The Buttery Private program helps people develop an understanding of what drives them to abuse alcohol. The program helps people resolve underlying issues behind their alcohol abuse and equips people to live more fulfilling lives without the need for alcohol. Participants are given techniques to recognise the triggers that can lead to a resumption of unsafe drinking and how to minimise these negative effects.
The Buttery Private’s treatment for alcohol abuse is informed by The Buttery’s experience in effectively treating drug and alcohol abuse since the 1970s. Alcohol abuse can occur in response to underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, depression of post-traumatic stress.
Alcohol dependence can occur progressively, sometimes developing over many years. Although this is not always the case.
People experience a strong need to continue drinking despite the consequences for the drinker and those around him or her. Untreated, alcoholism has serious effects on a person’s long term health, relationships and career and can lead to premature death.
Due to the extreme health risks associated with abrupt withdrawal from alcohol, medically supervised withdrawal is necessary. The Buttery Private provides advice about seeking medical treatment prior to entering The Buttery Private.
There are many theories about why people use substances. One of the most widely accepted is the self-medication hypothesis. This suggests that alcohol and other drug use is an attempt to relieve symptoms of an underlying disorder or condition, such as stress, depression, or anxiety.
One of those primarily credited for developing the self-medication hypothesis is Dr Edward J. Khantzian, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard University. Dr Khantzian believes that an underlying disorder or condition combined with poor coping skills leads to substance misuse. In this case, substance use becomes a coping skill. This avoidant behaviour promotes escapism, acting out on the brain’s biological wiring to avoid pain and seek pleasure.
If you have an enquiry about alcohol misuse, please complete the form below or call 1300 851 695.