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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 (2-3 weeks)

  • 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

  • Access to multiple peer-supported 'SMART Recovery' meetings each week, facilitated by our trained team

  • 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 $3,750.

 

We offer payment plans to assist our clients with affordability - our monthly payments typically cost less than clients were previously spending on alcohol. 

BUPA Insured Clients

All Bupa Gold members Australia wide can access our program free of charge.

Publicly Funded Clients

We currently have funded placements available for those who cannot afford the service privately for residents of the following Primary Health Networks: Sydney North Health Network; Western Queensland; and Western New South Wales.

This program is supported by funding from these PHNs 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*. 

*Mandatory reporting to professional bodies may legally apply if your occupation carries the possible risk of harm to the public, if your duties are performed while intoxicated. This will only be done following discussion with you, and where you are unable, or unwilling to complete the report yourself.

Read our Privacy Policy here

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

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Once you’ve completed the suitability test, you will receive an email directing you to schedule a call with our team.

 

We don’t advise anyone to change their drinking habits until they've spoken with our team. 

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 ongoing care and management, depending on your individual circumstances.

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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For complaints or feedback please fill out our feedback form here. For other enquiries reach out to support@cleanslateclinic.com

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