Goldfields Alcohol and Drug Centre

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SANCA - GOLDFIELDS ALCOHOL AND DRUG CENTRE 

Overview

Thank you for visiting and welcome to the online Goldfields Alcohol and Drug Centre.

Our Centre currently offers four areas of service:

Addiction Is Powerful, Cunning and Baffling

In our field of service we are acutely aware that any addiction has an impact on everything and everyone around it. It takes on a power and momentum of its own. It rips into the body, mind and soul of the person with the addiction. It damages relationships, finances, self-esteem, career and much more.

It robs people of their sanity and life... including the loved ones around the person with the addiction. We can make a long list and then go into a lot of detail for each of these points to examine the visible and invisible costs - or damages - of addiction. But then, as a visitor, you already know this and that is why you are here seeking some answers or support.

You Are Not Alone... There Is Hope...

  • Maybe you just need to chat to someone to break the isolation?
  • Do you need motivation to take the next step to change?
  • Are you unsure if you or your loved one has an addiction?
  • Where do you go for treatment? Out-patient or in-patient programme?
  • Which treatment really has the best results?
  • Why is this so complex, after several treatments there seems no change and relapse comes back again and again?
  • How do I motivate my loved one to get help?
  • I have relapsed so many times after treatment and even going regularly to a support group (or therapist). Will I ever get my life back together again?
  • Must I wait for this thing called "rock-bottom"?
  • My child needs help, but what about me? I worry all the time. My world revolves around my child. What can I do for myself?

   

These are the needs and questions that bring people to us. There are no quick and simple answers to these questions, because addiction is baffling and systemic – it attaches to everything, like a virus. And it is cunning. By this we mean that one has to work with addiction on many levels. It is not just about stopping the drug of choice (DOC).

Because addiction is systemic, affecting the family and the individual’s whole life, we have to deal with the whole person within the context of the family or current social environment. The self-esteem, life skills, socialisation, career, money matters, personality characteristics, spirituality, family dynamics, past history... Again a long list, but the issues for each family and individual are unique.

Yes, the good news is, there is HOPE! Research, experience and the Twelve Step Movement (e.g Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Sex Addicts Anonymous) have identified patterns and keys to understand and help break the destructive cycle of addiction.

More importantly, we know there is hope because we have worked with so many addicts in recovery. Ongoing recovery planning, support groups, Twelve Step Fellowships and other solid relapse prevention programmes, are the backbone of long-term recovery and sanity for millions across the globe. We know these programmes work because they have touched the lives of millions since the first two pioneers, Dr. Bob and Bill, founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, began their journey helping each other in the mid 1930's.

"Whatever I put before my recovery, I will lose" is a statement of real wisdom from the 12 Step Movement. It is a constant reminder, for the addict and addicted family, not to become complacent or sit back and say "We are cured, we don't need the fellowship or programme of daily action".

When we put recovery and our relationship with God (or our Higher Power) first each day, each moment, we find serenity, courage and hope to do what we need to do to live full and meaningful lives. This enables us to contribute to the lives of others and give back what we have so freely received.

Won't you...

Introduction to Addiction

Alcoholism Defined

Understanding the Pathology of Addiction

This is a 7-minute, light-hearted animated film describing the pathology of addiction according to the theories presented in Dr. Ronald Ruden's book "The Craving Brain".

An Open Door...

Contact us right now and let's talk and find a way together to take the next step. Don't wait any longer! The longer you wait and hope it goes away, the more power you give the addiction and the more treatment resistant it becomes. Start now with a little step and break down the denial that interlocks with the addiction.

In doing anything, the first step is the most difficult – Chinese proverb

Take this Free Self-Administered Addiction Check-Up. Click the link to do a basic assessment for yourself or someone you care for,

We’ll be delighted to take your call and help you in the best way we can.

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Regards,

Goldfields Alcohol and Drug Centre Team

Finding the Balance in Recovery

Duffy's clinical director, Jen, stresses the importance of living a balanced life in recovery. "Balance is one of the key elements to recovery, and most people coming into treatment are pretty well out of balance...". Some of the things that are part of finding the balance are:

  • discovering or affirming personal strengths
  • discovering some wonderful things about you
  • finding social, spiritual and emotional balance within the fellowship 12 Step recovery community
  • having structure in one's day
  • being accountable to be somewhere every day
  • identifying what things are missing and how can they begin to put those things back into place

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