Residential Recovery Unit

Residential Recovery unit

The Dublin Simon Community Recovery Unit is part of a specialised regional Supported Temporary Accommodation and is focused on providing a supportive, comprehensive programme at the early stages of Addiction Recovery.

The 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 of The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), we support individuals to address their addictions as a barrier to exiting homelessness.

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

The Unit: The residential recovery unit has a capacity of 21 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 are 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 and three 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.

The Programme: Clients availing of the service attend one to ones daily, individualised counselling and psychotherapy and group work on a daily basis to discuss issues such as personal matters, addiction history, relapse prevention & craving management. 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+ Male/female
  • Registered homeless in Dublin City and County
  •  Clients who have a mental health diagnosis must be stable on their prescribed medication (and capable of managing same).
  • Clients who are detoxed from alcohol for a minimum of 10 days prior to assessment.
  • Clients physically well enough to participate in the programme.
  •  Clients who can provide clean urinalysis from substances other than those prescribed for a minimum of 10 days prior to assessment.
  •  Clients who have completed a community Detox, and who present with benzodiazepine positive urinalysis, will require written verification from their prescriber with regard to date of last dose administered. Note: Clients will be expected to present clear urinalysis within 6 weeks of their last intake of Benzodiazepine.
  • Methadone prescribed Clients: Clients that are stable on their prescribed dosage of methadone and on a maximum of twice weekly takeaways.Note: arrangements for methadone must be in place prior to admission

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 to make a Referral
There is a detailed referral form which can be obtained here. Or alternatively by calling the Recovery Unit the office is open 24 hours

  • Email or Phone the Recovery office for a referral pack.
  • Complete electronic referral form and submit to the recovery office by post.
  • Response regarding receipt of referral will be sent out within 5 working days.

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.

For more information please download our programme brochure here.



Addiction Support & Aftercare

This programme provides support, help and in some cases accomodation to those who have battled through and combatted their addictions » »