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Drug & Alcohol – The Langton Centre

The Langton Centre offers a range of treatment and support services for people with problems from their alcohol, prescription or illicit drug use and/or for their families and carers. The Langton Centre can be contacted by
Telephone: +61 2 9332 8777 or Facsimile: +61 2 9332 8700


SESLHD Drug and Alcohol (D&A) Services – an overview

Drug & Alcohol Services provide assessment, information and treatment services for people experiencing problems arising from their use of alcohol, pharmaceutical or illicit drugs. Community and hospital based services are provided across SESLHD by multidisciplinary teams of health professionals, consumer workers and support staff. D&A Services are committed to improving the quality of services and care for clients, and are active in teaching, evaluation, research and quality improvement activities.

Services Provided

Inpatient Admissions including Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital

Inpatient hospital admissions are available for patients with severe drug and alcohol problems requiring hospitalization for withdrawal or stabilization of their drug use.  Admissions are coordinated through ED at SSEH or POWH, or through contact with our D&A Intake Service based at The Langton Centre -
Telephone: 02 9332 8777.

Hospital D&A Consultation Liaison Services

Our multidisciplinary team can provide assessment and advice regarding treatment and referral for patients presenting to hospital for other reasons.  Referral to Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital D&A CL Services is through the SSEH Switchboard.
Telephone: 02 9382 7111

Community D&A Services

Outpatient D&A Services are located in clinics at The Langton Centre in Surry Hills, St George Hospital in Kogarah and Caringbah Community Health Centre at Sutherland Hospital. 

Withdrawal Services

Withdrawal services aim to help clients with the early stages of stopping or reducing their alcohol or other drugs use. Both outpatient and inpatient withdrawal services are available, based upon the client’s likely severity of withdrawal, general health, social supports and preferences.

Counselling and Support Services

Outpatient counselling and support services are provided in individual and group programs and work with clients to address their goals.

Medication-assisted Treatment

There are a range of medications that can help people address their D&A use, usually in combination with counselling and support services. This most commonly includes medications to help clients reduce their alcohol use (e.g. naltrexone, disulfiram).

Opioid Treatment Program (OTP)

Provides medication (e.g. methadone, buprenorphine), case management and counselling for people who are dependent upon prescription or illicit opioids. OTP clinics are located at The Langton Centre (Surry Hills) and St George Hospital. Both services work closely with GPs & pharmacists in the community.

Hospital Based Services

People attending SESLHD hospitals who also have D&A related problems can get help through the D&A Consultation Liaison Service and Addiction Medicine Outpatient Department Clinics.

Specialist Programs

D&A Services also provide a number of targeted services for particular client groups:

Chemical Use in Pregnancy Service (CUPS)

CUPS help women with D&A problems and their families before, during and after pregnancy and are linked to perinatal services across the District (Royal Women’s, St. George and Sutherland Hospitals). Postnatal follow- up clinics are also available for babies needing treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome.

Court Diversion Programs

These provide treatment and monitoring for clients involved with the criminal justice system. Programs include MERIT and Adult Drug Court.

Cannabis Clinics

Cannabis Clinics provide specialist assessment and treatment for people whose primary concern is cannabis use.

Pharmaceutical Opioid Clinic

For people with problems from their use of prescription or over-the-counter opioid analgesic medications. The team works closely with local Pain Clinics and community providers (e.g. GPs).

Psychiatric Co-Morbidity Clinics

For people with both mental health and substance use problems. The team works closely with Mental Health providers.

Consumer Participation

There are a number of D&A consumer workers to help clients engage with services and to inform how our services can better meet the needs of consumers.

Multidisciplinary Specialist Workforce

Our services are provided by teams of specialist health professionals, including drug and alcohol workers, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists and doctors.

Research and Evaluation

We are committed to evaluation and research in order to improve the quality of our services and to develop new treatment approaches.  All research is done with SESLHD Human Research Ethics Committee approval and with the principles of informed consent.

How to Access Drug and Alcohol Services

People wishing to access the D&A Services can ‘self-refer’ by telephone, or can be referred by health or welfare providers. A brief history is taken (including client’s details, substance use, and relevant medical, mental health and social circumstances), and an appointment or other referral options is provided.

Contact Details

The Langton Centre (9:00am-5:00pm Monday to Friday)
 591 South Dowling Street, Surry Hills  NSW 2010
 Phone: (02) 9332 8777
 Fax: (02) 9332 8700

St George Hospital Drug & Alcohol Service
No. 2 South Street, Kogarah NSW 2217
Phone: (02) 9113 2944
Fax: (02) 9113 3977

Sutherland Drug & Alcohol Service
Caringbah Community Health Centre
The Sutherland Hospital,
The Kingsway Caringbah NSW 2229
Phone: (02) 9540 7464
Fax: (02) 9540 7097

Drug and alcohol advice after hours (24/7):

For clients:   ADIS 02 9361 8000

For GPs and other health professionals: DASAS 02 9361 8006

Emergency presentations:  refer to local Emergency Department