"The Antidote to Addiction
is Connection and Love." Joe Wicks.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Substance dependency can begin almost unnoticeably; it can negatively impact friendships, relationships, and different aspects of life and move people from all walks of life. The use of alcohol and other drugs in the LGBTIQ+ can be higher than heterosexual counterparts, and the gaps can increase amongst 18 – 25-year-olds. There is a mixture of reasons for this, as alcohol and other drug use are ingrained in modern-day culture. It’s now widespread for drugs and alcohol to be used recreationally in clubs and bars where the LGBTIQ+ community freely socialise. 

The challenge lies in the negative behaviours caused by the use of substances regularly in terms of a person’s health and the impact on those around them. People, especially younger people, in the LGBTIQ+ circle are more likely to have to deal with many negative experiences which can increase potential alcohol and other drug use, including:

  • Bullying and harassment
  • Verbal and physical violence
  • Name-calling and inappropriate labels
  • Cyberbullying
  • Loss of family and friends.
  • Discrimination and exclusion

 

Dealing with harassment and bullying can significantly impact mental health and related alcohol and other drug disorders. In some cases, the combination of life challenges and substance use can lead to addiction as a means of dulling pain and trauma and providing a sense of self-confidence.

Some more common drugs can include alcohol, methamphetamines, MDMA, cocaine, and cannabis. Conditions such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders are also associated with and can be made worse by drug and alcohol use.

Research shows that early intervention can effectively prevent a substance disorder from developing. If drugs and alcohol affect your everyday life and relationships, there is hope. There is a diverse range of treatments to support recovery.

If you feel that substances are impacting your life or that there are other underlying factors combined with their use, you are not alone. There is a range of support networks to help. If you are experiencing difficulties with substance use, it’s best to consult a GP or a drug and alcohol service. Here are some options for immediate support:

Some common symptoms of alcohol or drug dependence include:

  • Using a substance to cope.
  • A lack of interest in social activities unless it involves alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Sudden changes to your mood, such as anger or irritability.
  • Feeling fearful or anxious for no apparent reason.
  • Problems with work, school, family, or friends.
  • Trouble sleeping or insomnia.
  • Feeling ill when you go without the substance for some time (substance withdrawal symptoms).

Substance dependency can begin almost unnoticeably; it can negatively impact friendships, relationships, and different aspects of life and move people from all walks of life. The use of alcohol and other drugs in the LGBTIQ+ can be higher than heterosexual counterparts, and the gaps can increase amongst 18 – 25-year-olds. There is a mixture of reasons for this, as alcohol and other drug use are ingrained in modern-day culture. It’s now widespread for drugs and alcohol to be used recreationally in clubs and bars where the LGBTIQ+ community freely socialise. 

The challenge lies in the negative behaviours caused by the use of substances regularly in terms of a person’s health and the impact on those around them. People, especially younger people, in the LGBTIQ+ circle are more likely to have to deal with many negative experiences which can increase potential alcohol and other drug use, including:

  • Bullying and harassment
  • Verbal and physical violence
  • Name-calling and inappropriate labels
  • Cyberbullying
  • Loss of family and friends.
  • Discrimination and exclusion

 

Dealing with harassment and bullying can significantly impact mental health and related alcohol and other drug disorders. In some cases, the combination of life challenges and substance use can lead to addiction as a means of dulling pain and trauma and providing a sense of self-confidence.

Some more common drugs can include alcohol, methamphetamines, MDMA, cocaine, and cannabis. Conditions such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders are also associated with and can be made worse by drug and alcohol use.

Research shows that early intervention can effectively prevent a substance disorder from developing. If drugs and alcohol affect your everyday life and relationships, there is hope. There is a diverse range of treatments to support recovery.

If you feel that substances are impacting your life or that there are other underlying factors combined with their use, you are not alone. There is a range of support networks to help. If you are experiencing difficulties with substance use, it’s best to consult a GP or a drug and alcohol service. Here are some options for immediate support:

How Our Team Can Help

At Unboxed Pride, we offer support by developing a plan that may include:

 

  • A safe place to talk to a caring, non-judgmental therapist and share your experiences with substance use. 
  • Options and practical solutions to reduce substance misuse.
  • Identify any thoughts or triggers that contribute to the use of substances and provide strategies to overcome them.
  • Develop new ways to approach thought patterns through a lens of compassion and self-awareness to make informed decisions. 
  • Evidence-based therapies (such as CBT/DBT) to help understand triggers, related thoughts, and behavioral responses to break negative thought cycles related to substance use, and related mental health issues.
  • Build self-care strategies and support plans to incorporate positive thinking and new perspectives when confronted with stress factors.
  • Strategies and comprehensive plans to manage potential lapses and relapse situations to help you stay on track.

Our Team Are Here For You

We are here with you every step of the way and are committed to progress and supporting you in your journey.
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Keith Kulda

He/Him
Counsellor
Confident, LGBTQIA+ member, Tough but Comforting, Male
Counsellor
Wed & Thurs
$130
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Keith Kulda

Counsellor
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

 Counsellor (He/Him)

My counselling approach is person-centred and focused on developing strong therapeutic partnerships and meet clients where they are. I am a proud gay man of colour with a practice motivated on helping clients with personal growth and making self-rewarding change.  
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Tasha Turner

She/They
Senior Counsellor
LGBTQIA+ member, Gender Queer, Spiritual, Non-religious, Confident, Warm and Sensitive
Senior Counsellor
Tuesday & Thursday
Individual Sessions: $130
Couples: $230
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Tasha Turner

Senior Counsellor
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist (She/Her)

As a proud gender Queer, pansexual, neurodivergent Counsellor, and chronic pain battler, I am excited to be part of this tailored support service. My purpose is to guide clients in exploring their true selves, embracing their differences and living authentically  
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Milo Crocchini

He/Him
Registered Psychologist (BA-Psych, MPsych, GDipPsych, MAPS)
LGBTQIA+ Member, Male, Confident
Registered Psychologist
Wed, Thurs & Saturday
$192.90 (Private Fee)
$100 (With Medicare Rebate)
  $230 – Couples Counselling
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Milo Crocchini

Registered Psychologist (BA-Psych, MPsych, GDipPsych, MAPS)
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Registered Psychologist (He/Him - BA-Psych, MPsych, GDipPsych, MAPS)

I'm a registered psychologist based in Sydney. I am passionate about helping my clients live happier and more emotionally fulfilling lives. I provide support and guidance during some of the most challenging times, creating a warm and empathetic therapeutic environment where they can feel safe, heard, understood, and valued.  
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Mark Podesta

He/Him
Registered Psychologist (GradDip & Postgrad Dip - Psychology)
LGBTQIA+ member, Male, Spiritual, Warm and Sensitive
General Psychologist (GradDip and Postgrad Dip -Psych)
Saturday
$192.90 (Private Fee)
$100 (With Medicare Rebate)
  $230 – Couples Counselling
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Mark Podesta

Registered Psychologist (GradDip & Postgrad Dip - Psychology)
ADD/ADHD
Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Anger management

Registered Psychologist (He/Him)

I'm a warm, caring, approachable person. I'll be guided by your strengths, needs and circumstances; empowering you to be able to create positive changes, cope with challenges and difficulties, and improve your overall wellbeing.    
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Leonard W Kling

He/Him
Clinical Psychologist
Male, LGBTQIA+ member, Warm and Sensitive, Non-religous
Clinical Psychologist
Wednesday
$235.50 (Private Fee)
$99.15  (With Medicare Rebate)
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Leonard W Kling

Clinical Psychologist
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

 Clinical Psychologist (He/Him) 

I’m a very positive, compassionate and respectful person. While making every effort to genuinely understand the unique challenges that can be faced, I’ll always create a welcoming and safe space to build future goals and work with you to develop positive change and growth.
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Nicole Vanderkroef

She/Her
Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist
LGBTQIA+ member, Female, Spiritual, Non-religious, Parent, Warm and Sensitive, Confident
Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
$130
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Nicole Vanderkroef

Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist
ADD/ADHD
Agoraphobia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Clinical Counsellor and Psychotherapist (She/Her)

I am a qualified clinical counsellor and psychotherapist with over 10 years working with adults, children and families. I have a warm, open and patient approach -- and some very broad shoulders  
https://unboxedpride.com.au/