Some people who experience addiction and dependency are still able to function in the workplace and family. However, these behaviours are likely causing serious detriment to physical and mental health, such as damage to close relationships, impaired professional performance, deteriorating mental wellbeing, and chronic illness.
In Australia, the National Drinking Guidelines for alcohol intake recommend a maximum of two standard drinks per day. Regularly exceeding these recommendations may indicate alcohol misuse, however there are also a number of other symptoms that characterise the condition.
When used as a coping strategy, drug use can develop into compulsive, harmful behaviours with very serious physical and mental health consequences. Both prescription medication and illicit drug addictions can be fatal if left unmanaged.
Gambling addiction often begins at a recreational level and may not involve large sums of money. When this behaviour becomes unrestrained, individuals may not be aware of the damage their behaviour is having on themselves and their loved ones.
Video game or internet addiction is the unregulated use of digital devices in a way that is interfering with an individual’s ability to live a happy, productive and fulfilling life. Individuals with video game or internet addiction may spend significant portions of time engaging with their devices, neglecting healthy activities such as eating, sleeping, maintaining personal hygiene and engaging with others.
Many types of behavioural addictions exist, including an addiction to sex and pornography or an addiction to shopping. Behavioural addictions occur when a person becomes dependent on and craves a certain set of behaviours.
Addiction Medicine Specialist Dr Christian Rowan will the direct medical team at The Banyans in supporting you throughout your recovery. Reviews with Dr Rowan (as clinically required), Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Anja Kreigeskotten (if required), and a team of registered nurses ensure the highest standard of appropriate medical attention.
Addiction and dependency are widespread, with around 1 in 20 Australians suffering from an addiction or substance misuse problem.