Addiction is a maze-like complex of multidimensional problems that is affecting all aspects of almost every society today. Bethesda Addictions Treatment and Drug Rehab Centre has a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team of substance abuse and addiction specialists, ready to help and support people overcome drug, alcohol, gambling, and other dependencies and/or destructive life styles.
Through One-to-One Addiction Counselling, Group Therapy, Addiction and Relapse Education, and other services aimed at helping people identify and control undesired compulsive behaviors; our facility is having consistently successful results.
Bethesda Addictions Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre works with Hospitals, Public and Private Treatment Centres, Community Agencies, Churches, Schools, Families and Private Medical Practices, providing individual and group therapy, lectures, one-to-one counselling and facilitating support groups. We also liaise with GP’s as a means of developing individual treatment plans, providing emotional support to families and loved ones, and developing prevention programs; all with the goal of to helping people overcome their addictions and re-build their lives.
The term ‘addiction’ comes from the Latin root ‘addicere’, meaning to adore and to submit oneself to as to a master. The American Medical Association (AMA) offers the following definition:
An illness characterized by:
- A day-by-day, hour-by-hour, preoccupation with the drug
- After one drink or hit, a loss of control over consumption
A chronicity that lasts over a long period and sometimes causes a long-term change in the body
- A steady and sometime inconspicuous progression of use, amounts and consequences
- The tendency to make promises, break promises and to repeatedly relapse.
- It is further typically associated with physical disability and impaired emotional, occupational and/or social adjustments as a direct consequence or persistent and excessive chemical intake.
In April of 1990 the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) updated the AMA’s definition as follows:
‘Addiction is a primary, chronic, disease with genetic, psychosocial and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterised by impaired control over drinking and/or drugging, preoccupation with the alcohol and/or the drug and the use of the alcohol and/or the drug despite adverse consequences and distortions in thinking, most notably denial’
Through twice weekly One-to-One Counselling, Daily Group Therapy Sessions, Addiction and Relapse Education, our facility is having consistently successful results.