The service works with the community and service users to develop, promote and provide effective substance misuse services for people over the age of 18 years.
The service offers a confidential and non-judgemental approach to people who are experiencing difficulties associated with the effects of alcohol, other drugs or solvents, working to minimise the incidence and effects of alcohol, other drugs or solvents, with a focus on social inclusion, to the client and the community as a whole.
The service provides the following models of practice: Client centred approach, Motivational interviewing, Group work, Referral to structured day services, Referral to counselling services, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Substitute prescribing, Community detox, Referral for residential detox/rehabilitation, Acupuncture, Advice and information, Joint working with other agencies.
Patients who are stable on Methadone, Subutex or Suboxone can have their ongoing care transferred back to their own GP with support from a primary care liaison nurse.
Drug and alcohol service clients who are stable on Methadone, Subutex or Suboxone who are interested in this scheme should discuss it initially with their key worker who will refer to the primary care liaison nurse in their community clinic.
Patients can also talk to their GP about this scheme. Access to this service is via Tier 3, e.g. Block C.
Once on the list clients may be able to arrange appointments in their own home if appropriate or in local satellite clinics.
The service is available to provide treatment to anyone over the age of 18 who needs help to stop or reduce harm associated with their alcohol, drug or solvent use and have any of the following features:
User who reports or shows signs of mental health problems associated with their alcohol, drug or solvent use
User who reports or shows signs of physical health problems associated with their alcohol, drug or solvent use
User whose physical or mental health would be compromised by a change in their alcohol, drug or solvent use without appropriate clinical or medical intervention
Users who are in crisis and may be difficult to engage or to recognise their problem and those vulnerable due to risk of eviction, deterioration of life skills or neglect
Anyone who is currently being prescribed medication for his or her addiction problem by another prescribing service
The service accepts referrals (part A of Comprehensive Assessment Tool) from Tier 2 services. Any other referrals received from Tier 1 services (such as primary care, social services, physical care wards, adult mental health) will be redirected to the Tier 2 service e.g. Cranstoun (these services are not provided by Solent NHS Trust).