Detox is the first stage of the addiction treatment process and the detox process is different between public and private rehab.
In Brisbane, all Queensland Health public rehabilitation centres will not admit patients before they undergo and complete detox.
If you don’t have private health insurance, and you wish to undergo public treatment, detox services are available through Queensland Health’s Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service (HADS).
Unfortunately HADS usually only has limited beds available and there is often a waiting list to enter this service. The other issue is that on completing the detox if there is no availability in a public rehab centre there is a high risk of relapse while you wait for availability in a public rehab centre.
Private rehabs generally provide in-house detox, with their own GPs, counsellors, therapists and support staff. Upon completion of the detox, clients enter the rehab and start the rehabilitation treatment immediately.
Medical and psychological monitoring around the clock, readily available support staff and, if necessary, use of medication to ease the early stages of withdrawal are part of any effective detox plan.
It is important ask your chosen Brisbane drug rehab about their detox approach.