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Substance Dependence

Substance Dependence – What is it?

Substance dependence results when a person uses either drugs or alcohol to create a certain mindset in order to deal with stressful situations and/or life in general. Continued use can become compulsive and can interfere with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships or health. Substance dependence can result in behaviour that is in danger of becoming out of control and is beginning to cause problems for themselves and others.

The use of drugs, alcohol and/or prescription medication is triggered by a person’s reaction to psychological and emotional stress, therefore, the use of the substance dependence is secondary to finding and understanding the root cause of this stress. People who deal with stress effectively, who do not have overwhelming emotional symptoms and have a healthy level of self-worth and self-esteem are unlikely to develop a substance abuse disorder even if they have the gene for alcoholism. Unless the underlying stress issues are identified and corrected then the alcohol and substance abuse will always be turned to in times of despair or trauma.

Solutions for substance dependence

At Palladium Private (formerly The Fountainhead Retreat), we provide holistic therapy solutions that incorporate a set of coping mechanisms that can be used to break this cycle of alcohol and substance abuse. Together with gently reprocessing past events to deal with grief and regret, and being re-educated on the measurement of self-esteem and self-worth, The Fountainhead Retreat’s education program is incredibly effective in addiction counselling for mild substance dependence.

We cannot change what happened to you in life, but we can re-educate you to react to life events in a healthier way, which will end the cycle of substance dependence at its source. We assist our clients back to physical health but, more importantly, we look for the cause of the psychological stress that is causing emotional symptoms. We help our clients reprocess grief and regret and also look at how they are measuring their self-worth and esteem.

Why a Holistic Program at Palladium Private is a Long-Term Solution for Treating Substance Dependence

Fountainhead’s approach to treating substance dependency naturally differs from traditional medical methods. The program uses only qualified and experienced Therapists who apply evidence based tools and techniques to work on the mind to change unwanted behaviors. Our approach helps you to understand your triggers and ways to work through these triggers by adopting new behaviours, applying proven skills and engaging in new ways of thinking. Our addiction counselling programs offers change that is lasting because of our unique approach and the comprehensive range of supportive holistic therapies. We look at the symptoms of the individual and unravel the root cause of their alcohol and substance abuse.

We teach Mindfulness training which has existed for millennia but has only been explained scientifically the last twenty years, as a way to identify thought patterns.

It is supported by mind mapping techniques which are similar to timeline therapy but different in that the focus is not only to identify your patterns of behavior but to change those patterns then and there.

Our Staff

Within our peaceful and relaxing surroundings, we work with you, day by day, teaching you how to initiate a new way of thinking. This approach is accompanied by nutritious seasonally organic meals cooked by our passionate chefs and body work facilitated by our professional personal trainers and massage therapists. Our Therapists have been selected as much for their ability to counsel and connect with you empathetically as they are for their experience in working with people like you.


We are the most established holistic therapy Retreat in Australia and our intense programs are led by dedicated, highly trained staff and experienced therapists to ensure your program is giving you maximum chance of success.

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1300 573 095
67 McCarthy Rd Maleny,
Queensland, Australia.