Clinical practice guidelines

Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal Guidelines

alcohol and drug withdrawal guidelines

In June 2018, Turning Point 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.

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Methamphetamine Treatment Guidelines

methamphetamine treatment guidelines front coverTurning Point has released the 2nd edition of the Methamphetamine Treatment Guidelines – a resource developed to support health professionals in the clinical management of methamphetamine use disorder.

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Managing Cognitive Impairment in AOD Treatment Guidelines

Managing Cognitive Impairment In AOD Treatment

Turning Point are pleased to release and share with the AOD sector new guidelines "Managing Cognitive Impairment in AOD Treatment: Practice Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals"
Experiences of cognitive difficulty in individuals seeking treatment for Alcohol and Other Drug use disorders are being increasingly recognised, along with their impact on treatment engagement and outcomes. This places additional demands among clinicians regarding how to best identify and manage cognitive concerns and when to refer on for specialist neuropsychology input. 
These practice guidelines are a comprehensive update to the 2006 edition. They provide both practical, practice-informed and evidence based strategies to assist clinicians working in AOD contexts better understand and manage cognitive impairment. Developed by clinicians, academics and researchers, they are informed by the latest scientific literature and clinical expertise, and include common clinical aetiologies and presentations of impairment. Real world examples and case discussions are provided, along with discussion of complex populations, screening and history taking, management strategies and rehabilitation. 
This publication was funded by the Victorian Department of Health.


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