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Byron Private Attends Parliamentary Inquiry
Byron Private recently made a written submission to the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the provision of drug rehabilitation services in regional, rural and remote NSW. We were privileged to then be invited as one of just two private operators in our area to personally meet with the committee members and discuss our view. From a regulatory perspective, it was noted that the addiction treatment industry is largely unregulated.  The parliamentary committee took the time to understand Byron Private’s comprehensive governance model, including the participation of highly qualified professionals, adoption of international best practices, and voluntary attainment of ISO accreditation.  It...
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Facing Easter with an Eating Disorder
For many, Easter represents a time of connection with family and friends, enjoying a few too many Easter eggs and simply taking a break from our busy lives. For those however that are struggling with eating disorders it can be flavoured with intense fear and shame. I certainly was one of the latter, where every Easter I would end up in a vicious binge purge cycle that would take weeks sometimes months to come out of. No matter how much I tried to exert my willpower, set up a program of eating or tell myself I just wouldn’t, it would only...
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Disease vs Moral Model of Addiction
Considerable research has been conducted attempting to explain the causes of addiction in particular the arguments for both the medical and moral models of explaining addiction. The clear difference between these models are the causes they attribute to drug and alcohol abuse and the role of free will. A critical review of the literature for and against addiction as a personal choice versus a disease model one concludes that discourses on addiction and applied treatment are often influenced by what is funding them. It excludes the complex interplay of the social and environmental history of the individual, their brain chemistry...
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