31 August 2020.

This review on management of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs aimed to identify: the most effective practices; which withdrawal strategies are most effective in improving treatment outcomes for special population groups; and the differential effects of withdrawal management approaches by setting. The review identified the importance of a ‘package of care’ which includes psychosocial, physical and pharmacological interventions, and these should be incorporated into all withdrawal services. The challenge is to ensure that effective services are available, patient-centred, evidence-based and efficient. The review suggests that a re- examination of the NSW approach is needed with more emphasis on ambulatory withdrawal services. The review also highlights a need for more research into interventions for special populations including older people.

Citation: Lintzeris N, Sunjic S, Demirkol A, Branezac M, Ezard N, et al. Management of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs: an Evidence Check rapid review brokered by the Sax Institute for the NSW Ministry of Health, 2019.

Date of completion: September 2018