Inpatient Withdrawal Unit

Provides up to 7 days of medicated residential inpatient support for people experiencing withdrawal from AOD.

Building 7, The Canberra Hospital, Palmer St, Garran , Canberra ACT 2605 Australia

Operating hours

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wait time

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After hours support



The Inpatient Withdrawal Unit program provides up to 7 days of medicated inpatient support for people experiencing withdrawal from AOD. Therapeutic support, referrals, follow-up specialist services and a psychosocial group program is provided including relapse prevention groups. Recovery planning is supported, and a 2 week follow up phone call is made after discharge. Social Work support is available during the admission as well as support from a Nicotine Replacement Therapy Clinician. Therapeutic groups are held daily as well as supervised therapeutic walks. Attendance at AA/NA meetings are encouraged.

Age range eligibility

18-25 year old
26 +


No referral required (i.e., can self-refer)
Referral from GP

Medication/Intoxication exclusions

Details on other medication/intoxication exclusions: Can access when intoxicated; however a medical assessment is required prior to admission if high level of intoxication

Other exclusions


Use of drug testing

Drug testing is conducted as part of treatment

Treatment type

Withdrawal management (detoxification)

Treatment duration

The average program duration is 1 weeks

Treatment goal

Reduce ATOD use
Gain control over drug use
Behaviour change
Harm reduction

Delivery mode

Phone support available
Face to face support available
Initial assessment: Initial assessment is required

Public transport support available


ACT and NSW residents

Accepts ACT residents
Accepts NSW residents

Cultural, diversity and vulnerable group capabilities

Culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Disability access

Accessible toilets
Accessible doorways

Phones permitted


Smoking permitted


Smoking cessation support available

NRT provided
Other smoking cessation support provided


No fees

Additional program services or support

Hepatitis screening/treatment/vaccinations available
STI screening/treatment/vaccinations available
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