Withdrawal Management

Withdrawal Management Services (WMS) provide assistance with voluntary withdrawal from alcohol and/or other drugs to clients who are under the influence of these substances and/or in withdrawal or otherwise in crisis directly related to these substances. These services assist the client to make healthy changes, develop continuing care plans, and facilitate referral to formal and informal care.

WMS can include a range of services such as a residential facility, day programs, in-home services offered in community, counseling, self-help groups, information about options for treatment and reducing harm, and emotional and educational support. It can provide linkages with other systems such as housing, income
support and social services. WMS offers a supportive environment, a voluntary entry point for treatment, relapse prevention, alternatives, and harm reduction education.

Sarnia/Lambton Withdrawal Management Services

The Withdrawal Management Program (WMP) helps people in Sarnia-Lambton who struggle with substance use, including drugs, alcohol, and/or prescription medication. The program supports a harm reduction approach to drug and alcohol addiction, and provides a safe and supportive environment to help people break the cycle of addiction.
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In the Sarnia/Lambton community, it has been identified that there is a significant local need for the program and the service currently offered is having a positive impact. In a matter of just 10 months from the programs inception in 2014, over 250 clients have received help. In late 2014/15, the Erie St. Clair LHIN made an investment that is helping to further planning efforts.

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Why Is Withdrawal Management Important?

The development of best practices and innovative withdrawal management services will facilitate access to appropriate support and services for more people with substance abuse issues, increase capacity in the continuum of care of Addictions and Mental Health, and enrich the skills and knowledge of professionals working in this sector.