Community Residential Withdrawal Service for Adults

Program Overview

The Windana Drug Withdrawal House
is a 15 bed residential facility located in
St Kilda

The Windana adult withdrawal unit offers
a homelike environment for supported
withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs.

This may include medical and non-
medical withdrawal and pharmaco-
therapy. Length of stay is determined on
the individuals needs.

The program includes:

  • Medical and nursing management
  • Case management & support services
  • Complementary therapies including
    naturopathy, yoga & mindfulness groups
  • Exercise and recreation
  • Individual counselling and group work
    including art therapy, nutrition, relapse
    prevention, harm minimisation and
    stress management

Smoking is currently allowed in restricted
outside areas. Clients are required to
bring swimwear for morning swimming
exercise.

Program Eligibility

  • Individuals 18 years of age or over
  • Willing and able to participate in group
    and individual therapies and recreational
    and domestic activities
  • Willing to abide by the House Rules
    & sign a client contract prior to admission
  • Assessment by an addiction medicine
    practitioner with consideration of:

    • High alcohol or other drug intake on
      day of admission
    • History of withdrawal seizures
    • Risk of harm to self or others
    • Concurrent medical or mental
      health issues
  • On the day of admission the person
    will attend the First Step clinic for
    assessment and treatment planning
    including any required medication
  • Clients are required to bring current
    medications and scripts on the day of
    admission
  • access to external appointments during
    the withdrawal period are limited and
    are assessed on an individual basis

Assessment Process

Upon receipt of a referral the
information will be reviewed by the
Windana Admissions & Care
Coordination Team.

  • A pre-admission appointment will be
    facilitated for the person at the First
    Step clinic to undertake an
    interdisciplinary assessment with an
    addiction medicine practitioner and
    the Windana nurse
  • On the day of admission the person
    will attend the First Step clinic for
    assessment and treatment planning
    including any required medication

Admissions to community
residential withdrawal can only
occur if the medical assessment
has taken place

If the person does no attend or is
not suitable for admission on the
day, all efforts will be made to
re-schedule an appointment and
subsequent admission or facilitate
appropriate referrals

Program & Referral information