Drug Addiction & Abuse

Drug addiction usually arises from pain, whether physical or psychological. Drug addiction can result from self-medicating undiagnosed depression or anxiety, or other traumas. It is important to treat drug addiction in a caring environment, free from shame, in order to achieve measurable and lasting results. The Banyans provides effective drug rehabilitation with a tailored program for people looking for the best private rehab.

Prescription drug addiction is a growing problem and affects many more people then addiction to illicit drugs. However, regardless of whether addiction is to prescription drugs or other drugs, those experiencing addiction will suffer negative effects to their physical health, physiological state or mental and emotional health. Recovering from addiction is an investment in your life and future.

There are many types of drugs, broadly classified as follows:

Depressants slow the functions of the main nervous system and impact concentration and coordination. Examples of depressants include legal drugs such as alcohol or valium or illegal ones such as cannabis, opiods (eg heroin, methadone) and GHB (gammahydroxy butarate).

Stimulants are drugs which accelerate physical functions and can cause euphoria, energy and awareness. Legal stimulants include caffeine, nicotine and ephedrine while illegal stimulants include amphetamines such as ‘ice’ or ‘speed’, cocaine and MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine).

Hallucinogens are drugs which alter perceptions of reality, in unpredictable ways. Hallucinogens include marijuana, ketamine, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), ‘magic mushrooms’ (psilocybin), mescaline (peyote) and PCP (phencyclidine).

Drug addiction often starts with social introduction to use, or to medicate or numb physical or psychological pain, and can then quickly develop into compulsive and harmful usage. The good news is that it can be treated successfully.

How to know if your drug usage has become a problem:

Has it caused you at legal problems, such as being caught for drink driving or drug driving?

Does it jeopardise your employment through missing work or failing drug tests?

Does it cause friction in any important relationships?

Has your general health been negatively affected, such as sleep problems, digestive problems, or liver problems?

If you answered yes to any of these, professional treatment and support is very important to regain your health and improve your wellbeing.

Drug Dependency Treatment

The underlying reasons for addiction to drugs, whether prescription drugs like valium, xanax, endone, oxycontin or fentanyl, or illicit drugs such as heroin, cocaine, ice, meth or others is varied and complex. The taking of drugs and other substances is triggered by a variety of emotional, physical, biochemical and other causes. The drug use is usually to mask or medicate a stress, concern or pain issue. Therefore, treatment for drug addiction can only be successful when those underlying causes are identified and treated, rather than relying on treating symptoms only.

At The Banyans, we:

  • Provide a program delivered by a team of highly qualified experts;
  • Conduct advanced testing to identify biochemical factors at work
  • Provide excellent mental health diagnosis to assist with identifying underlying depression, anxiety or trauma;
  • Help you understand the social and cultural contributors to your addictive behaviours
  • Work with physical therapy, nutritional therapy and our extensive mental and emotional therapies
  • Provide you with the tools to live a life free of drugs but rich in meaning and purpose;
  • Remind you that drug use can affect anyone. We work people who are committed to results and want the very best program in the southern hemisphere.

A Holistic Approach To Dealing With Drug Addiction

Treating drug dependency effectively requires a holistic approach of biopsychosocial care and a medically monitored program. Any kind of abrupt stopping of medication can be life-threatening. It is imperative for safety that physical addiction be treated with medical supervision.

Following the acute withdrawal phase, an integrated program is delivered. The Banyans provides the most robust program in Australia, with a focused therapeutic program of advanced biochemical and genetic testing, intensive psychiatric and psychological therapy, physical therapy, nutritional therapy and recreational activities.

Where prescription drug addiction has been present, a full medication review can be conducted by our Addiction Physician and Psychiatrist who are senior members of the multidisciplinary therapy team.

The Banyans’ Addiction Physician can also discuss medication assisted therapy and pharmacological relapse prevention treatments where appropriate.

Our integrated and holistic programs address all aspects of wellbeing and develop a unified sense of self and purpose. Our expert team work with each guest to tailor the program for their own needs. The way each therapy supports the other provides effective and measurable results.

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