Withdrawal services

The Alcohol and Drug Program provides supervised withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs that includes education, support and medication.

Withdrawal from alcohol and some other drugs often requires medication to avoid the potential harms associated with ceasing alcohol or other drug use.

Supervised withdrawal

Supervised withdrawal can include:

  • educational groups relating to alcohol and other drug use;
  • liaison with self-help groups;
  • liaison and follow-up with other specialist services; and
  • counselling (also offered as part of follow up care).

All people seeking a supervised withdrawal are placed on a priority list for residential and out-patient withdrawal services. Family members and friends are provided with alcohol and drug information and offered referral.

Specialist Medical Services

The Alcohol and Drug Services Medical Services Provide:

  • Comprehensive client drug and alcohol management
  • Induction and ongoing care for clients with complex needs who are prescribed Opiate Replacement Therapy (Pharmacotherapy)
  • Medicated Withdrawal (Inpatient and Outpatient).
  • Referral for other medical services as appropriate
  • Liaision and provision of medical advice and care to inpatients at The Canberra Hospital and advice to GP's and health care practitioners.
  • Education to other health care professionals and the general public.

The Medical Service is a team of dedicated doctors who are experts in the field of alcohol and other drug medicine. The medical service doctors accept referrals from GP's and other health professionals.

Who can use this service?

All residents of the ACT who think they, a family member or friend may have alcohol or drug issues.

Contact us

Contact the Alcohol and Drug Service Intake line on (02) 5124 9977 or (02) 5124 1580 for initial information and assessment.

Page last updated on: 24 Jan 2022