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While Christmas can seem like a happy time of the year, for many, it can be challenging. We’re often rushing around buying presents, attending social events, making sure the kids are looked after during school holidays, cooking, cleaning… the list goes on. While the responsibilities of...

Consultant Therapist and supporter of South Pacific Private, Sharalyn Drayton from ARISE Counselling Solutions has shared with us her recent article on Betrayal Trauma. ABSTRACT Imagine being in a car accident. Out of the blue, someone smashes into you. You didn't see it coming and you are not...

Addiction and Recovery I smoked my first cigarette when I was 11.  My parents both smoked.  My mother had beautiful hands and lovely nails which were always varnished light pink.  I thought she looked extremely glamorous the way she held and smoked her cigarette.  I couldn’t...

Addressing the Realities of Rehab - Making an Informed Choice On his popular show, Last Week Tonight, John Oliver recently delivered a scathing report on the dangers on unaccredited and unregulated addiction treatment centres. Talking specifically about the landscape in America he cited the current situation where...

Something that regularly gets asked during our enquiries and assessments processes are questions regarding fees and payments for treatment. South Pacific Private is a private, accredited psychiatric hospital. As such we are contracted with most major health funds and the DVA. That means that clients with private...

Honesty in Recovery – Staying in your Integrity In Narcotics Anonymous they state, “The three indispensable principles for Recovery are Honesty, Open-mindedness and Willingness”, of which honesty comes first. The only way to truly give you the best chance in Recovery is to be honest. In Step One...