Alcohol and other drugs of dependance are an accepted part of Australian culture and often used in moderation enhance a social occasion. However for some of us, drinking and taking drugs will complicate our lives. It can evolve from being a purely social or relaxing activity into something that unbalances your life, eroding our confidence, ambition and self-respect.
You may fail to recognise and acknowledge that your alcohol or drug use has become a problem until, left untreated, you may lose your job, your family and friends, and ultimately your health. If you find yourself increasingly reliant upon alcohol or some other drug to calm or relax yourself, to settle your ‘tremors’ or numb your emotions or simply make it through the day, you may be suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.
Can you relate to any of these statements?
- I’m unable to relax or approach social situations without alcohol or drugs
- I’m unable to sleep without alcohol or drugs
- I’m feeling confused and having difficulty making decisions
- I’m experiencing memory loss
- I feel tired, stressed, angry or anxious all the time
- I’m experiencing constant conflict in my relationship
- I experience cravings for alcohol or drugs
If you are experiencing any of the above, or you think you have a drug or alcohol addiction, Drug and alcohol counselling can help you to:
- Identify and understand the reasons why you need alcohol or drugs to relax
- Identify the specific situations that lead to your alcohol or drug use
- Learn new ways to manage your emotions instead of using alcohol or substances
- Clarify your hopes and dreams and what you would like your life to look like
- Help you make a personal support plan, defining your goals and the strategies you want to put in place to make those goals reality
- Get back control over your life again