In-Home Withdrawal Service

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

We can help.

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 is for people wishing to undergo withdrawal (detox) from low to moderate levels of substance dependence in the comfort of their own home.

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 Support Workers.

  • 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, Adelaide, Burnside, Campbelltown, Charles Sturt, Norwood, Payneham & St Peters, Prospect, Unley, Walkerville or West Torrens;
  • Have a supportive emotional and social home environment and;
  • 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 Support Workers 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 the Self Community 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 three stages; intake and assessment, withdraw and after-care.

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.

During the withdrawal stage, you will be monitored for the first five days (Monday to Friday) by a Nurse and will have access to phone counselling and peer support in order to help you to withdrawal safely.

Following withdrawal, the program staff 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.

Sonder Worker on Phone to Client

Your care team

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 withdrawal (detox).

You’ll be guided through the entire program by a skilled team of Alcohol and Drug Workers, Nurses, and Peer Support Workers, as well as the support of a family member or friend.

Nurse delivering at-home care

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