Riverina Recovery House

Substance (Drug) Addictions

What Is A Substance Addiction?

Substance addictions are a physical or psychological need for a substance like drugs; cannabis, ice, amphetamines and legal substances such as alcohol, nicotine and prescription medications. People use substances for a variety of complex reasons including to dull physical or emotional pain, to have fun, to relax or to escape problems. Both prescription medication misuse and illicit drug use stem from a wide variety of causes, of which many are rooted in, emotional, physical or psychological pain.

Drug use is not confined to certain social scenes, it is prevalent and pervasive and cuts across many social, gender and age borders - anyone can be affected by problematic use. When substances are used as a coping strategy, drug use can develop into compulsive, harmful behaviours with very serious physical and mental health implications.

People who experience substance addiction or dependency usually experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Neglect responsibilities and become disengaged e.g. work, family, friends, sports, hobbies and socialising
  • Participate in risky or dangerous behaviour e.g. using dirty needles, drink driving
  • Relationship problems and difficulty maintaining relationships e.g. conflicts with partners, family and friends
  • Mental illness e.g. substance addiction can trigger an underlying disorder or cause someone to experience symptoms of anxiety, paranoia, depression
  • Increased physical tolerance - needing more substance to reach the same effect and feel symptoms of withdrawal when they’re not using
  • Unable to stop using the substance

Some people who experience addiction and dependency can still function in the workplace and family however,  the behaviours resulting from the addiction are likely to cause serious impairment to their physical and mental health such as damage to relationships, impaired professional performance and deteriorating mental and or physical wellbeing.

Drug addictions can have the most powerful effect on individuals as they cause significant physical, physiological or psychological changes.

Generally drugs can be classified into three major categories:

  • Depressants - which slow the functions of the central nervous system and affect an individual’s concentration and coordination e.g. alcohol, cannabis, opioids (such as heroin and methadone) and GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate).
  • Stimulants - which speed up bodily functions, increase energy, alertness and can induce euphoria e.g. caffeine, nicotine, ephedrine, amphetamines (such as ice and speed), cocaine and methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy).
  • Hallucinogens which distort perceptions of reality and sometimes cause unpredictable and dangerous consequences e.g. cannabis, ketamine, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide), psilocybin (magic mushrooms), mescaline (peyote) and PCP (phencyclidine).

Drug misuse and dependency can have devastating consequences on your health and wellbeing. Without adequate guidance and support, unresolved issues can overwhelm or be so distressing that return to substance use is the inevitable outcome. Our highly experienced team are able to tailor programs to address underlying contributors of drug misuse and achieve long lasting recovery.

How Can Our Residential Recovery Program Help?

Our Residential Recovery Program can help you or someone you love develop skills to build resilience, tolerance and understand triggers. Living in a small group setting in a large, beautiful home in the town of Wagga Wagga, you will receive structured and professional support from a diverse therapeutic team that helps you understand what is driving you to use and understand the bigger picture of how addictive processes affect your life in the long term.

Establish A Healthy And Positive Routine

The Riverina Recovery House was established to address the need for support and guidance at the early stages of recovery. By bringing together a team of experts within the safety of a nurturing environment, we are able to assist and establish a healthy, positive routine and help you develop the skills to help manage your life better, so resilience and tolerance can be built and strengthened, increasing your chance of enjoying recovery over a longer period.

Psychological And Emotional Therapy

Drug addiction, misuse and dependency often arises as a method of self-medication in response to emotional or physical pain. Evidence-based psychological therapies address foundational drivers of a person’s experience with drug misuse and encourage you or someone you love to understand the personal, social and cultural contributors underlying their addictive behaviour.

As part of our Residential Recovery Program, you will work with our team of expert clinicians and case workers to identify and address your underlying issues. You will be encouraged to identify and access a wide range of therapeutic supports in the community such as allied health specialists, complementary health practitioners and fitness activities.

Nutritional Therapy

The effects of drugs on your metabolism and appetite can lead to significant nutrient deficiencies and other related health problems. Our inclusive meals (breakfast, lunch and dinners) have been designed to ensure you are receiving the nutrients you need to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.  Residents at Riverina Recovery house participate in meal preparation under the supervision and guidance of our chef, ensuring valuable self-care skills are developed.

Our Residential Recovery Program is an 8 week live in program for those who have completed rehab or who have recently completed a detox. Contact us to find out more about our tailored Recovery Program. If you need recommendations for a suitable detoxification or rehab centre, please contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help you on your recovery journey.

We also offer a Family Program for the loved ones of those who are affected by a family member with an addiction. Recovery is more sustainable for the loved one when their family members understand the nature of addiction and how family members can help or hinder the process of recovery. We can help provide support and education to family members to ensure they are able to focus on solutions rather than on problems, set healthy boundaries, stop enabling behaviors, improve communication with one another and help family members ensure they care for themselves whilst supporting your loved one with love and respect.     

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