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Plymouth Specialist Addiction Service


Hosted by Harbour Drug and Alcohol Service.

Plymouth Specialist Addiction Service (PSAS) evolved from the integration of the primary and secondary care addiction services in 2010.

PSAS is a small team of medical and non-medical prescribers offering specialist prescribing to cover complex clients and patients whose GP is outside the LES GP scheme for drug misuse.

Governance and training is available and PSAS has close links with the Complex Needs Team and all Harbour teams.


Drug and Alcohol Detoxification

The Livewell Southwest detoxification team work in partnership with the Drug and Alcohol Service, Harbour. Harbour is here to help anyone, including family and friends, affected by the misuse of drugs and alcohol by providing information, education, assessment and care co-ordination. We work from a therapeutic, person-centred and recovery focused model with the aim of enabling clients to be as independent in the community as possible. The service respects patients’ confidentiality but will liaise with your registered GP regarding your treatment.

We manage community based treatment service and work together with other services, voluntary, private and public, to see that every available option to address individual needs is explored. We are able to take referrals from professionals, family members of self-referrals. This could be by letter, telephone or by calling in to our office. To access the detoxification team patients need to be open to Harbour as part of a structured treatment episode. We would not be able to take direct referrals to the detoxification team.

The detoxification team of nurses are able to offer assessment, phlebotomy, management and treatment including medically assisted community detoxification of adults with substance misuse (drug and alcohol). In-house prescribing for both opiate and alcohol detoxification along with any adjunct medication that may be indicated are also available.

Within the detoxification team we are able to offer structure advice on alternative coping mechanisms, relapse prevention, sleep hygiene and the importance of healthy eating for a patient using substances.

The Plymouth Alliance

The Alliance was awarded a single contract by Plymouth City Council for the provision of support for people who have needs in relation to homelessness and may also have support needs around substance misuse, mental health, offending and risk of exploitation.

There are 7 members of the Alliance:  BCHAHamoazeHarbourLivewell SouthwestPathShekinah and The Zone.

The aim of The Plymouth Alliance is to coordinate a complex needs system which will enable people to be supported flexibly, receiving the right care, at the right time in the right place.


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Posted on

16th April 2018

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