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Drug Alcohol and Rehab in Australia

Learn about drug and alcohol rehab and detox in Australia. The rehab clinic offers a robust admissions process and supervised detox and evidence-based treatments.

    Drug Alcohol and Rehab in Australia

    Addiction is one of Australia’s most pervasive issues, with millions of sufferers and their families not knowing where to turn.

    It’s been estimated that 6,000 people in Australia die from alcohol-related diseases – from 2012 to 2013, there were predicted to be around 400 alcohol-related hospitalisations a day.

    Anyone struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in Australia should know that plenty of resources are available to you.

    We’re going to look at the admissions process for drug and alcohol rehab in Australia in a bit more detail here, as well as:

    Physical vs psychological addictions, the amount of time you’re likely to spend in rehab, various detox processes, dual diagnoses/co-occurring disorders, the 12-step approach, relapse prevention planning, kinds of therapy, and various aspects of aftercare.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Physical vs psychological addictions

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    Let’s start by looking at one of the most important distinctions: the difference between physical addictions and psychological addictions.

    Most people seeking addiction treatment suffer from both, but it’s still important to know the difference between them.

    As the name would indicate, psychological addiction is in your head. It involves mental cravings, which are dealt with in treatment through various kinds of therapy and counselling.

    On the other hand, physical addictions mainly consist of physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms.

    This often occurs after a long period of addiction, where your body has adjusted to the substances you’re taking or to alcohol.

    So when you suddenly take these things away, you may experience withdrawal symptoms like:

    • Tremors
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Hallucinations
    • A high temperature and/or chills
    • Restlessness
    • Insomnia

    It should be noted that these can vary massively depending on the kind of addiction you have.

    Although we can’t go over the exact specific withdrawal symptoms of every existing addiction, we do have further guidance on which categories generally bring about which withdrawal symptoms below.

    The symptoms are difficult to overcome – but no matter what addiction you’re suffering from and how severe it is, they have to be addressed and dealt with for you to recover.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    How much time will I spend at drug and alcohol rehab in Australia?


    This isn’t a question we can answer directly, as it can vary based on so many different factors. It could last any time from a month to a year, depending on:

    Generally, we also don’t recommend focusing too much on the amount of time that rehab will take for two reasons:

    1. It can vary, as we’ve just discussed
    2.  Focusing on it too much can distract from your recovery, as there’s a risk you’ll be distracted from the treatments you’re going through.

    We do, however, understand that you might need to know how long roughly it will take on a practical level, so don’t be afraid to ask about it!

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    The detox process for drug and alcohol rehab in Australia


    As we said earlier, detox is the first stage of addiction treatment. It’s also amongst the most significant points in the process, as physical symptoms of addiction are often incredibly hard to conquer.

    In this process, we’ll slowly reduce your intake, usually over a period of about three weeks. At the same time, you’ll also be prescribed medication, which differs depending on what you’re addicted to.

    These are also designed to help with your physical cravings to avoid relapse.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Rehab for alcoholism, cocaine, and heroin

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    The main differences between the three of these and other kinds of addiction are the withdrawal symptoms that occur, how they affect you, and the different impacts they can leave on your life.

    They also all have different after-effects, especially on health, but that’s another issue.

    Alcohol mainly causes physical withdrawal symptoms of the kind listed above, with some of the most significant being headaches, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, and sweating.

    Heroin also causes severe physical and behavioural withdrawal symptoms, with fatigue, diarrhoea, and restlessness also added to the list, amongst others.

    Cocaine, on the other hand, is known to cause peaks of manic energy, followed by a crash.

    The withdrawal symptoms of this addiction are primarily behavioural, with examples including difficulty concentrating, depression and/or anxiety, and vivid, unpleasant dreams.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders and addiction

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    Many people struggling with one addiction more often than not have another besides.

    Addictions and mental health issues often go hand in hand, as they’re usually caused by trauma – many drugs are also known to cause mental health issues like depression and anxiety.

    In this scenario, you may be worried about the help available, thinking your needs are too specific or complex.

    But a majority of recovery spaces and organisations are equipped to deal with various types of addiction and mental health issues.

    Please don’t let this worry deter you from getting treatment. Your journey towards recovery might be a bit harder, but Rehab Recovery can help you through whatever issues you have, even if you have multiple.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Types of therapies

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    Now let’s look over the four most important kinds of therapy and counselling used during drug and alcohol rehab in Australia. In no particular order, they are:

    1. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy/CBT – aims to root out the toxic thinking and behaviour patterns known here as cognitive distortions.
    2. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy/DBT –is based on cognitive behavioural therapy but focuses more on emotions.
    3. Contingency Management – uses a reward system to keep you on track.
    4. Motivational Interviewing – encourages you to change your behaviour via a series of non-judgmental questions.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    The 12-Step approach to recovery


    The 12-step approach is also a standard part of many recovery plans. However, it’s primarily used in groups like alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous, which we’ll discuss in detail later.

    But they can be applied to any addiction treatment.

    They are:

    1. Admitting that you’re currently out of control and need help – Is one of the most vital steps of your journey. It can be hard to admit even to yourself that you need help, especially if you’ve been trying to convince yourself that you can handle all of this alone.
    2. Acceptance of a higher power – This doesn’t necessarily have to be religious, so please don’t let that put you off. For those who aren’t religious, it can be more a case of accepting something greater than yourself.
    3. A decision to turn your life over to whatever higher power you chose earlier – again, it can be religious but doesn’t have to be!
    4. Look over the mistakes you might have made and how you might have hurt people – it’s important to assess where things have gone wrong if we want them to turn right.
    5. Admitting to your chosen higher power and other people, what those mistakes are – beyond accepting the ways you might have harmed both your own life and the lives of others, it’s also important to be open about it with other people.
    6. Be prepared to change your behaviour and potentially your lifestyle – recovering from addiction is a big life change, which often requires flexibility.
    7. Asking your chosen higher power for help with the things you can’t manage alone when it comes to; addiction, a mistaken belief that you have everything under control, or that you don’t need help could be deadly. So overall, it’s very important that you reach out as much as you can.
    8. Following on from our point about accountability: making a list of all the people you might have harmed.
    9. Is making amends to those people so everyone involved can move forward and heal.
    10. Your ability to hold yourself accountable will grow by continuing to take a personal inventory and admitting where you’re wrong, which will, in turn, help the relationships you’ve mended to stay stable.
    11. Continue to improve your understanding of the process –  as you go through treatment, your understanding will grow naturally, but it’s also something you should be aware of.
    12. Remember the lessons you’ve learned throughout your healing process and carry those messages to others. As we’re going to discuss when we talk about aftercare, it’s crucial that you take everything you’ve learned with you, even after your treatment is over. Using what you’ve learned to help others can also be very fulfilling.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Relapse prevention planning

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    After you’ve finished rehab, it’s also important that we work to prevent relapse. More specifically, during your aftercare stage, we’ll work to develop a relapse prevention plan.

    There are a couple of important things that need to be considered to make such a plan effective, including:

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

    Aftercare & fellowship groups

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    It is important to note that the transitional post-rehab stage is as important as any other part of the aftercare process.

    It primarily consists of localised treatments designed to help you continue your healing journey and avoid relapse.

    A big part of rehabilitation and aftercare is the support/fellowship groups like alcoholics anonymous and narcotics anonymous.

    Building connections and relationships with people in similar situations can really help you to feel less alone.

    On a similar note, sharing your story and hearing the stories of others can also be very freeing for a lot of people, especially if you’ve kept everything you’re feeling bottled up this entire time.

    The admissions process for drug and alcohol rehab in Australia

    If you’re looking for drug and alcohol rehab in Australia, you first should get in touch with an organisation like Rehab Recovery.

    All you need to do is call us or drop a message on our website, and we’ll be able to give you instant advice and support.

    From there, we can direct you on where to go for various categories of addiction.

    Or, if you’re looking on behalf of someone else, we can help you with support and intervention.

    If you’re specifically looking for treatment, we’ll usually get to know you better, first through initial conversations and then via a formal assessment.

    The intention of the latter is to pin down the exact specifics of your situation before we get started.

    Then, with (hopefully) the right recommendations in place, you can move forward to the three stages of treatment:

    • Detoxification, where you avoid withdrawal symptoms and can start to break down your physical addiction
    • Rehabilitation, where you’ll go through a combination of physical and mental health treatments, either in a residential space or at home, with regular visits to a centre
    •  Aftercare is a transitional stage where you adjust to your new sober life, where you can hopefully manage your addiction better and move forward.

    Please call our 24-Hour Helpline: 0800 140 4690.

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