Addiction, Mental Health & Families


We need to talk.

Addiction, mental illness and substance abuse can stress a family to breaking point. They can impact the stability of a home, relationships, physical health and finances.

Many families feel desperate and overwhelmed by this reality and don’t know where to turn or what to do.

Living with addictions and mental health concerns puts family members under unusual stress. Routines might be constantly interrupted by unexpected or even frightening experiences that are part of living in a family where they are the fabric of daily life.

What is being said by the person who is unwell often doesn’t match up with what family members sense beneath the surface. The entire family unit becomes absorbed by a problem spinning out of control. Little things become big things and big things get minimized as pain is pushed under the carpet.

Does this sound familiar?


Often by the time people find their way South Pacific Private, they are exhausted by this cycle of despair.

Seeing a loved one struggling can be overwhelming and family members may feel angry, isolated and uncertain of what to do next.

If this sounds familiar, you may feel like life has been put on hold to accommodate, support, bail out and manage the unmanageable. Addiction or mood disorders such as anxiety and depression do not confine themselves to the person suffering, they impact families.

It’s a natural desire for parents, siblings and partners to want to support a loved one and many find themselves putting their loved one’s needs above their own, driven by love and wanting to help fix this problem.


Information, education and support can change a family crisis significantly.

At South Pacific Private our vision is to change lives and heal families.

Family is at the heart of everything we do.

If reading this has struck a chord,then you may consider calling South Pacific Private to find out more about the Family Education & Support Group. This program is designed to support families and carers in addressing issues comprehensively with the aim of helping everyone’s life get back on track as quickly as possible. For more information on this program click here.

South Pacific Private also regularly runs community education nights on varied topics relating to addictions and mental health. All are welcome to attend and they are advertised in the events section of this website. You can find out about pending events here.

These helpful flyers may also provide you will valuable information specific to different types of addictions and mood disorders:

Contact South Pacific Private today on 1800 063 332 to find out more.

South Pacific Private is here to help when you or someone you love experiences difficulties with addictions, trauma or with mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety.

LORRAINE: Unless you treat the whole family you never get to the root of the disease. It’s really important that we look at the whole family system and not just the patient. Getting families’ healthy is what we are all about.


Find out if you have a problem

The goal of our self-tests is not to provide you with a diagnosis for yourself or for someone you care about. Instead, they are an opportunity for you to better understand how a behaviour might be impacting upon your life or the life of your family. Use these tests to enhance your awareness of what the problem might be. These tests should be answered honestly in order to provide accurate insight and are a chance for you to reflect upon the current situation.


Find out if you have a problem.
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