BYRON BAY, New South Wales, Sept. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Young Australians are increasing their illicit use of crystal methamphetamine, which is also known as 'meth' and 'ice'. This addictive illegal substance is a major concern for families and their communities. Nungkari Treatment Centre, a private rehabilitation clinic in Byron Bay focusing on using holistic solutions, has watched the problem escalate and suggest a number of natural alternative therapies to help recovery.
Ice is a stimulant drug, which is the crystallised form of methamphetamine. According to the Australian Drug Foundation, Australians as young as 14 are now using it, with the average age of first-time users at 18 years. In Melbourne alone, there was an 88% increase in ice-related ambulance attendances between 2011 and 2013.
"Ice is now the second most popular illicit drug in the world, next only to cannabis and outranking heroin and cocaine. It's even the drug of choice of people who are regularly injecting drugs. Why? Because it's cheap, readily available, and the effects can be felt within seconds of intake," explains David Godden, Clinical Director of Nungkari Treatment Centre.
It's rare that ice users seek treatment for themselves. As such, Nungkari Treatment Centre recommends families engage a qualified therapist or support group prior to approaching the person who's been using the drug. To give families a starting point, Godden suggests the following as viable approaches to treating ice or drug addiction:
1. Group Therapy - The natural propensity of human beings to congregate makes group therapy a powerful therapeutic tool. It helps the patient lessen the feeling of isolation and by himself witness the recovery of others.
2. Yoga - A powerful part of recovery treatment because it works holistically. It helps release tension and toxins in the body. It also induces relaxation and restorative effects to the mind and body.
3. Meditation - Releases mental affliction and is effective in reducing the rate of relapse. It also allows the patient to become more self-aware, helping him realise the ill effects of a continued use of illicit substances.
4. Equine Therapy - With the help of horses a patient can realise his true self with what he has become through his addiction. This is achieved through the interaction with a horse, a therapy designed to promote change and personal growth.
The Clinical Director further explains, "The role of the family is ever more important in helping an ice or any drug user recover from his addiction. It's difficult for just one individual to go through it alone, but through the support and care provided by his loved ones, a long-lasting change can be achieved."
He closes by saying, "What's more, natural and holistic solutions should always be sought first, as the less abrasive and more nurturing path towards recovery."
Further information about how Nungkari Treatment Centre's therapy programs can assist with 'ice' addictions, visit their website: http://www.nungkaritreatment.com.au/
About Nungkari Treatment Centre
Nungkari Treatment Centre is an integrative holistic residential treatment facility providing specialised support services for individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol addiction, trauma, eating disorders and relationship issues.
Their experienced and highly qualified multidisciplinary team of practitioners is comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, therapists and alternative health care workers.
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