Garbage Can

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The term ‘garbage can’ refers to an individual addicted to a narcotic substance, uses anything obtainable to get ‘high’ it’s a less common derogatory term in street slang term similar to “trashed” or “junkie” that are never used in context of addiction treatment itself.

In street slang this term is used to describe individuals who have developed a pattern of indiscriminate and excessive substance use, making it challenging to define their addiction to a specific drug or behavior. The idea behind the term Garbage Can is that these individuals tend to use any available substance or engage in any addictive behavior, similar to throwing everything into a garbage can without distinguishing one item from another. Their addictive tendencies extend beyond a single substance or behavior, making their recovery process more complex.

Key Characteristics:

  • Polydrug Use: Unlike individuals whose addiction focuses on a single substance, “garbage can” addicts engage in multi-substance abuse, including drugs, alcohol, and even inhalants or household chemicals.
  • Chaotic Substance Choice: Availability often dictates their choice, leading to experimentation with various substances regardless of their risks or effects.
  • Compulsive Behavior: Their pursuit of a “high” transcends specific substances, potentially manifesting in other addictive behaviors like gambling or excessive internet use.
  • Challenges in Diagnosis and Treatment: The non-specific nature of their addiction makes diagnosis and treatment planning complex, requiring tailored approaches that address the underlying causes.

Important Considerations:

  • Individuality
    It’s important to remember that addiction affects individuals differently. The “garbage can” label shouldn’t overshadow the unique experiences and needs of each person.
  • Dignity and Respect
    Addiction does not define a person’s worth. Using derogatory terms only creates stigma and hinders access to treatment.
  • Complexity of Treatment
    Recognizing the “garbage can” pattern can help professionals devise targeted interventions that address the full spectrum of addictive behaviors.

It is key to note that addiction is a highly individualized experience, and not every person fits into the Garbage Can category. Furthermore, this term does not imply that individuals experiencing addiction are “trash” or define their value as human beings.

Understanding the concept of the Garbage Can can be beneficial during the treatment and recovery process. It helps addiction professionals and therapists identify the unique challenges that individuals with this type of addiction face.

    Addiction and Mental Health

    Treatment Services

    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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