Treatment Centres

Our centres are situated throughout the country offering convenient and secluded retreats for our treatments.

Understanding Drug Addiction

Drug abuse, dependence, addiction and why we take all three just as seriously.

Abuse is defined as the habitual use of a drug to knowingly alter one's mood, emotions or state of consciousness.

Dependence is defined as needing a drug to function normally. Stopping abruptly will inevitably trigger withdrawal symptoms.

Addiction is defined as the compulsive use of a substance, despite the negative or even dangerous effects and consequences it may have.

Cause and risk

Genetic makeup, anxiety, emotional distress, depression or even the action of the drug itself can lead to drug abuse, which in turn can result in either dependence or addiction.

Peer pressure is yet another factor, as is growing up in an environment where drugs, illicit or otherwise, are ever present.

Abuse, dependence or addictions are more likely in those who:

  • Have low self-esteem
  • Suffer from depression
  • Experience high stress levels at home or at work
  • Have an anxiety disorder
  • Have easy access to drugs
  • Live in an environment where drug use is socially acceptable

Stages that may lead to addiction:

You experiment

This typically involves peer pressure and recreational use.

You become a regular user

You begin to miss more and more work. You use narcotics to counter negative feelings. You constantly worry about retaining a drug source. You begin to isolate yourself from family and friends. You may even switch to a new group of friends who are also regular users

You become preoccupied

By this point, any motivation you had is gone. You have lost all interest in your career. Drugs become more important than virtually anything else in your life. You become far more secretive. Relationships really begin to break down.You may even begin dealing drugs to support your habit. Financial and legal problems begin to mount. This is often the point at which you may step up to harder drugs.

You become addicted

You find it impossible to face daily life without drugs. You lose total control over use. Your physical condition worsens. Both financial and legal problems continue to mount. You break any remaining ties with family and friends. If you haven't lost your job already, you're more than likely to do so now. You continue to firmly deny, both to yourself and to others, that you have a problem.