Overcoming Alcohol Dependency and Addiction

Alcohol Use in Australia

The consumption of alcohol is widespread within Australia and goes hand in hand with many “Aussie” social and cultural past times. However, harmful levels of consumption are a major health issue, associated with increased risk of chronic disease, injury and premature death.

The harmful use of alcohol has both short-term and long-term health effects. In the short term, effects are mainly related to potential injury of the drinker and/or others affected by the drinker’s behaviour (such as drink driving related incidents).

Over the longer term, harmful drinking may result in alcohol dependence and other chronic conditions, such as:

  • high blood pressure,
  • cardiovascular diseases,
  • cirrhosis of the liver,
  • types of dementia,
  • mental health problems; and
  • various cancers.

Excessive drinking can impair judgment and coordination, and contributes to crime, violence, anti-social behaviours and accidents.

Alcohol use during pregnancy is associated with severe adverse outcomes, such as foetal alcohol syndrome and alcohol-related birth defects and developmental disorders.

According to the Australian Government’s Institute of Health and Welfare, in 2016, 1 in 5 adults consumed alcohol at levels placing them at lifetime risk of an alcohol-related illness or injury.

Almost 1 / 3 of drug treatment episodes in 2015–16 were primarily for alcohol, making it the most commonly treated drug in Australia.

There are very few families in Australia who haven’t been touched either directly or indirectly by alcoholism. If your life has been negatively impacted by your drinking or the drinking patterns of someone you know and love, we are ready to provide the help and assistance you need. Contact us to discuss your options.

Finding Solutions that Really Work for Alcoholism

At Solothurn, we know that there are a number of complex factors underpinning alcoholism and addiction. We know that too often, alcoholism and addiction can tear families apart.

If your drinking or the drinking patterns of someone close to you are starting to impact on relationships, health, work, study, parenting and general enjoyment of life, then it is time to get help.

Solothurn offers a non-clinical setting and a holistic person-centred approach within a recovery community model to get to the root cause of understanding the behaviours driving your misuse of alcohol. We provide a safe, nurturing environment and a unique tailored program to help you develop the skills and new ways of thinking that will help you to restore harmony in your life and to understand the triggers in your every day environment as well as strategies to overcome these in the future.

Call us today to speak to one of our friendly staff and discuss a personalised program to help you or your loved one overcome alcoholism.

Drug Use in Australia

At Solothurn, we know that drug use crosses all social, financial, age and cultural borders and impacts individuals and families across the country.

According to the Australian Government’s most recent National Drug Strategy Household Survey (2016), almost 25% or 1 in 4 young people aged 20 – 29 had illicitly used drugs in the last year. Across all Australian adults, over 3 million people illicitly use drugs each year and misuse of pharmaceutical drugs is also on the rise. For the first time, amphetamine use – especially ice, is considered by the Australian public to be the greatest drug of concern and its use continues to rapidly increase.
It is widely known that drug misuse has a range of both short and long term effects which vary depending on the specific drug/s used, how they are taken, how much is taken, and the person’s pre-existing health conditions.

Typically, short-term effects can include:

  • Changes in appetite,
  • Wakefulness,
  • Heart rate changes,
  • Blood pressure changes,
  • Heart attack,
  • Stroke,
  • Psychosis,
  • And even death.

Distressingly, these health effects may occur after just one use.

Longer-term effects can include:

  • heart or lung disease,
  • cancer,
  • mental illness,
  • Hepatitis.

Long-term drug use can also lead to addiction. Although not everyone who uses drugs will become addicted, for some people, drug use can change how certain brain circuits work. These brain changes interfere with how people experience normal pleasures in life such as food and sex, their ability to control their stress level, their decision-making, and their ability to learn and remember. These changes make it much more difficult for someone to stop taking the drug even when it’s having negative effects on their life and they want to quit.

Drug use can also have indirect effects on both the people who are taking drugs and on those around them. This can include affecting a person’s nutrition; sleep; decision-making and impulsivity; and risk for trauma, violence, injury, and communicable diseases. Drug use can also affect babies born to women who use drugs while pregnant. Broader negative outcomes may be seen in education level, employment, housing, relationships, and criminal justice involvement.

Beat Addiction and Achieve Lasting Change at Solothurn

At Solothurn Wellness Retreat, we are proud of our record in caring for and supporting people whose lives have been negatively impacted by their drug use. This has included a number of young people who have been using ice. See more about Cameron’s success story, for instance:

Our unique combination of a caring and highly qualified team with experience in treating addiction, our beautiful non-clinical setting and recovery community model combined with our option of a longer term transitional program have helped to drive our success stories.

Please call or email us today to find out more about how we can help you or your loved one to beat addiction and re-claim their lives and their hope for the future.