Residential Recovery Unit

Residential Recovery Unit

The Dublin Simon Community Recovery Unit is focused on providing a supportive, comprehensive service at the early stages of Addiction Recovery. Each individual's journey to and through recovery is a deeply personal process, as well as being related to the individual's community and society.

Our recovery approach to addiction emphasises and supports a person's potential for recovery. Recovery is generally seen as a personal journey rather than a set outcome, and one that may involve developing hope, a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, empowerment, social inclusion, coping skills, and meaning using the modalities of CRA.

Recovery service Vision
Supporting individuals to rebuild their lives through addressing their addictions as a barrier to exiting homelessness

Recovery service Mission
To support people in addressing their addiction issues, through individualised care plans, holistic programme planning and by providing an individualised approach to treatment and group work. We aim to begin the process of bring back balance in to the following 4 core areas.

  • Health: Overcoming or managing ones physical concerns, as well as living in a emotionally healthy way;
  • Home: A stable and safe place to stay that supports recovery;
  • Purpose: Meaningful daily activities such a health and well being, social activities, volunteerism or creative outlets.,
  • Community: Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope and potentially the independence, income and resources to participate in society.

The residential recovery unit has a capacity of 20 beds. It is a low threshold phased programme targeted specifically at people that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The programme is from 3-6 months in duration and broken into 2 phases. Phase 1 Base line recovery and phase 2 imbedding recovery strategies.

Staff: there is one clinical CRA Supervisor, four CRA Therapists, 2 Service operational recovery workers and two Recovery night support workers that ensure the running of the service 24 hours a day who are experts at managing addiction recovery and related behaviours. In addition the unit is staffed by the Recovery and Aftercare Manager, two service operational workers and four full time volunteers. We understand that coming in to begin the recovery process can be a very stressful event for clients and we would like to reassure them that they will be kept safe and supported during the process.

Programme: Clients availing of the service attend daily 1:1 counselling and psychotherapy and group work to discuss issues such as personal matters, addiction history, relapse prevention craving management and health and wellbeing.. The groups are facilitated by the team, who also work with clients on an individual basis to address their needs. The Dublin Simon community Counselling service facilitates the individualised counselling plans.

Referral Criteria:

  • 18 years and over, male or female
  • Registered as homeless with any of the four Dublin local authorities.
  • Clients with a history of homelessness and engaged with homeless services
  • Clients who meet the criteria above and are stable on a low dose of methadone ( max 50ml) and clients stable on low dose prescribed medication.
  • Those at least 10 days free from alcohol.

Referrals are accepted from Homeless Agencies, Central Placement Service and other Addiction Treatment Centres. It is expected the referral agency will have a plan in place for what happens after completion of the three month programme.

How do I apply?
There is a detailed referral form which can be obtained by by calling the Recovery Unit. The office is open 24 hours. Please ensure that the form is completed in full with a signed Referrers letter attached, stating that the client is fit for undertaking the recovery process. There are additional requirement for clients on methadone which are explained in more detail on the referral form. All referral forms to be typed.


Addiction Support & Aftercare

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