Program Overview

The Non Residential Withdrawal Service is a program offering home or clinic based support for people wanting to undertake alcohol or other drug withdrawal while remaining in their own environment.

Windana has non-residential services located in Dandenong, Geelong and the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula region.

The Program Includes:

  • The nurse will work with you to develop an individual treatment plan to help you work out how you will get through your withdrawal and set up strategies to achieve your ongoing goals.
  • This includes identifying a general practitioner who can prescribe withdrawal medications for you, identifying a pharmacy that can dispense the medications for you, and identifying a support person who can be in your home, or come over to support you through the withdrawal.
  • The nurse will look at your diet and nutrition and other lifestyle choices and assist you to make a plan for a healthier lifestyle.
  • The nurse will also want to know that your house, or the place that you chose to undertake the withdrawal, is safe for you and the staff that will be coming around to support you. This means no drugs or drug use by other residents, no weapons or dangerous items, and any pets that might become stressed and protective of you are on a leash or safely secured away when the nurse visits your house. Some people arrange to meet the nurse at the doctor’s clinic or other consulting rooms if you can’t meet these requirements.
  • You also need to be able to get to the pharmacy to pick up your medications as the nurses don’t carry medications on home visits.
  • Most withdrawal treatment episodes last around 7-10 days, and the nurse will refer you to ongoing supports to take over after your treatment episode is completed.

Program Eligibility

You are eligible for this program if you are:

  • over 16 years of age
  • living in, or able to access, a stable residential environment with adequate support from your nominated support person
  • able to travel to your general practitioner clinic and pharmacy for review and medication pick up
  • have no significant medical and/or psychiatric conditions likely to become unstable while in withdrawal
  • predicted to have low to moderate complexity of withdrawal and have no history of complicated withdrawal.

Assessment Process

Referrals can be made through either:

Once the non-residential withdrawal team receives your referral, they will be in touch to start your treatment planning process with you.