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July 2017

Men and Mental Health

Mens’ physical and mental health often comes under the spotlight. Australian males been shown to have poorer health than Australian females. Men also are among the most like to develop problems with alcohol and other drugs.

To make matters worse, men are less likely than women to visit health professionals. Although there has been some welcome changes over time with women entering traditionally male dominated workplace roles, some areas are still male-dominated.

The construction industries, for example. There is a largely male-dominated industry. And the interesting thing is that, men in construction are less less likely to seek help, particularly for mental health problems as it is still considered to be a sign of weakness. In fact, some of the stresses of being in exactly that kind of environment can be a cause of mental health problems.

Health professionals are really trying hard to reverse that. In recent years, mental health issues such as addiction have become recognised as social issues rather than purely health issues. The change in attitude towards depression has caused a turn-around in how we consider this all too common mental health prolem.

Attitudes toward men’s mental health should be treated in the same way. Issues like family tensions, workplace stress are included in the way we think about health and wellbeing. Mental health care is adapting to men’s unique needs. Like many health professionals, at Retreat South we pride ourselves on creating a care and recovery program that assists everyone. Our treatment team have extensive experience in working with men as well as a diverse range of people.

We create a safe environment for all kinds of people and work toward taking back control of their lives under many and varied conditions. Our therapies range from psychology to meditation and exercise physiology so your physical wellbeing becomes part of your recovery.

Call today on +61 3 5568 4155 and talk to us about how we can help you find a solution to your unique situation.

Taking time out for your wellbeing

Perhaps you saw it in a news thread. The woman who messaged her workplace to say that she was taking a couple of days of to focus on her mental wellbeing? It would be surprising if you didn’t hear about it because her message, and more importantly, her boss’s response went viral.

“I’m taking today and tomorrow to focus on my mental health,’she wrote. “Hopefully I’ll be back next week refreshed and back to 100%.”

The company CEO saw the message and replied; “You are an example to us all, and help cut through the stigma so we can all bring our whole selves to work.”

The change in attitudes toward mental health problems means that more people might be able to do this. A lot of people are doing that already. Figures show that one in every five Australians took time off in the 12 months for reasons of their mental health issues.

Not all mental health problems can be fixed by just talking time away from work. We all know that if we are sick and just take sick leave, it doesn’t mean we will get well. The same applies to mental health. If you take time out, it might be necessary to use that time for an intensive course of therapy.

Retreat South can offer that. We work with you from the moment you contact us to put together a treatment that is tailored to your situation.

So, if you are thinking talking some time out for your mental wellbeing, think of spending it at Retreat South.

Effective treatment does not end with detox

The number of Australians seeking help for amphetamine addiction is on the rise. Amphetamine use has already become one of the major mental health problems but it is a problem that is increasing rather than decreasing.

A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released last week revealed about 134,000 Australians had received drug treatment in 2015–16. That is around 1 in 180 people. About 30% were for alcohol but amphetamine use has more than doubled, going from.

Although alcohol treatment has decreased and cannabis treatment has remained unchanged, in the last five years amphetamine use has soared from 11% to 23%.

The AIHW say that alcohol remains the most common drug people seek treatment for but a growing proportion are seeking treatment due to amphetamine use.

The actual number of treatment episodes for amphetamines rose from around 16,900 in 2011–12 to 46,400 in 2015–16. That is a 175% increase.

The report points to males as continuing as more likely to seek treatment than females and there is a higher instance of older Australians seeking treatment. people aged over 40 now make up one-third of those in treatment.

In the last decade, counselling continues to be the treatment most often sought.

Counselling and withdrawal management are important aspects of psychotherapy for treating addiction.

Effective treatment does not end with detox. Therapy takes us on that next step of avoiding relapse. Relapse can come about through ‘triggers’ and particular situations, events of behaviours can trigger relapse to deal with them. The importance of counselling in addiction treatment is to identify those triggers and develop ways of overcoming the trigger and deal with other negative emotions that can cause a relapse.

The AIHW report showed that the majority of people can complete treatment within three weeks. Not all treatments can be timed like this. It depends of the drug. The AIHW say it can vary from about two weeks for a substance like for cannabis to 39 days for heroin.

The important thing is that, to successfully overcome addiction, treatments need to involve psychotherapy to ensure a better chance of long-term recovery.