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Providing the evidence base to reduce harmful AOD use in
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
The Aboriginal withdrawal unit is a service provided by the West Australian Drug and Alcohol Office as part of Next step inpatient clinical services.
The four-bed residential unit provides medically supervised withdrawal from alcohol, opioids, amphetamines and other drugs for Aboriginal people in a culturally secure environment. Aboriginal people are treated with respect, empathy and understanding.
The unit is staffed by doctors, nurses, Aboriginal alcohol and other drug workers and other support professionals. The client may choose to have a designated support person stay with them or visit on a daily basis.
During the withdrawal process, clients are encouraged to look at the impact drug use has on themselves, their family and other key areas of their life. Clients are also taught strategies to prevent relapse after they have left the unit.
Abstract adapted from West Australian Drug and Alcohol Office
Aboriginal Withdrawal Unit
32 Moore Street
East Perth WA 6004
PO Box 126
Mt Lawley WA 6929
Ph: (08) 9219 1919
Fax : (08) 9219 1885
This brochure outlines services available through the Aboriginal withdrawal unit; a culturally secure, residential program which supports the client to address the impact alcohol and other drug use has had on their life. Information is provided on the facilities, support services, referral processes and contact details for the program.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract