Gorman House is a 20-bed, non-medical residential detoxification unit whose primary function is to provide a safe and supportive environment for people who are withdrawing from alcohol, heroin (and other short acting opioids), amphetamine/methamphetamine and cocaine. Read more
The short-term detoxification program is provided free of charge (length of stay is generally 5 days). Male and female dormitory style accommodation is provided.
- The staff at Gorman House are experienced in monitoring people’s withdrawal states and are able to refer residents to medical or mental health care if this becomes necessary.
- Staff give objective information to residents in regard to the nature, course and severity of withdrawal and offer assistance and advice to help residents understand and manage their withdrawal.
- Staff provide reassurance by talking with residents about their fears and concerns and by offering positive encouragement.
- The environment at Gorman House is quiet and homely to help minimize stress and there are a variety of coping skills that staff encourage residents to use.
- Relaxation techniques are taught both individually and in a group format to manage anxiety, stress and sleep disturbance. Tips to improve sleep are given.
- Residents are encouraged to discuss their cravings with staff who will suggest methods to mange or “control” them. Craving control groups are also offered.
- A spa is available to help relieve some of the physical symptoms of withdrawal such as muscular aches and pains.
- Relapse prevention groups are offered to all residents.
- Attending groups is not compulsory and staff are available to talk with residents about these issues on an individual basis.
- Staff also provide assistance so that residents can work towards and achieve their individual plans and goals. Many residents find that, apart from the support they receive from staff, they also benefit from the support and encouragement of the other residents who are going through a similar experience.
An initial assessment is taken over the telephone or in person. When there is a bed available a more comprehensive assessment is done upon presentation at an agreed time.
We open and are available for admissions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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