Last year drugs.ie produced a video feature aimed at people concerned about their own use of Benzodiazepines, or Benzodiazepine use of a friend or family member. This feature is entitled Benzodiazapines: Signs and symptoms of problematic use, and treatment options available. The video is presented by Dr. Brion Sweeney, Consultant Psychiatrist in Substance Use.
To follow on from this, we have produced a new video feature, focusing on another initiative Dr Sweeney is involved with; as a member of the initiative’s steering group - this is the Community Detox Initiative.
What is community detox?
Community Detoxification supports service users to reduce or stop their use of opioids or benzodiazepines through an organized process involving key workers and prescribing doctors within their community. It can be accessed as an alternative option to in-patient residential detoxification, or as a necessary step toward meeting entry requirements for residential treatment. The initiative is overseen by an expert steering committee who are leaders in addiction services from medical, community/voluntary and research fields.
Who is it for?
It is for people who are taking prescribed or illicitly sourced benzodiazepines or people who are prescribed methadone and want support to reduce/cease their use of these substances, but can’t or don’t want to go into a residential detox. It’s also for people who want to go into residential treatment and need to reduce down their use to meet entry criteria.
First, the person needs to have a supportive key worker and doctor in place to help them through the process. If an individual needs help sourcing a key worker or doctor, the community detoxification national representative can help locate one in their area.
What is a key worker?
A key worker works with people who would benefit from support in managing life issues, including changes to substance use (prescription drugs, illegal drugs and alcohol). They can be employed in specialist projects or in mainstream health services.
What is involved in a Community Detox?
- Initial clinical assessment by a doctor to ensure the person is suitable for community based detoxification
- Weekly one-to-one sessions with a key worker. These sessions involve relapse prevention and care plans
- Regular meetings with the doctor, to ensure the detox is suitable and working.
If you, or someone you know, is interested in community detox, contact your local service or the community detoxification national representative for further details.
For more information contact Nicki Killeen the Community Detoxification National Representative.
Phone: 01 9603010
Mobile: 086 1091683