Withdrawal Management of Alcohol and Other Drugs - Part 1

43m of CPD
Geoffrey Ahern
05 May 2017

(Part 1) Most failed withdrawals are simply because the symptoms become too much for the person to cope with. This is a time where proper treatment and support is critical to helping someone overcome their addiction. This presentation will explain the different types of withdrawal symptoms commonly experienced and what you can do as a nurse to help your client or patient through them.


Geoffrey Ahern


Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively in educating other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems and also substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment, and wonderment.


Penelope Sullivan 04 May 2018
Great presentation

Jenna He04 May 2018
Very informative

Jacqueline Henshaw24 Apr 2018
interesting, and to the point, will be able to take this to my everyday practice

Dan O'Rourke16 Mar 2018
Wonderful presenter with a great depth of knowledge and compassion for AOD clients. This is the benchmark.

Megan Taylor27 Jan 2018
Knowledgable presenter with a wealth of knowledge. I had expected more on the management strategies / pharmacological treatment of withdrawal.

Norest Mashonganyika24 Dec 2017
well presented

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