Substance misuse and addiction

When a person uses too much alcohol or other drugs on a regular basis, they can feel dependent on them to make it through the day. This substance misuse and addiction is a disease, and it can damage a person’s physical, social and mental health.

Substance misuse can result in changes and long-term damage to the brain and other organs. It is a major cause of mental illness. 

Treatment for substance misuse and addiction depends on the type of substances involved, and how serious a person’s addiction is. Treatment may involve a mix of psychiatric interventions, psychological care, support groups and self-help strategies.


How do we treat substance misuse & addiction at Ramsay Clinic Caloundra? 


Alcohol and Drug Relapse Prevention

This is a two week program which starts once your detox (if required) is complete. It is designed to assist you to stop substance misuse and includes: 

  • Psychoeducation about substance use 
  • Strategies to strengthen motivation to change 
  • How to cope with cravings and triggers 
  • Managing depression and anxiety 

Your psychiatrist may consider your moving to the Mental Health ward once you have completed the Alcohol and Drug Program to further work on any underlying mental health issues. 

On discharge it’s recommended that you consider attending the outpatient Alcohol and Drug Day Program which is specifically designed to prevent relapse. 


The Alcohol and Drug Relapse Prevention Program has been developed to provide ongoing support and group therapy to adults with substance use problems. It is based on a number of therapeutic strategies with an emphasis on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

It is run weekly by fully trained psychologists and social workers and provides a forum for people having difficulties in managing their substance abuse, to find support in a genuine caring environment. The processes involved in the development of substance use problems are explained along with the proven treatment methods to reduce the potential for relapse. 

To attend this group you will need a referral from either your GP or from you psychiatrist. Please call the Patient Intake Team for more information on costs. 

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