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Maybe you are thinking about stopping completely, having a break or simply cutting down your alcohol or drug use. If you have decided to make changes, chances are, that you have some concerns about the amount you use and the long-term health implications. You may be finding that your use is having a negative effect on your relationships, your health, or your work, and it may have even got you into trouble with the law.

We can help you when it comes to cutting back or stopping, the key is to start small.

A withdrawal nurse can help you to:

  • identify strategies for dealing with the cravings
  • understand triggers and high-risk situations
  • understand alcohol or drug dependence
  • get into detox and rehabilitation programs
  • understand lapse and relapse
  • liaise with your GP if required.

We also provide the following:

  • A range of withdrawal services including outpatient and home-based
  • Support to access residential withdrawal
  • Medical, emotional and pharmacological support

Withdrawal options can include outpatient, home-based, residential (detox) or hospital-based and the withdrawal nurse will work with you to develop a plan that is safe and suitable for you depending on a range of factors.


This is a free and confidential service available to people of any age who live, work, study or spend the majority of their time in the Hume region in Victoria.

Withdrawal Nurses are based at Gateway Health in Wangaratta and Wodonga.

For intake, assessment and referral into the Drug Withdrawal Program please contact the Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) Consumer Intake Assessment Line on 1300 022 760 Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

You do not need a Health Care or Medicare card to access the service.

Last Update: August 20th, 2021