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.
The Drug and Alcohol Program is carefully managed by an experienced multi-disciplinary team who specialise in the care of patients with chemical dependencies.
A pre-admission assessment is conducted to determine the type of withdrawal regime required and the direction of the treatment for substance withdrawal.
Referral to the service can either come from a GP or a Ramsay credentialled psychiatrist.
Medical detoxification from substances is offered at the Adelaide Clinic under supervision of the treating psychiatrist. This will usually take between 5 to 14 days and can include a mental health review. A relapse prevention group therapy program is offered at the completion of the detox process. This program teaches psychological skills and strategies to increase awareness and ability to make choices concerning substance use and associated behaviours.
If you would like additional information about the Drug & Alcohol Service, please call the Drug and Alcohol team at Kahlyn Day Centre on 8130 4700.
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