Substance use can be a confronting and challenging issue. Specialist Drug and Alcohol Services provide non-judgmental support, advice and treatment options for people with complex and severe drug and alcohol issues as well as people affected by others substance use (including parents and children). Drug and alcohol clinicians are based in each of the community mental health drug and alcohol services across the Murrumbidgee.
Opioid Treatment Services
The Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) is for people who are dependent on prescribed or illicit opioids including heroin, morphine and oxycodone. The three primary medications used include Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Buprenorphine and naloxone combination. The service supports individuals to access a range of supports for their drug dependence.
Specialist Addiction Counselling
The Specialist Addiction Counselling service offers brief interventions for a wide range of drug and alcohol problems. The service aims to help you and your family understand and manage the complex issues relating to substance use. An assessment allows us to inform you about available treatment options. The service is for people with varying levels of substance use – it is not restricted to those with substance dependence. Specialist Addiction Counselling is offered at all sites where MHDA teams are located.
Hepatitis C Treatment Services
The word “hepatitis” means liver inflammation, there are a number of hepatitis viruses including A, B & C. They differ in the way they are transmitted and the symptoms they cause and may require different treatments. All forms of hepatitis can affect humans and they all target the liver.
The Hepatitis C Treatment Service provides support, assessment and treatment for chronic hepatitis C, runs programs to increase awareness of hepatitis C and provides information resources. Hepatitis C is a very treatable illness, with new generation medications which are capable of clearing the virus from the body.
Consultation Liaison Services
Drug and alcohol issues are common amongst people presenting at emergency departments. Drug and Alcohol Consultation Liaison services aim to: provide direct access to specialist services for support; provide treatment advice and assistance with the management of drug and alcohol issues; improve the knowledge and expertise of health staff to identify and refer people with substance use issues to appropriate services; and improve outcomes for people who may be experiencing problems with their alcohol and/or drug use. In Murrumbidgee, Drug and Alcohol consultation liaison positions are located at Wagga Wagga and Griffith.
Withdrawal occurs in people who are dependent on alcohol and/or drugs and who stop or considerably reduce their drug use. Medically supported treatment for withdrawal can occur in a variety of settings. It can take place in the consumer’s home, as an outpatient where the person attends a treatment facility but is not required to stay overnight or as an inpatient where the person is admitted to hospital and required to stay in the facility for the duration of their treatment.
Calvary Drug and Alcohol Centre provides a range of withdrawal services in Wagga Wagga for the Murrumbidgee population. The Drug and Alcohol Centre offers inpatient detoxification for alcohol and cannabis and a medium to long term (3-6 months) residential illicit drug rehabilitation program based on a ‘therapeutic community’ model of care.
Treatment under the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Act 2007
The Involuntary Drug and Alcohol Treatment (IDAT) Program is a structured drug and alcohol treatment program that provides medically supervised withdrawal, rehabilitation and supportive interventions for individuals with severe substance dependence.
The NSW Health Drug and Alcohol Treatment Act 2007 provides the legislative basis for the IDAT program. Involuntarily admission requires that the following criteria be met: the person has severe substance dependence; the person does not have the capacity to make decisions about their substance use and personal welfare; care, treatment or control of the person is necessary to protect them from serious harm; the person is likely to benefit from treatment for their substance dependence but has refused treatment; and no other appropriate or less restrictive means for dealing with the person is reasonably available.
MLHD residents who require admission under the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Act are admitted to Bloomfield Hospital, Orange.
Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT)
The MERIT program is a local court based voluntary diversion program for adults with criminal charges and illicit drug use who are motivated to undertake drug treatment and eligible for release on bail. The program runs for three months with sentencing generally coinciding with the completion of the MERIT program. Within the district, the MERIT program operates through the Wagga Wagga Local Court.
Substance Use in Pregnancy and Parenting Consultation (SUPP-C) Service
A specialised support service to assist pregnant or new parents with their substance use. The SUPP-C service and Mental Health Drug and Alcohol clinicians in the district also work alongside the Women’s Wellness & Recovery Program provided by the Calvary Riverina Drug and Alcohol Centre (CRDAC) to support pregnant women and/or women with children under age 5 years who are experiencing difficulties with alcohol and other drug use.