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What is community detox?

Community detox is a supported, structured outpatient detoxification process from benzodiazepines or methadone. Outpatient means that people can undertake a supported detox while they remain in the community, instead of going to hospital. The process is outlined in the Community Detoxification Protocols.

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.

Getting started

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?


If you, or someone you know, is interested in community detox, contact your local service or the community detoxification national representative for further details. In addition, you can watch the Ana Liffey Community Detox Information Video for further information.

More information

For more information contact Nicki Killeen the Community Detoxification National Representative.

Phone: 01 9603010

Mobile: 086 1091683



Community Detoxification Protocols: Benzodiazepines

Community Detoxification Protocols: Methadone

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