The SIAS team can offer a community, socially assisted or hospital detoxification from drugs and/or alcohol.
A detox is a medical intervention lasting an average of 7-9 days, during which time you are given a reducing regime of medication to help you to become drug or alcohol free. Following your referral you will have an initial one-to-one assessment with a nurse to assess your suitability for detox treatment, and if so which type of detox best suits your needs. You may be asked to attend a planning and preparation group pre-detox in order to encourage motivation to change, explore the detox process and offer support. There are three types of detoxification services on offer.
1. Home Detoxification
For those who are assessed as suitable a home detox usually takes 9 days to complete with support from a nurse (within working hours), with support from the GP out of hours.
2. Socially assisted Detox
Some people are suitable physically and mentally to undergo a detox at home, but do not have a suitable friend or family member available to support them. In this instance a socially assisted detox can be arranged where they will attend structured day care services at SIAS, with a provision for overnight accommodation (Known as Clarity House) available in some instances.
3. Inpatient Detox
Some people might after being assessed be seen as requiring an inpatient detox due to multiple or severe physical/mental health issues) If the need for a hospital bed is identified then they will be referred to our current inpatient facility for admission to be arranged. This usually consists of a seven day stay.