The Centre for Addiction Medicine offers treatment services for persons with difficulties arising from the misuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The clinical services include out-patient consultations and inpatient treatment for substance use disorders: alcohol, nicotine (smoking and chewing tobacco), cannabis, opioids (including cough mixture and pain medicines) and other drugs; as well as for behavioural addictions (gambling, Internet, sexual addictions).
Our treatment strategies are based on the growing scientific understanding that addictive disorders are brain illnesses. They occur due to long-lasting changes in brain structure and function, following repeated use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, especially in individuals who are vulnerable (due to genetic and environmental causes).
This results in the characteristic problems seen in people with addiction: loss of control over intended use, urge and craving for the substance, withdrawal- physical and emotional problems on reducing or stopping usage of the drugs, preoccupation with seeking and taking the substance to the exclusion of all other activities.
This in turn causes significant problems to the person (medical consequences and emotional problems); to the persons relationships with others- especially intimate family members; as well as severe problems relating to occupation, legal problems etc. The illness is in most part recurring and relapsing.
Effective strategies to help addicted person and their families involve a combination of medical treatments to deal with the consequences of substance use as well as behavioural strategies to motivate people to make changes in their lives learn ways to avoid relapse to previous levels of use and make changes in lifestyle and interpersonal relationships.
We have a multi-disciplinary team of experts in Addiction medicine and psychological counselling offering a wide range of services: diagnosis, treatment planning, pharmacological and behavioural treatments, relapse prevention and family counselling.