support services blog, Melbourne, aims to provide an online discussion platform for people seeking information on appropriate support services and like minded professionals to discuss the many approaches, benefits, philosophies and challenges experienced by practitioners and people accessing addiction treatment and recovery support services.

The platform provides an opportunity for relevant and authoritative health and wellness organisations providing treatment and support to individuals and families impacted by addiction an opportunity to introduce themselves, their organisations and provide relevant articles.

All submissions must include an introduction by an authorised representative of the organisation providing the introduction.

Introduction 1

Addiction Solutions Victoria Inc.

ASV is a not for profit incorporated association created in response to a community requirement that accessing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction treatment services should be available, timely and affordable.

The ASV core program is delivered in house so that privacy and safety can be assured.

All ASV staff hold appropriate qualifications for their roles and are passionate about support any person seeking positive change and recovery an opportunity to achieve it in a sustainable manner.

The ASV purpose is to offer any person impacted by an addiction access to evidence-based support and an authentic opportunity at positive change.

For more information, check out our websites across Melbourne and Geelong.

ASV Melbourne

ASV Geelong

https://www.facebook.com/addictionsolutionsvictoria

1227-1229 Malvern Road

Malvern, VIC 3144 – by appointment only.

Call ASV for a free phone consultation03 8374 7648

or for more information email

jason@addictionsolutionsvictoria.org.au

Introduction 2

Seahaven Private – Reach for Recovery

Seahaven Private is a drug and alcohol rehab facility located on the Mornington Peninsula. Here at Seahaven, we can help clients get their lives back by building physical health and mental wellbeing through our structured, therapeutic program. In our safe and supportive environment, we help our clients reconnect with themselves and their loved ones using a combination of therapies, counselling, community building and medical expertise.

Our recovery program is based on cognitive, behavioural, experiential and the 12 Step approach with an emphasis on relapse prevention and is facilitated by our amazing and experienced staff. All team members are fully qualified and certified in the field. We are dedicated and passionate about changing lives and getting people back on track to a positive, healthy future.

What is Addiction?

Drug and alcohol addiction is an ongoing physical or psychological compulsion
to do, take or use something, despite negative consequences (Psychiatry.org. 2017. What Is Addiction? [online] Available at: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/addiction/what-is-addiction). As a result of the huge amounts of dopamine released into the brain when using drugs or alcohol, addicts intensely focus on getting and using the substance and this intense focus can completely take over their lives. The amount of dopamine release in turn makes the person want more of the substance as well as resulting in them feeling less pleasure in activities they once enjoyed. Addiction causes people to use drugs or alcohol, despite the negative consequences it has on their life. After prolonged use of the substance, the individuals thinking patterns have been distorted so much that they don’t think they will ever be able to live without it.

Day program

Seahaven offers a two-week intensive out-patient program which allows our clients to maintain a balance between their recovery commitments and their home live whilst still receiving a structured program and clear support. During this program, we help empower our clients with the knowledge of the reasons behind their addiction and developing the skills to be able to address these issues. The programs we offer are all holistic and evidence based and we are continuously evaluating and improving each one according to new scientific evidence. Benefits of this Seahaven program are the individualised care each client receives to suit their personal needs as well as a life time aftercare program providing support and an opportunity to stay focused on their goals.

Residential

We understand the importance of individual focus and attention for our clients, because of this we have limited the number of clients in our residential program to a maximum of eight. The residential program provides clients with a holistic approach which includes all aspects required for a successful and permanent recovery which includes safe, relaxing and private retreat accommodation, 24 hour professions supervision and support and activities to ensure the development of a solid sober community. With the support of an extremely experience team, personal Care Manager, Medical specialists, personalised treatment plan and life-time aftercare, our clients can realise their potential and go on to live healthy and happy lives.

The stigma that surrounds addiction is a major hurdle in the fight to help those struggling with the disease. Those who need help may not seek it due to the judgement and often subpar care they receive when doing so. The stigma around addiction can lead to guilt and shame and can deter a person from seeking out help and getting the treatment they need. Removing the stigma from this disease and bringing it into the mainstream will save countless lives.

The Stigma around Addiction – Seahaven Private

Stigma across the community causes alot of harm and encourages people suffering from an addiction to keep quiet about it!

Removing the Stigma

The stigma that surrounds addiction is a major hurdle in the fight to help those struggling with the disease. Those who need help may not seek it due to the judgement and often subpar care they receive when doing so. The stigma around addiction can lead to guilt and shame and can deter a person from seeking out help and getting the treatment they need. Removing the stigma from this disease and bringing it into the mainstream will save countless lives.

Conversation

One way to help remove stigma is to talk about the issue on small and large platforms. Celebrities such as Blake Lively, Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Colin Farrell, Zach Efron and Eva Mendez have all struggled with addiction, currently lead sober lives, and have publicly shared their stories. Narratives like this which show that the disease does not discriminate, are especially beneficial in reducing the stigma surrounding addiction.

Education

Educate yourself on the disease. In the same way that heart disease affects the heart, addiction causes physiological changes in the brain. Addiction is a very complex disease and its causes are multi-layered. Understanding more about addiction will help reduce the stigma around it.

Compassion

If you think someone you know may be struggling with addiction, say something. Approaching them with compassion and no judgement can help them get through the hard times and maybe even seek treatment. People with addiction need love and support, not shame and lectures.

Equal Opportunities

To combat the issue in workplaces, the same allowances that are given for other diseases need to be given for addiction. The fact that it is treated as a lack of moral fiber and not a treatable disease is one of the main reasons people with addiction face so much stigma.

To combat the issue of stigma in addiction, there needs to be a wider understanding that factors outside of the individual’s control, greatly influence their susceptibility to the disease. These factors can include genetics, environment, socioeconomic status, and support network. Once it is more widely accepted that medical intervention is necessary to begin recovery and to save lives lost to overdose, we can start properly treating the disease.

To access additional information and support, visit the Collective Recovery Support Network.