What are my AOD service options?
Harm reduction services: they provide a range of support to people who use AOD. While all AOD services provide harm reduction as part of their client work (eg new equipment, advice on safer using), a harm reduction service is a specialist service whose core focus is to increase a person’s safety and wellbeing.
Medication assisted treatment: this is clinically supervised replacement of a substance of dependence with a medicine that is administered to reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms and cravings. This includes alcohol and nicotine pharmacotherapy and opioid dependence treatment programs.
Psychosocial interventions: these involve employing a range of evidence informed treatment approaches (eg cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing), integrated with social support and can be delivered in various settings.
Rehabilitation – Residential treatment: this is an intensive treatment program conducted in a residential setting typically offering a mixture of one on one, group work, peer support, and team/community building processes. This includes therapeutic communities which use the ‘community as method’ approach.
Rehabilitation – Day program: this is an intensive treatment program that typically involves a mixture of activities similar to those that would be conducted in a residential treatment setting. Day programs provide an option for people who are unable to attend a live-in residential service (eg due to work or family commitments) but can attend intensive treatment programs in a nonresidential setting.
Withdrawal management: this is the provision of support (that can include medically assisted care) for clients experiencing withdrawal symptoms and can be delivered in a bed based (eg hospital, community residential treatment) or non-bed based (eg outpatient, outreach) setting.