A substance use disorder (SUD) is a recognised mental disorder that can affect someone's
brain and behaviour, and making them incapable of controlling their use of substances
like alcohol, legal or controlled drugs, or medications.
Addiction can refer to the use or abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs, but it may
also refer to behavioural addictions such as gambling. Addiction is a complex mental
illness in which the sufferer can’t control their compulsive substance use or behaviour,
even if they know it is detrimental to their health, finances, or wellbeing.
People with substance use disorder have distorted thinking and behaviour patterns that
do not follow logic and tend to ignore evidence. Families and friends are often
profoundly affected by these disorders – attempts to help are often met with denial and
Substance use or behavioural addictions often comes at a huge and increasing
financial cost and the stigma around addiction often results in denial or
attempted cover ups. This can leave loved ones feeling helpless, which may
cause anxiety and depression.
The dual diagnosis units (DDU) were established specifically to care for people with two
or more psychiatric conditions, one of which is a substance/chemical or behavioural
This programme is based on clinical best practice, ensuring that you have the best
possible recovery outcome. We make sure that treatment includes the teaching of coping
skills that will help each patient not just during treatment, but long after they have
been discharged and are navigating their normal daily life.
Substance use disorders are classified as psychiatric diseases in and of themselves.
According to international research, 80% of people who struggle with substance abuse or
addictive behaviour also suffer from other psychiatric illnesses such as depression,
anxiety, or bipolar disorder, as well as unresolved issues from the past, and current
The key feature of a substance use disorder is when the person continues to use the
substance, even though it is causing significant problems for them.
The same applies to engaging in particular compulsive behaviours. Usually, this is seen when
someone’s relationship with the specific substance or behaviour becomes the main
relationship in their life, overtaking relationships with family, friends, loved ones, work,
Absence from work, university, school or college
Alienation of family and/or loss of friends
Risky and dangerous behaviour
Continued use of the substance or engagement in the behaviour despite progressive
Poor job performance
Changes in mood, appearance, and behaviour
Tolerance developing over time and withdrawal symptoms
Failed attempts to cut down, manage use, or quit the substance or behaviour
Our substance use self-assessment can help you to understand and reflect on your
relationship with any substances you use, and identify whether it's something you may
need help to manage.
If you and your family are trapped in this destructive cycle, be assured that there is a
way out. No matter how isolated and alone you feel, there are many other people walking
the same path, and there are dedicated professionals who are committed to helping you
change the direction of you and your family’s life for the better.
As part of our commitment to providing the best and safest care to all of our patients,
we listen. If you have anything you'd like to ask us, or need assistance accessing our
services, please get in touch.