Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Withdrawal Guidelines

Turning Point has released the 3rd edition of the Alcohol and Other Drug Withdrawal Guidelines – a resource developed to support clinicians in the delivery of evidence-based withdrawal care. 

Since the previous version was published in 2012, there have been substantial shifts in drug use patterns (more prescription opioids, novel psychoactive drugs), the emergence of some new pharmacotherapy approaches, a new diagnostic and classification system for substance use disorders and advanced thinking in how we tailor treatment for special populations. 

These changes necessitated a revision and update of the widely used withdrawal guidelines and reflect the latest scientific evidence and clinical practice in withdrawal management.

This publication was funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.