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Director's Introduction

Director's Introduction - Michael Goldberg

Welcome to the 7th edition of our Sanctuary Byron Bay Newsletter. If you have recently subscribed, we invite you to access previous newsletters on our new website.

For those of you who have been fortunate enough to visit the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, you will know that our location here affords our clients the luxury of enjoying temperate weather throughout the year.  With the high humidity of summer receding, we are now enjoying crisp, clear days and beautiful autumn sunsets, and as the evenings cool, one can still enjoy a sunny day on the beach here in Byron Bay. But as winter approaches, more opportunities also arise for us to retreat, get warm and snug, and think about how we’d like to live our lives in richer, more rewarding ways.  Now is the time to leave the excesses of summer behind so we can contemplate and initiate the changes in our lives we’ve been postponing but which we know need to happen.

For any of you contemplating treatment at the Sanctuary Byron Bay but who have not yet visited the Northern Rivers area, I’d like to extend a warm invitation for you to come and visit first. Have a holiday and meet with me and some of our key staff.  An initial meeting can sometimes help to reinforce your drive to get well and dispel any fears or anxieties you may have about making changes in your life. If you’ve been contemplating shifting any old habits that no longer serve you well, come and talk to us to see how we can help.

In this edition of our newsletter, Jane Williams, our Clinical Director summarises the contributing factors to depression, highlighting the reality that for many, depression is not just confined to biology and the spurious promise of a magic pill.  As Jane explains, effective treatment needs to reflect the multi-faceted complexities of our existence.

Also in this edition, we look at the largely unrecognised issue of sugar addiction. While it seems trite to lump sugar in with other ‘stronger’, more destructive drugs, the addiction process nevertheless remains largely similar – ie  involving physiological adaptations to maintain equilibrium in the face of imbalances in biochemistry, all of which feed back to and inter-relate with cognition, feelings and moods.  Addiction is a complex process operating at many levels which is why a holistic, multi modal approach is absolutely essential to make any long term change.  Understanding our habitual use of sugar helps us understand how the process of addiction operates subtly in our lives.’

For those of you who are concerned about family members or friends who have yet to recognise the destructive path upon which they are travelling with regards to their habitual use of substances, the use of professional interventions services might be considered.  In this edition, we highlight how we can help.

I hope you enjoy this edition and I wish you all the very best!

Sincere Regards

Michael Goldberg

Founding Director