Drug & Alcohol Services

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About

Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital is pleased to offer a new in-patient Drug and Alcohol Detox and Rehabilitation Treatment Service.  Our programs are led and delivered by experienced consultant psychiatrists Dr Rajinarayan Mahasuar and Dr Scott Hall. Our multidisciplinary team focus on intensive assessment and treatment through a variety of evidence based interventions whilst providing individualised, holistic care tailored to the unique needs of each patient.  We aim to integrate education, peer support and cutting edge treatments to help patients and their families reclaim their lives from the hold of addiction.

We understand that each patient’s relationship with drugs and alcohol is different. We work closely with those already involved in our patients care including general practitioners, physicians and families.

Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital is located just 20 kms from the Melbourne CBD. It is a new, purpose built, state of the art facility. All rooms are single occupancy with ensuite, television and other amenities.

We deliver a 28 day in-patient, abstinence-focused Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program.  Patients are admitted under the care of consultant psychiatrists working collaboratively with a specialist multidisciplinary team consisting of nursing, allied health staff, psychologists and medical doctors.

We also offer a 10 week (half day per week) out-patient program delivered by experienced therapists in  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The outpatient program is recommended for all motivated patients following discharge from the intensive in-patient program.

 

Key features of our service include –

 

The Approach

We offer a secure, comfortable and non-judgemental environment and strive to provide a positive experience for patients from pre-admission to discharge. All staff are trained in motivational interviewing to assist in exploring and strengthening our patients motivation and commitment to change.

The inpatient unit insists on abstinence throughout the program. However, we have a realistic approach to ongoing treatment. We make the assumption that our patients are always trying their best to change their behavior.

We start with a very detailed assessment carried out by our consultant psychiatrists in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. See Assessment


 

What to expect at Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital

A Private Hospital environment

The benefits of a Private Hospital include individual and tailored care for your specialised needs in the context of your recovery from addiction a day at a time. As a Private Hospital, Private Health Insurance will cover the majority of our patients fees. Excess and gap costs may be applicable and will vary depending on the level of cover. Our staff will provide information on any applicable fees prior to admission. We have contracts with most funds and claim directly from them.

The admission process is simple either by your GP or consultant referral.

For more information or to book an assessment time please call 03 9731 6646

 

Assessment

Before any person is admitted to the Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program, they will undergo a pre-admission assessment by a member of our team. This is a face to face interview and takes about an hour. Our assessment staff will discuss your history, and brief you on all aspects of the program so you can make an informed decision as to whether the program is suitable for your needs.

During the psychiatric assessment, our psychiatrists aim to understand five fundamental questions

(a) Why has this patients’ substance use disorder developed in the first place?
(b) Does the patient suffer from other psychological conditions as well as a substance use disorder?
(c) Why it has taken this particular course over the lifetime?
(d) What are possible reasons for why the patient has not recovered thus far?
(e) Why has the patient has presented to us now?

We take a holistic approach to assessment process exploring developmental history, trauma and co-occuring psychological and physical conditions.

Once we have established a blueprint (or “formulation”) based on the questions above, the multidisciplinary team can set about providing treatment tailored to the individual patient.

The blueprint and treatment is constantly updated throughout the program in collaboration with the patient at weekly planning meetings. Not only do we aim to provide appropriate medication, psychological and skills based therapies but also to provide the patient with a robust ongoing management plan and self understanding for the tenuous period following discharge.

Treating addictions is complicated and we therefore use an integrative therapeutic approach incorporating a variety of evidence based models including:

We seek to achieve prompt and timely admission because we realise that you and your families often share a great sense of urgency when the opportunity for treatment presents itself.

For more information or to book an assessment time please call 03 9731 6646

 

While in Hospital

The Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program attempts to replicate a normal living environment within the hospital.  There are communal lounge areas, dining areas, therapy rooms and outdoor areas.

 

What to bring during your stay?

What not to bring.


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The 28 Day Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program

Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital offers a brand new facility and modern features during your stay. Patients are admitted into the intensive 28 day inpatient Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation Recovery Treatment Program.

The inpatient program encompasses elements of assessment, detoxification and pharmacotherapy, rehabilitation and preparation for discharge. Participants need to be a minimum age of 18 years of age to be accepted into the program.

 

The Withdrawal and pharmacotherapy phase (detox)

Detox is different for each patient depending upon their medical and psychological needs as well as the types of substances used. The process can last for up to 7 days (occasionally longer).

Withdrawal symptoms can be intolerable when patients attempt “cold turkey at home”. At Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital we operate evidence based protocols for intensive monitoring and treatment to ensure that these symptoms are effectively treated with both medication and alternative methods. Our approach minimises the possibility of serious medical complications, suffering and the early relapse that is so common when people attempt withdrawal without professional support.

Pharmacotherapy involves the use of longer term prescribed medication to assist many of the symptoms associated with substance use disorders. Many treatments have good evidence for assisting motivated patients to maintain abstinence from alcohol, nicotine and opioids (both illicit and prescription). Pharmacotherapy can be safely initiated in appropriate patients under the supervision of our specialist psychiatrists.

 

The Rehabilitation phase

Our therapeutic program has been carefully designed by our dedicated multidisciplinary team. The rehabilitation phase runs for three consecutive weeks and is structured around regular consultant psychiatrist and multidisciplinary reviews.

Groups are designed to be skills focused/structured, discussion based, creative and educational. 100% attendance at the group program and 1:1 reviews is essential for all patients.

Patients will collaboratively establish goals for the three week program and utilise the skills, self understanding and peer support from group therapies. This process will be consolidated in 1:1 time with specially trained nursing staff and psychiatrists.

Our psychiatrists will continue to provide assessment and treatment based on the five fundamental questions described in the assessment section.

Weekly meetings with the multidisciplinary team will explore barriers to achieving goals and to facilitate problem solving.

Family involvement and discharge planning are facilitated to help smooth the  transition to life outside the hospital environment.

Psychological interventions include Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) ACT and DBT.

 

Our Team

Our team is carefully selected for their skills, knowledge, attitude and experience.

A stringent credentialing process is undertaken for each member of clinical staff and registration is checked annually.

Admitting doctors are on call twenty four hours and can be contacted by the nursing staff if required. The Medical Directors are available at all times for guidance and support. Arrangements are in place with the nearby Werribee Mercy Public hospital who will accept our patients in the event of an emergency or clinical deterioration requiring transfer.


 

Discharge planning, Day Program and Aftercare Program

The treating team will collaborate with the person during their stay to prepare a plan for discharge and beyond. This discharge plan may include:

 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Alcohol and Drugs.

The Wisdom to Know the Difference

This is an evidence based intervention, designed by Kelly Wilson and Steve Hayes, and adapted for Wyndham Clinic Private Hospital delivery by our ACT AOD therapists Shelle Fenton and Brittney Carey.

This is a post withdrawal, abstinence/harm reduction model.  A half day – once a week (for 10 consecutive weeks) program commencing April 2015.  Participants must be abstinent and post withdrawal to be accepted.  The program is aimed for those clients who have perhaps completed withdrawal in the protected environment of the detox unit, or mental health inpatient stay, who are now entering the high risk of relapse in the first 16 week period of abstinence.

If you wish to make inquiries regarding any programs or referrals please contact our therapy team on 03 8391 9329.

 

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