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Detox services

Male nurse takes blood pressure of male patient sitting in bedIf you are addicted to alcohol or other drugs, one of the first steps to recovery is to go through detoxification.

The Salvation Army provides a total of 70 detox beds at centres in Sydney, Brisbane and on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

It’s important to realise that detox is only the first of a number of steps to recovery. The detoxification process will only treat the immediate physical effects of withdrawing from a drug; it will not help you address the psychological, social, and behavioural issues that underlie the problem. For this reason, going through detox alone does not usually produce the lasting changes necessary for recovery. Find out more about our residential treatment program and non-residential support options.

What is detoxification or “detox”?

Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while managing the symptoms of withdrawal. It is often the first step in a drug treatment program and should be followed by more in-depth counselling and behavioural-based therapy.

What is withdrawal?

When you stop your drug use, you will experience a variety of symptoms, depending on the type of drug. These symptoms are described as ‘withdrawal’. In some cases, the symptoms can be severe which is why detoxification under medical supervision is important.

Detox locations

See the Recovery Services Centres contact page for details of our detox units in Surry Hills, Sydney (10 beds for homeless men plus a 31-bed unit), Gold Coast (11 beds) and Brisbane (13 beds).