I cannot believe that funding for two vital Alcohol Recovery services, that are working, is being cut. We all know the extent of harm through addiction in this country. The video below shows what the Minister had to say and my response.
Here is the list of services these programmes provide:
– They are vital in helping people abstain from alcohol.
– They offer couples therapy and family therapy.
– They offer 12 weeks of psycho-educational sessions.
– They look at the health and psychological effects of alcohol misuse.
– They also look at the triggers for relapse during that period.
– If there are issues of institutional, domestic or sexual abuse social workers may be involved.
– They do a lot of work on re-establishing the client within the family.
– They provide support and training for organisations who work with the homeless like the Simon Community.
– They work on employment and education and also support people as challenges arise.
– They offer individual and group counselling.
– The people waiting to access the services are supported through motivational interviewing and client-centred counselling.
– They run a weekly walk-in clinic in Beaumont Hospital in conjunction with liaison psychiatry there.
– They provide training on alcohol misuse to Dublin City Council’s social work team to use with council tenants who have tenancy issues relating to alcohol misuse.
– They were involved in the Strengthening Families programme for parenting in 2014.
The two programmes are trying to address the escalating tide of alcohol-related physical and mental harm.
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