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Acute Assessment Unit - Addictions

We offer intensive, evidence-based assessment, stabilisation, reduction and detoxification treatment, and medically-supervised prescribing for complex drug or alcohol dependent people, who may present with significant psychological and health problems.

We use brief intervention therapy to care for and treat people who require stabilisation, including pregnant women. We provide a safe environment for people to reduce or complete a medically-assisted withdrawal from harmful substances. Our philosophy is based on motivational enhancement therapy, which uses the harm reduction model and promotes healthy behavioural change towards recovery. Our service is particularly suitable for people who have not made sufficient progress with their local services.

Mode: Inpatient
Average length of inpatient treatment: 3 to 28 days
Key areas: Addiction, alcohol dependence, benzodiazepine dependence, chaotic or complex substance misuse, crisis intervention for dependence, detox, harm minimisation, medically-assisted withdrawal, opiate dependence, stabilisation, stimulant dependence.

Our service is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Details:
Postal Address Maudsley Hospital, Middle House, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ
Locality Camberwell & Dulwich
Telephone 020 3228 4418
Website http://www.national.slam.nhs.uk/services/adult-services/aau/
Age Group Over 18 years
Delivered by South London and Mausley NHS
Referral procedure Referrals are accepted from: Consultant psychiatrists, GP consortia, emergency departments and general hospitals, statutory and non-statutory community drug and alcohol services, healthcare professionals, social services, probation services

Updated: 14/03/2016

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