What is Addiction?

The medical community define addiction as a complex, progressive disease of the brain characterised by obsession and compulsion. This usually begins as using or drinking a little too much, which then progresses to substance abuse and dependence. The person continues to take drugs or drink despite mounting consequences which indicate that they should stop.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (USA) further explains that addiction, “is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long-lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviours. ” When we start to see addiction less in terms of the drug and more in terms of how the brain works we begin to get some clearer answers about how to recover.

Furthermore, this illness has physical, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual symptoms and therefore addiction recovery must address all these elements.

What is Addiction Recovery?

Addiction recovery is a multifaceted and ongoing process whereby an individual gradually and consistently improves the quality of their lives and their self-esteem. This occurs over an infinitely broad spectrum. It may include anything from drug replacement programs to continued participation in abstinence-based self-help programs like those offered by the 12 step fellowships.

Addiction recovery can also encompass different types of counselling and therapeutic techniques. Some of those most employed in the field of addiction treatment include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Group Therapy, to Psychotherapy or Motivational Interviewing. All of these different approaches help people to look at their thinking and behaviour and work on ways of changing these.

There is no one thing that treats addiction, it is usually achieved through a combination of therapies and support.

Addiction Recovery at the Hader Clinic

The Hader Clinic in Melbourne helps addicts recover from all the different stages of addiction. The team meet clients where they are and support them to achieve their recovery goals with empathy and understanding.

  • Outpatient counselling
  • 30, 60 or 90 days of inpatient treatment
  • Transitional housing
  • Outpatient/Aftercare Program
  • Family program
  • Opioid Replacement Therapy (ORT)
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