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  Drug Abuse or Addiction  

Drug addiction, or known as Substance Use Disorder in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), is the compulsive use of a substance despite negative or dangerous consequences. It affects anyone from any socioeconomic status and class. The important characteristic is an underlying change in brain chemistry which lead to loss of control over the drug use. Repeated relapses and drug cravings, when exposed to a trigger, are some of the symptoms of the brain chemistry change. 

Stopping the drug use after frequent use leads to acute withdrawal symptoms. To avoid the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, the person seeks relief through drug use. The addictive cycle is reinforced and strengthened. Before the destructive cycle is broken, drug addiction affects the user's career, relationships and financial situations. DSM-5 has outlined 11 criteria as symptoms of drug addiction.  

  • Taking the substance in larger amounts or for longer than intended to
  • Persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using the substance
  • Spending a lot of time getting, using, or recovering from use of the substance
  • Cravings and urges to use the substance
  • Recurrent substance use resulting in failure to fulfil major role obligations at work, school or home.
  • Continuing to use, even when it causes problems in relationships
  • Important social, occupational or recreational activities are reduced or given up because of substance use
  • Recurrent substance use in situations which is dangerous
  • Continuing to use, even when you know you have a physical or psychological problem that could have been caused or made worse by the substance
  • Needing more of the substance to get the effect you want or a diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of substance (tolerance)
  • Development of withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance.

Severity of substance use disorder

Breaking a drug addiction cycle is difficult, but not impossible. Help, like addiction counselling, educational and therapy programmes and 12-Step Self-help recovery support group, is available for the individual and family members. 

If you or someone you know exhibit the aboved symptoms, no matter how mild or severe, we strongly encourage you to make an appointment with us. Call 6547 5459 or email:

Individual Counselling Programme

Substance Or Alcohol Recovery programme (SOAR) Programme

Addiction is a mental health disorder. Many people have their health, finances and, ultimately, their lives turned upside down by addiction. However, with timely and consistent treatment and support, recovery is possible. At WE CARE, our mission is to provide accessible and professional help for individuals and families struggling with various forms of addiction. We provide a safe environment for the individual and family to work on their issues and effect long-lasting change.

The SOAR (Substance or Alcohol Recovery) Programme is a structured therapy programme designed for people with substance, prescription meds and/or alcohol abuse problems.

Counselling is provided by trained addiction specialists.

Basic programme components:

  • 6 individual sessions
  • 2 family sessions
  • 4 group sessions

Depending on needs, some clients may require further sessions after the initial phase of programme

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To make an appointment, call 6547 5459 or email:

  Families in Recovery through Education and Empowerment  

FREE stands for Families in Recovery through Education and Empowerment. FREE is a workshop for the family members of addicted ones. 

Date: Every 2nd Monday of the Month except Public Holiday

Upcoming workshop: 11 Dec 2017

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  SMART Recovery  

SMART stands for Self-Management & Recovery Training. Participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. 

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