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In-Home Withdrawal Service

Support for adults and young people wanting to withdraw from low to moderate substance dependence.

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Are you looking for support to withdraw from alcohol and/or other drug dependence?

Making the decision to stop using alcohol and/or other drugs can significantly improve your life.

It can improve physical and mental wellbeing as well as personal relationships, and help you to reconnect with yourself.

Our In-Home Withdrawal Service allows you to withdraw from substances in a confidential, safe and familiar home environment with access to essential support from a skilled care team, ensuring a safe and successful detox.

What do we offer?

  • Withdraw from substance use in your own home

    Within a safe and familiar environment.

  • Guidance through every step

    You will be guided through every step of the withdrawal process, with personalised support.

  • Team-based support

    You will be supported by a skilled team that includes Alcohol and Drug Workers, Nurses, and Peer Practitioners.

  • No cost

    Our in-Home Withdrawal Service is free.

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Accessing this service

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the In-Home Withdrawal Service you must:

  • Have low to moderate levels of substance dependence and complexity;
  • Live in the council areas of Playford, Salisbury, Tea Tree Gully, Port Adelaide Enfield or Charles Sturt;
  • Be aged 12 years or over;
  • Have suitable accomodation for the withdrawal period;
  • Have a support person, over 18 years of age that will be living with you during the withdrawal stage.

Who are the staff?

The In-Home Withdrawal Service staff include Alcohol and Drug Workers, Nurses, and Peer Practitioners with the support of GPs overseeing the care.

How do I access the service?

You can self-refer into the service by calling us on  (08) 8209 0700 or by completing a Referral Form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Information for GPs

To refer a patient to this service, please download the In-Home Withdrawal GP Referral Form, complete and return to us via email or fax.

Due to program restrictions, Sonder clinicians are not able to provide medicolegal reports or assessments.

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The 3-step process

The in-home withdrawal process is divided into four stages; intake and assessment, pre-care, withdraw and after-care.

  1. Intake & assessment – Once we receive your referral, an appointment will be made with a GP who will complete medical tests. Our workers will complete a thorough assessment as well as an in-home risk assessment.

    – Depending on how prepared you are feeling about the withdrawal process, you may enter into a pre-care stage with access to counselling.
  2. Withdrawal – During the withdrawal stage, you will be monitored for the first five days by a Nurse and will have access to phone counselling and peer support in order to help you to withdrawal safely.
  3. After-care – Following withdrawal, our team will support you with after-care. This stage focuses on relapse prevention and goal maintenance. You will be provided with counselling sessions, scheduled GP visits and continued access to peer support.
Nurse delivering at-home care

The In-Home Withdrawal Service is funded by the Federal Government Department of Health and SA Health.