What is it

A drug is a substance, other than food, which is taken to change the way the body and/or mind functions. Whilst some people use drugs (both licit and illicit) safely and responsibly, there can be the risk of drug use being harmful.
Harmful drug use is use of a substance leading to impairment and/or distress across social, interpersonal, legal, health or vocational areas of the person's life. 

What it includes

At KCPsych a holistic approach is taken to treatment which focuses on harm minimisation and reduction which encompasses the whole person. We believe that acknowledging the individuals unique set of social, cultural and environmental risk and protective factors, can assist in achieving the best outcomes for our clients.

How a psychologist can help

If you feel that you need support in addressing your drug use, a Psychologist can provide a supportive & non-judgemental environment where you can explore the contributing factors which have resulted in your drug use causing harm.  A Psychologist can assist with helping you identify you strengths and achievements in being able to move forward with an individualised plan. Psychologists work within a range of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy, to assist with achieving the person reach their treatment goal.


American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing

Alcohol & Drug Foundation: http://www.druginfo.adf.org.au/attachments/article/1489/15A934_AU_DrugFoundation.pdf
Australian Drug Information Network:
Australian Psychological Society: http://www.psychology.org.au/publications/statements/substance/


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If you require additional information, please call our office on 07 3256 6320. Our mental health focused reception staff will be only too happy to assist you with your enquiry about our service and can suggest the most suitable Psychologist for your concern.