The DrugBeat Program at Shay Louise House has been
closed down by the Labor State
Government on 29 June 2012 after 12 years servicing
families affected by drug & alcohol addiction.
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treatment service please contact ADIS (Alcohol & Drug
Information Service) Hot line on 1300 131 340
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The DrugBeat of South Australia
Program is a specialised non-residential recovery based treatment program that approaches
the physical, emotional and mental aspects of recovery. We
have observed that no level is more or less important that
another and without a "whole of person" approach the quality
of recovery can leave people in a state of despair for a
The program is both professionally and
ethically sound and is endorsed by The Southern Cross
Bioethics Institute and has been evaluated by the University
of South Australia.
At Shay Louise House we believe that
drug taking is a “symptom” of a wider range of problems.
Therefore we deal with the issues that were present prior to
the drug use and those that have evolved as a result of the
drug taking. By doing so we ensure that our clients have the
best possible recovery.
The DrugBeat of SA Program focuses on
the physical by using biochemical recovery based on research
overseas. It is naive to believe that physiological damage
has not occurred and this is evident by was has been
described as "Post Drug Impairment Syndrome" (PDIS) first
recognised by Dr. Forest Tennent in 1980. the emotional and
psychological recovery is achieved by knowing what
counselling approaches will be the most effective for the
Our counsellors have been trained in a
number of therapies that have originated from the United
States that have not been applied to drug and alcohol
recovery in this country.
To stabilise physically, emotionally & mentally.
To identify the origins of maladaptive behaviours.
To identify problematic family dynamics.
To deliver effective therapies to change maladaptive
behaviours for the drug user and family members.
The DrugBeat of SA Program is a structured recovery process
· An initial assessment
period - A six week period to identify external
environmental problems, assess for Detoxification and
measure the level of commitment of the individual.
Client Support Groups and
Life Skills Workshops covering a number of topics including:
The Physiology of
Identifying and Managing
Post Narcotic/Alcohol Dependency Syndrome
Developing Self Awareness
Identifying and Managing
Self Esteem and Healing
The Recovery Process
Change - What it requires
Client Focused 1:1
counselling in the early stages of recovery targets
environmental and social issues.
In-depth 1:1 counselling
in the later stages of recovery identifies the underlying
emotional issues of each individual.
24/7 Crisis phone support
with our on-call counsellors for those on our programs.
Drug Dependency is a Central Nervous System Disorder that
requires specialised treatment
The treatment of drug dependency is
not just about detoxification. Learning to identify and
manage the after effects of drug dependency provides the
addict with the tools necessary to live drug free.
Post Drug Impairment Syndrome
We have referred to this syndrome as
dry drug/dry drunk which is recognised to a certain degree
by some rehabs in Australia. Most rehabs deal with this
syndrome as a behavioural issue however, given our belief
that every aspect of addiction including post detoxification
behaviours are an emotional response we undertook our own
observations of patterns that existed in "all" clients and
the emotions underlying those patterns.
Our observations also showed that this
syndrome recurs on a regular basis and the signs and
symptoms exist on the physical, emotional and mental (PEM)
levels. When a counsellor is not trained to recognise PDIS
before it occurs clients can quite easily relapse, even
though that is the last thing on their minds. It is also
important for a counsellor to be aware of when a change in
counselling skills and approaches are necessary. Missing
important "verbal cues" does mean the difference between a
client being able to sustain abstinence or relapse.
PDIS we believe is the major
contributing factor to substance abuse being referred to a a
"high relapse disorder". The behaviours that present at the
onset of PDIS can be challenging for a counsellor to manage
if they are not aware of the "pattern". This syndrome also
makes it difficult for parents, family members and friends
to support a person in recovery that is why we include
family members in the recovery process.