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Ramsay Clinic Gold Coast unveils new dedicated detox program

June 17, 2024

Ramsay Clinic Gold Coast has launched a new detox program to help Gold Coast locals safely undergo alcohol detox and begin their recovery process. The new program is housed in a dedicated, eight-bed, secure, medically supervised alcohol withdrawal inpatient unit.

Patrick Harvey, from The Southport Private Hospital psychology team, said the program was specially designed to allow patients to detox in a safe, supportive environment.

“We’ve specially designed a program that provides continuous medical monitoring, experts to help manage potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms and provides access to immediate medical intervention if required,” Mr Harvey said.

“We know alcohol detoxification looks different for everyone, and that recovery entails more than just physical withdrawal. To meet the varied needs of patients, the new program was designed with flexibility in mind. While some patients may prefer to recover in bed, alone, others will prefer company and to stay active, and we’ve worked hard to accommodate these different needs and preferences.”

Mr Harvey said a mental health clinic like Ramsay Clinic Gold Coast can be an ideal place to undergo detox.

“Alcohol detox can involve severe and potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, delirium tremens and dehydration. We have medical professionals on site who can administer medications to alleviate withdrawal symptoms and minimise complications and intervene immediately in the event of an emergency.

“We also offer a controlled environment to minimise exposure to triggers and temptations that could lead to relapse, providing a safer, stable setting for the detox treatment.”

Mr Harvey said patients can also access other mental health services during their stay if needed.

“Research shows that substance use and mental health concerns often co-occur. Patients can receive support for other mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression during their stay in our alcohol withdrawal inpatient unit. Our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health nurses who are experienced in treating co-occurring mental health and substance-use disorders.”

During the seven-day program, participants receive medical, psychological, nutritional, behavioural and educational support, as well as a tailored treatment plan. The program accepts patients covered by private health insurance as well as self-funded patients.

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