Who is Affected by Addiction?

Addiction does not discriminate against anyone and is a very common, harmful disease in Australia. It is a disease – it has been recognised by the WHO as such – importantly it is not about being weak, or of poor morals. It can be treated and at Hills & Ranges Private, where we have one of Australia’s most successful treatment plans, it can be treated effectively and sustainably.
Our treatment methodology is anchored in the 5i® Program, a tailor made system for treating Alcohol & Drug Addiction, as well as associated behavioural addictions such as gambling or sex (chemsex).

More than 2.3 million Australians abuse drugs each year, and another 1.7 million are dependent on alcohol. Abuse and dependency not only affects those addicted but those around them, as well. Oftentimes, relationships with family members and friends who are close suffer because of the tight hold addiction has. The disorder affects the people closest at the same level just in a different way.
Fortunately, Hills & Ranges Private offers rehabilitation services that help those living with addiction work towards achieving lifetime recovery. Our staff, all of whom are also former addicts or alcoholics, work tirelessly to provide 24 hour a day care to our patients and keep their loved ones updated on their progress.

What Factors Influence Addiction?

Many factors can work together to influence an individual to develop an addiction disorder, and it is important to be aware of the types of triggers to watch out for. Here are some reasons why someone may become addicted to a substance:

  • Type of Drug Used: There are substances that are more addictive than others. For example, having an occasional alcoholic drink has a lot less potential for addiction than smoking or injecting Ice. Each substance has risks, but some are far more dangerous.
  • Genes: Our family history has a lot to do with a predisposition to developing a substance abuse disorder. If you have a family member that has had trouble with addiction in the past, it is more likely that you can also be subject to developing an addiction.
  • Environmental Influences: The people we surround ourselves with have a huge influence on the choices we make. If you are constantly surrounded by family members or friends who struggle with addiction and are constantly abusing substances, you are more likely to abuse substances yourself.

Hills & Ranges Private Offers a Fresh Start

Being in a new location surrounded by encouragement for recovery is the only way you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel for your addiction. If you continue to live in the environment you’ve become accustomed to, you will only continue the destructive behavioural patterns you have developed.

The first step towards recovery is always admitting to the problem at hand, and we understand that this can be an extremely scary thing to do. Our staff at Hills & Ranges Private are here to ease your mind and help you remember that rehab is an opportunity for a fresh start. If you decide to receive treatment from us, we will welcome you with open arms.

What Happens in Rehab?

Rehabilitation often starts off with a mental and physical evaluation of the potential patient. Our specialists will determine the severity of addiction they are facing, so we can better understand what types of treatments and therapies they will possibly need.

Once evaluated, our professionals will decide how best to treat your issues with addiction. Located in the hills & ranges of the Dandenongs, we also employ a physical activity program that is second to none in Australia.
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to restore body to a strong, healthy state, and some people in recovery desperately need help to improve the way their bodies function. In addition to helping the body to improve, exercise also provides a wealth of psychological and emotional benefits. As a study in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing puts it, exercise can:

  • Reduce depression
  • Soothe anxiety
  • Lift a negative mood
  • Improve self-esteem

All of which are parts of the withdrawal process from substance abuse.

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For any questions about our process, programs or facilities, talk to us now on 1800 422 711

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