As people who are professionally trained, we are qualified to diagnose and treat addiction. Addiction is often complex and involves psychological aspects that are best treated by people specialised and experienced in this field.
People who suffer from addiction frequently believe that they are in control. They would, for example, not know the truth about themselves, even though it is patently obvious to those around them.
Our team at The PARC are experts in treating addiction and want to give you the very best chance of lasting recovery.
The 3 signs of Addiction:
There are certain characteristics that can be assumed for someone that is addicted or severely dependent. They come in three different aspectsย of all addictive behaviour with substances:
i) Being unable to control the consumption anymore, therefore hiding how much they are tolerating and going off on ‘benders’ or binge drinking.
ii) A more subtle side of addiction is the inability to stop oneself from reigniting the addiction. The user loses the power of choice and is unable to stop themselves from doing it all over again, despite making solemn oaths.
iii) They display personality shifts, which could be easily compared to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, up and down, loud and quiet, happy and depressed. Their attitude becomes selfish and self- centred.
Addictions to anything can be spotted by new personality traits such as greed, selfishness, short tempered and being self-centred.
Addiction is potentially life-threatening, it has also been recently classified as a disease of the brain. Many individuals die from addiction as a result of not seeking help and treatment. Addiction has habitual and ritualistic elements. People dealing with addiction generally agree that it can not be cured. An addict’s choices and habits however, can be changed, enabling that person to live a full and normal life.
Breaking an addiction frequently requires a ‘detox’ treatment, following which residential treatment is advised. Residential treatment generally includes evidence-based therapy and forms of evidence-based and group therapy. Addiction cannot be cured but it can be arrested and successfully treated; from there recovery can be maintained.
The Self-Test for Substance Addiction
If you are unsure if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, and whether or not you need help, go ahead and take our online assessment / self test, it is just 10 questions and will only take you 2-3 minutes.
The Self-Test for Food Addiction
Do you feel guilty or ashamed after you eat certain foods?
Do you try to hide what or how much you eat from other people?
Do you ever keep eating food you enjoy until you’re full and then still keep eating?
Do you tell yourself that you’ll finish eating something so that it’s gone, rather than stop eating it because you’re already full, telling yourself not to waste it?
If you said yes and identified with any of these questions, you may well be suffering from food addiction.
What’s food addiction?
It’s a relationship to certain foods (usually junk foods with high sugar content and also foods with processed carbohydrates) and how you consume them, that’s just as strong as addictions to substances (drugs and alcohol) and absolutely as damaging to your welfare and quality of life.
Like any addiction, food addiction can kill you prematurely by causing obesity, heart disease, high cholesterol and a range of lifestyle disorders.
It also leads to various mental health low points, such as depression, insecurity, jealousy, low self esteem, etc
Whilst it probably won’t kill you in the same way that a drug overdose may, it can lead to a slow decline in your happiness and a noticeable descent in your quality of life, based upon limited mobility, inability to interact with your children, unsuitable for work, disabilities, etc.
Good news though is that The PARC treats food addiction very effectively using the same process we use to treat all other addictions.
Although it’s a tough addiction to break, just like smoking and then quitting cigarettes, it’s very achievable.
Ask us how!
The Phuket Addiction Recovery Clinic “The PARC” is a 12 Step (non-Religious) residential treatment centre for people struggling with addictions.
We use the 12 Step Program of Recovery because it has already been proven to work.
Our minimum stay is 28 days, though most of our Residents extend for 2 months. Some people commit to our full 12 week program, which we believe is the optimal amount of time to spend in rehab, if you have the luxury of spending that much time and money on yourself.
We’ve kept the costs down to a minimum, without compromising on our great standards of care and comfort, in our efforts to serve as many families as possible. We hope that we’re able to work with you and your budget. Please speak to us to discuss your situation and we’ll do our best to accommodate your specific requirements.
Characteristics of Addiction – Am I An Addict?
Addiction can affect anyone (of any gender, age, profession, upbringing, social class, sexuality, nationality, religion or race). It is a non-discriminatory illness in that sense.
If you are wondering what addiction is and whether you suffer from it, there are certain symptoms you should look for, as described above on this page. If you feel that (any of) these symptoms apply to you, we sincerely advise that you seek help. However, you may feel that these described symptoms only partially apply to you. That said, even if you have slight concerns then it’s worth you taking further steps to consider things further, as there’s rarely smoke without fire. Please do take the “Self Test For Addiction” by clicking the button above, or contact us directly and speak to a specialist.
Each individual that suffers from addiction will be affected in different ways, although we’ve mentioned the 3 basic symptoms of addiction that are common in most cases (above). If you can identify with a ‘yes’ to one or two of these 3 core characteristics of addiction, it is likely you are an alcoholic or an addict, or that you have addictive illness, even if your illness hasn’t progressed too severely yet. This being the case, you are suffering from a powerful disease of the brain that is beyond your own mental control.
Modern research has shown that an addict’s brain is not like a normal brain. Over time, with repeated exposure to a mood and mind-altering substance or activity, the brain’s neural pathways rewire to compulsively seek and feed the addiction. This removes the power of choice from the equation.
Addiction is a progressive illness and only ever gets worse with time. As addiction progresses, the negative consequences get bigger and bigger.
Private addiction detox and rehab clinic Phuket Addiction Recovery Clinic (also referred to as “The PARC”), offers a long-term solution for people addicted to alcohol, drugs or a behaviour (such as sex addiction, or food addiction). Evidenced-based treatments delivered within the safe and secure in-patient setting of our wonderful Resort in Phuket, Thailand, can provide you with the firmest of foundations for lasting recovery from addiction.