Treatment Approach & Options

At South Pacific Private we have been treating trauma as the underlying issue in addictions and mental illness since 1993. Our treatment program is tailored to meet the individual needs of clients and are designed, structured and supervised by a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, GPs, registered nurses, psychotherapists and counsellors. We offer a range of programs and pathways for the treatment of Anxiety disorders, Mood disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Alcohol Addiction, Substance Abuse, and Behavioural Addictions.

Key Concepts of the SPP Approach explained:

Addiction is a disease:

At SPP we see addiction as a disease with spiritual, emotional, and physical components, - this disease can be arrested but not cured.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) definition of addiction reads: “Addiction is characterized by the inability to consistently abstain impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one's behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.”

Dr David Mee-Lee (Addiction specialist and Consultant to SPP) states: “There is a need for comprehensive addiction treatment of the underlying disease process in the brain that has biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations.”

Dual Diagnosis / Comorbidity:

The high prevalence of coexisting mental illness and substance use disorders is well established in both clinical practice and throughout the literature.

At SPP we are committed to addressing the challenges of coexisting mental illness and substance use disorders concurrently by the same group of clinicians within the same treatment program. Our team of clinicians is led by our Medical Superintendent, Dr Ben Teoh, one of Australia’s leading experts on dual diagnosis / comorbidity.

Psychotherapeutic Program:

At the heart of the SPP approach to treatment, is the believe that developmental trauma, causes a predictable range of core issues which we address at the same time as the presenting problems (mental illness, substance use) in order to support long-term recovery and healing.

Therapeutic Community:

SPP has developed a range of strategies to promote healthy communication within the client community. It is within this therapeutic community that we can facilitate the development of self-awareness, accountability, emotional maturity and functional adult skill building.

Continuing Care and Relapse Prevention:

Our Continuing Care program, and aftercare planning, is an integral part of our treatment program and helps prepare clients for re-entry into their home, work, and social environments.

Treating the whole family:

At SPP, we believe that treating the whole family is more effective than treating just the individual. A cornerstone of our treatment is the Family Program, where family members are invited to participate in an intensive and supportive program of education, structured exercises and guided discussions that explore the family system and relationships.

Treatment Options

Inpatient / Residential Program:

Research and our experience has shown us that the most effective way to holistically treat clients with acute needs, and bring about the changes needed, is to provide a 24/7 therapeutic environment. Our Inpatient / Residential Program is designed to address problematic behaviours, attitudes, and feelings.

Day & Evening Program:

Our day and evening programs are designed to support clients who are functioning well enough in their day-today lives to be able to remain in their home environment while seeking treatment. In addition to being an alternative to the inpatient program, day and evening programs can also provide continuing care for clients after they have completed the inpatient program. 

Specialised Programs:

We offer a range of specialised programs at SPP that make up components of the therapeutic journey.

Our specialised programs are:

•Changes
•Family Program
•Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) Program
•Changes 2
•Family Education and Support Group

To find out more detail about these programs please read about our specialised programs

Or, please call our expert intake team who are available 24/7 on 1800 063 332 if you have more specific questions or would like more information about any of these programs. Alternatively you can email info@southpacificprivate.com.au