Treatment and support

There are a number of approaches to support people to reduce or stop harmful drug use [23503]. The support they need will depend on what stage they are at when contemplating changing their drug use.

Treatment may include :

  • brief intervention
  • withdrawal management
  • general relapse prevention counselling
  • peer support
  • residential rehabiliation

When people are struggling with housing, employment and other stressful circumstances the best support to give may be practical assistance to liaise with service providers.

There are pharmacotherapies for people using opioids (such as prescription drugs or heroin) including opioid substitution treatment (OST) and naloxone. See also the section on Pharmacotherapies in the Harm Reduction portal for further information on OST.



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