A look at the corkscrew of social drinking, abuse, dependency and addiction. A stealthy downward spiral of pleasure, escapism, twisted denial and despair that can be turned around, even when it seems hopeless.
The addictive reality of cannabis, a drug promoted by delusive opinions that distort scientific and grassroots facts in pursuit of reward that ends in sabotage. The nuances are similar to other addictions.
The first step in recovery planning is the treatment program, but the process does not end there. Going forward after treatment without a lifelong recovery plan is like driving into the night, without lights.
A craving for excitement and progressively bigger rewards that surpass desire or need for financial gain, but ends in material ruin and social fallout. More than just a game of chance, it requires specialist treatment.
A relentless, compulsive pursuit of sexual exploits, along with indifference for the feelings of others, usually driven by more than physical enjoyment. It requires specialist, individualised psychotherapy.
Irresistible urges to intensely focus on repetitive, irrelevant actions, observations and invasive thoughts, indicate OCD and multiple vulnerabilities. Comorbidities can steal the focus and misdirect the diagnosis.
PMDD is a depressive disorder, with more intense mood swings, distressed behaviour and physical discomfort than PMS, that occurs prior to and at onset of menstruation. Applied psychotherapy can alleviate it.
While non-punitive rehabilitation protocols and a homely atmosphere are encouraged, all community settings require specific rules of conduct. Patients must comply with the rules to ensure the wellbeing of all.
The 12-step approach is currently under critical scrutiny. A better solution for some may be to attend out-patient treatment or an aftercare support group offered by a modern rehab facility under the guidance of trained therapists.
When adolescents require remediation, parents are confronted with exceptionally sensitive considerations. Trustworthy, comprehensive professional guidance is vital in determining suitable arrangements for teenagers.
Adult psychotherapy in the private sector has advanced significantly, but treatment centres do still differ in some respects. Knowledge of the criteria and differences is important when looking for an effective solution.
Some substance abuse patients require supervised medical detoxification and the admission requirements of such a facility may be an obstacle. This prerequisite is often overlooked in the urgency of the moment.
Also known as dual-pathology treatment, this denotes a mental disorder accompanied by substance abuse. The morbidities may catalyse each other and symptoms can overlap, perplexing the identification of primary influences.
Rehabilitation centres differ significantly in terms of management ethos, environmental settings and availability of executive facilities. These values should be evaluated for personal suitability by high profile figures.
The interactive influence of family members covers much more than support for the patient. It has a wide scope, including the material impact of pathology on the family unit and the protection of weaker family members.
The value of defining goals, accepting responsibility and providing feedback in a group setting can raise commitment levels. Understanding and maintaining personal and mutual concerns determines its strength.
Efficient peer platforms for seeking advice, sharing experiences and increasing your education and depth of awareness regarding physical and emotional health concerns can be a surprisingly decisive motivator.
Private interaction with a therapist provides a more intense and essential focus on personal sensitivities than that engaged by patients in group context. The frequency of individual sessions is vitally important.