New Detox@Home program to provide support and recovery in the community
The Tasmanian Government’s reform of alcohol and other drug services has reached a significant milestone with a trial of a new Detox@Home program to be launched in the State’s north and south.
Detox@Home provides alcohol detoxification services and recovery support to people in the privacy of their home or suitable residence – such as a residential rehabilitation space – as a substitute for in-hospital care.
Following a soft launch in the south earlier this year, a full in-reach service will now commence for eligible people requiring alcohol withdrawal support in the Hobart area.
Under this model, clients experience a supported detox involving a daily home visit to receive medication and specialist assessment, followed by a virtual appointment and optional peer support later in the day.
Alongside this model, a hybrid clinic/in-home detox model will be launched in Launceston.
The northern model will initially require clients and their nominated support person to attend the Tasmanian Government’s Alcohol and Drug Service daily for clinical care.
This model will be monitored and rolled out as a full in-reach service, mirroring that in the south, in the near future.
More than $1.3 million has been committed to support the trial until June 2024, at which point outcomes will be evaluated.
The program has been developed through comprehensive consultation with lived experience advocates and family and friend representatives.