Rural Withdrawal Service

The Rural Withdrawal Service offers assistance to people of any age needing information, support and supervision to withdraw from substance abuse.

At the assessment, options available can be explored and may include withdrawal at home, hospital or in a detox unit. The suitability of other services for detox rehabilitation can also be discussed.

To access this service?

All referrals for Alcohol and other Drug Treatment Services at CHIRP Community Health need to be directed through Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO Connect).

As such, to access the Rural Withdrawal Service at CHIRP Community Health, please firstly contact ACSO Connect. This can be done by calling ACSO Connect on 1300 022 760 or going to the ACSO Connect website (link – When you contact ACSO Connect, you can asked to be sent to CHIRP Community Health.

For more information or assistance in accessing this service, you are more than welcome to phone CHIRP Community Health reception on (03) 5479 1000.

Who is eligible for this service?

The Rural Withdrawal Service is available to anyone wishing to deal with the impact of substance use on their lives and detox from Alcohol and/or other drugs. There are no age restrictions.

A referral to ACSO Connect can be either a self-referral or a referral by a health professional.

What is the cost to this service?

The Rural Withdrawal Service is free.




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