Detox@Home isn't an emergency service. If you, or someone else, are experiencing a medical emergency, call Triple Zero (000).
- Detox@Home is a community based, medically assisted, alcohol withdrawal program.
- Detox@Home clients are supported by a team of specialist alcohol and other drug (AOD) clinical staff and qualified peer workers with lived expertise.
- Detox@Home is a specialised service providing alcohol detoxification support to help clients progress on their recovery journey.
- The service is provided at a client’s permanent or temporary residence (including private residences and residential care facilities).
- The service is guided by principles of person-centred, trauma informed and recovery orientated care.
- The service aims to improve access to timely, appropriate, and evidence-based managed withdrawal support (also known as managed detox).
This service is available to clients who
- are aged over the age of 18
- have an appropriate and safe permanent or temporary residence in which they can complete a five-day detoxification process
- have someone who they can nominate as a support person to support them for the duration of the five-day detoxification process
- agree to have post detox follow up support to guide and support the client’s recovery journey to follow the five-day detoxification process
- have no medical or mental health reasons not to proceed (for example, complex health needs)
How to access
The program operates from two locations in Tasmania - Launceston (north) and New Town (south).
- The service in the north is trialling an ambulatory model. This operates as an outpatient model from 13 Mulgrave Street, Launceston (with a view to expand to a full home-based model in the future). Under this model, clients will attend the service daily for clinical care and detox support.
- The service in the south operates within a 40km radius of St John’s Park, New Town.
Admission to Detox@Home is via the Alcohol and Drug Service (ADS).
Accessing our service is free, voluntary, and confidential.
Who will support you?
The service consists of a specialised, multidisciplinary, alcohol and other drug (AOD) team.
- Medical Officer
- Clinical Nurse Consultant
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Peer Workers
As a client of the Detox@Home service, we will provide you with:
- supervised withdrawal management support in your home, or with support from a local clinic.
- care planning (in consultation with you and the person you have identified as your support person).
- regular support during the detoxification process, including peer-to-peer discussions and medication management to help manage withdrawal symptoms.
- information regarding diagnosis, treatment, discharge arrangements to you and the person you have identified as your support person.
- post- discharge follow up.
- We protect your privacy while in our care.
- Any discussions between you and your doctor, nurse, peer worker or other health service provider are confidential.
- There are some rare situations where personal information may have to be released. We will explain these to you prior to admission.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why do some people choose to do a Detox@home program?
Being able to stay at home makes detox possible for more people. Some people have kids, work commitments (although we do recommend time off work for the duration of treatment), pets, or can’t easily travel to a detox unit. People also often choose to face challenges in their home environment. It’s all about the person’s needs and goals.
What is Detox@Home Program?
Our program is a community based, medically assisted, alcohol withdrawal service supported by a team of specialist alcohol and other drug (AOD) clinical staff and qualified peer workers with lived experience.
How long does the program last?
The program is 5 days and includes daily monitoring of your health and progress of the detoxification including face to face and over the phone support.
I don't have a support person. Can I still access this program?
No. Detox@Home works closely with family and friends and relies on their support and assistance to administer your care in the home. Inpatient treatment is available if there is no support person available.
I don't have access to safe permanent home. Can I still access this program?
No. Detox@Home requires a safe and supportive environment. Inpatient treatment is available if the home is unsafe.
I don't reside within the 40 kms of Alcohol and Drug Services. What's my other option?
Inpatient treatment is available to clients residing outside of this kilometer range.
Are the detox at home models the same in the North and South of the State?
In the South of the State, the program is operating as a fully 'in-home' model. This means Detox@Home team members will arrive at your home daily to support you through your five-day detox process.
In the North of the State, the program will initially operate as an 'ambulatory' model. This means that you will attend 13 Mulgrave St daily to receive support for your five-day detox process. We plan to extend into a fully in-home model in the future.
What happens if I drink alcohol during my detox?
You will be required to undergo breathalyser testing on every home visit. You must remain abstinent from alcohol for the duration of the treatment. If you have a positive blood alcohol reading immediate cessation of the treatment will occur and the Detox@Home team will reassess if further engagement is suitable.
Will I have after hours support?
Yes. You will be provided with out of hour contact number for Inpatient Withdrawal Unit that is staffed 24/7 by specially trained nurses that will assist you in providing any advice necessary.
What resources will I have access to?
We strongly recommend going through our factsheets that will be made available to you before you start the program. This factsheet includes information and strategies that will further help you with your detox journey or supporting your friend/family.
What ongoing support is available?
Follow up support after detox is required for ongoing recovery. This will be organised as part of your treatment plan and can include ADS community team.
We have a limited range of printable resources available by request. Please use our online form to view and request our current promotional resources.
Other support services
Access Mental Health Service
1800 332 388
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADS) (24 hours, 7 days a week)
1800 250 015
Alcoholics Anonymous (24 hours, 7 days a week)
1300 222 222
Beyond Blue (24 hours, 7 days a week)
1300 246 36
Family Drug Support Australia (24 hours, 7 days a week)
1300 368 186
These services are not emergency services. If you're experiencing a medical emergency, please call Triple Zero (000).