You don’t have to break your dependence on alcohol or drugs alone.
Just as anybody can struggle with the stresses of life and alcohol or drug use, anyone can refer themselves to our team. If you want to stop relying on alcohol or drugs, we’re here with practical one-on-one support to help you start living the life you want.
Our specialist nurses will work with you and your family or support network, providing the practical advice you need to understand and deal with your triggers. From setting goals to liaising with your GP to referrals to other support services, we empower you to manage your withdrawal at home, on your terms.
Our free, confidential withdrawal service is run by clinical nurse specialists who visit you at home and support you through your withdrawal in shared care with your general practitioner (GP). Once assessed for suitability, our service is available to people of all ages.
We provide education and support for your family members and GP and can refer you to counselling, rehabilitation and other services for ongoing care that’s best suited to your individual needs.
- the ability for clients to self-refer
- a medicated or non-medicated home-based withdrawal plan
- GP liaison
- home visits
- specialist case management with clinicians available to support GPs during consults with relevant patients via telephone
- education and support for yourself, your family and your GP
- referrals to appropriate counselling and rehabilitation services.
Our Community Services Charter explains your rights and responsibilities, and what you can expect, when engaging with our services.
Our caregivers are taking all appropriate precautions during COVID-19 as directed by government and St John of God Health Care guidelines and will continue providing home-based withdrawal as long as there are no people with COVID-19 isolating in the residence.
The clinical nurse specialist who is assigned to you will:
- co-ordinate your withdrawal
- provide support for you, your family and significant others
- ensure you are in a safe environment
- keep in regular contact with your general practitioner (GP)
- monitor your withdrawal symptoms
- monitor the use of any medication prescribed to assist you with your withdrawal
- help you plan your days to change your drug or alcohol use
- explore relapse prevention strategies
- explore options for ongoing post withdrawal support with you (including counselling and rehabilitation) and facilitate referral to the service that best meets your needs.
DAWN is a professional home-based withdrawal service providing an effective treatment option for people who want to safely reduce or cease their substance use.
The service is free for patients and GPs.
To make a referral, or to self-refer, please complete the DAWN referral form and fax to 08 9380 9793.
Advice and support for people caring for others
We understand that caring for people who are experiencing mental health issues can be overwhelming.
We’ve got some advice on how to care for yourself, how to seek professional help and additional information.
In 2020, St John of God Social Outreach was awarded full accreditation against the QIC Health and Community Services Standards, with accreditation renewed in 2023, demonstrating our commitment to providing quality services that are best practice, driven by effective systems and processes that support our clients’ positive experience and achieving better outcomes for everyone we serve.
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