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Community Drug and Alcohol Team
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What is the HDT?
The Home Detox Team (HDT) is an inter-agency partnership comprising of the Community Drug and Alcohol Team, West Glamorgan Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Swansea Drugs Project. Our holistic approach aims to provide the forum to empower the client to achieve their full potential.
How do you access the HDT?
The HDT is an adult service which primarily targets 18-70 year olds.
We accept referrals from Statutory agencies such as GP'S, Primary Liaison Nurses, District Nursing Services, Health Visitors, Social Services, Community Mental Health Teams, Accident and Emergency, General and Psychiatric Hospitals etc.
We also accept referrals from non-statutory agencies such as WGCADA, Swansea Drugs Project, Housing Consortiums, Homelessness agencies etc.
We do not accept self referral and we are not a crisis service.
A 12 week Programme encompassing pre-treatment work, detoxification and Relapse Prevention, Providing detoxification from opiates or alcohol.
Pre-treatment lasts for 4 weeks and may involve group work or one-to-one appointments either at the Community Drug and Alcohol Team, WGCADA or SDP. This work focuses on triggers, coping mechanisms, safe detoxifying and other pre-treatment work.
The Chemical detoxification is monitored by the HDT from the CDAT and may last 2-6 weeks.
Relapse Prevention takes place after the detox is complete and focuses on identifying making changes when becoming free of problematic drug use. This may also involve group or individual work, either at the CDAT or WGCADA. This will last for 6 weeks. Prescribing of alcohol anti-craving or opiate blocking drugs are also available as part of the treatment package.
For opiate users without carer support, supervised consumption in a pharmacy is available.
Support networks for GP's.
Who works for the HDT?
The HDT is a multi-disciplinary inter-agency team comprised of statutory and non-statutory agencies.
We are a secondary care service for substance misusers who require specialist interventions/encompassing their medical/psychological and social needs.
The team comprises of a doctor, 3 nurses and a health care support worker at the CDAT.
Due to the work which is undertaken by the CDAT which is highly personal, there are strict guidelines to ensure that your confidentiality is maintained. These guidelines will be discussed fully with you at the onset of your assessment in line with Swansea NHS Trust Policies.
What can you do?
We do not want you to stop taking all of your drugs before your appointment as this could be very dangerous. We sould however request that you minimise the amount of drugs and/or alcohol that you take before your appointment. We would ask that you take just enough to avoid feeling unwell because of withdrawal symptoms.
If you are intoxicated when you attend for assessment, you will be asked to leave and given a futher appointment. This will cause a delay to your assessment and your future treatment will be delayed.
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