Addiction disorders manifest in many ways and no two cases are ever the same.
- Drug and alcohol dependency is one of the key contributors to LTUE with 9% of the jobactive caseload (55,000 jobseekers) identified as having this barrier to employment.
- Addiction is one of the most complex physical and mental health issues because underlying most cases is childhood trauma, further complicated by depression, grief, anxiety or PTSD.
- Addicts establish reward pathways as an escape from pain. These impact thought and emotional management, priorities, relationships, lifestyle, finances, self-esteem and work.
- When an addicts ‘sober’they have one set of rules and, when they are influenced by their substance,they have another. They live life on a merry-go-round, feeling remorse for what they have done, only to go back and have to ‘escape’ all the guilt and pain again.
- For full recovery addicts need specialist help to experience changes in neural pathway and neurotransmitters, sub-conscious programs, self-concept, emotional management, lifestyle and mental health issues.