The Network Drug and Alcohol stream delivers specialised clinical services across NSW in police cells, reception centres, correctional centres, specialist Drug and Alcohol rehabilitation programs, Long Bay Prison Hospital, and in the early weeks following release from custody.

Drug and Alcohol services

All services are based on a medical model of intervention, and include;

  • Assessment and management of intoxication and / or overdose states
  • Assessment and management of withdrawal from drugs and/ or alcohol
  • Assessment for and ongoing management of patients on Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) programs such as Methadone / Buprenorphine or Suboxone
  • Multidisciplinary management of patient’s health issues related to their drug / alcohol use in consultation with other specialist services where appropriate
  • Specialist drug and alcohol programs including the Drug Court Program and the Compulsory Drug Treatment Program
  • Management of high risk pregnancies through the Substance Use in Pregnancy program to optimize maternal and neonatal health
  • Management of patients with chronic pain in consultation with Primary Care Services, who have comorbid addiction issues
  • Post release support through the Connections Program and OST Release Planning services to ensure continuity of care post release
  • Referral to Corrective Services NSW Alcohol and Other Drugs Programs for case management support
  • Specialist drug and alcohol education programs for generalist nurses and doctors.