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FAQs

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What is the Clean Slate Clinic?

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Evidenced-based detox support service for Australians looking to detox from home. 

Can I detox from alcohol at home?

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Most people can safely be detoxed at home, but you would need an assessment with a nurse to ensure it is safe for you.

How does it work?

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Preparation (2 weeks minimum)

  • one of our nurses will assess your suitability with you

  • You’ll have access to our online resources to support you through the detox

  • Finding your support person and local GP

  • We will do some basic tests, including a blood test

  • We will build a vitamin regime with you

  • You’ll talk to our Clean Slate GP managing your detox

 

Detox (1 week)

  • You’ll have a daily video call with one of our nurses 

  • You’ll have a daily medication regime to relieve withdrawal symptoms and cravings

  • Daily breathalyzer and withdrawal screening 

 

Aftercare (12 months)

  • Post detox review with the Clean Slate GP and your allocated nurse 

  • Nurse review weekly for 3-4 weeks then at month 3, 6 and 12. 

  • You’ll have access to prescribed anti-craving medication if suitable

  • Signposting and referral to other support services

  • You’ll have an individual care plan

How much does it cost?

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The complete care package, including assessment, detox, 12-month follow-up, breathalyser, vitamins and medication is $2,999.

 

We are currently able to provide funded places for public patients from the PHN region of South Eastern New South Wales as part of a funded Proof of Concept for public patients. 

This program is supported by funding from Central and Eastern Sydney PHN, COORDINARE - South Eastern NSW PHN and Sydney North Health Network, through the Australian Government's PHN Program.

Will my information be kept confidential?

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Yes. Clean Slate Clinic is a strictly confidential service. Our clients privacy is our highest priority. Your data will not be shared unless a) we have your consent or b) we are legally required to do so. 

Read our Privacy Policy here

What can I do whilst I'm waiting for my first appointment?

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We will contact you within three business days of you taking the suitability test and the nurse will provide advice that is specific to your circumstances. 

 

We don’t advise anyone to change their drinking habits until talking to our nurse. 

Can I still go to work during my detox?

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This may be possible, depending on your individual circumstances. You should discuss this with the nurse in your initial assessment. 

Do I need to tell anyone I'm going through a detox?

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To undergo the Clean Slate Clinic you will need a close friend or family member to support you through your detox and to inform your local GP you are going through the program. Beyond that you are not required to inform your employer or anyone else. 

Do I have to tell my GP?

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You will need a local GP to support you in the delivery of your personalised care planning, as per your circumstance. 

Can you prescribe anti-craving medications like naltrexone (revia), acamprosate (campral) or disulfiram (antabuse)?

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Yes. These will be considered as part of your personalised care plan. 

How can I make an enquiry or complaint about the Clean Slate Program?

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