Residential Recovery Unit

Dublin Simon Community Residential Addiction 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.

Dublin Simon Community Residential Addiction Recovery Unit

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 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 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, 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.

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.
  • Those that are homeless and at risk of becoming homeless.
  • 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.
  • Cannabis usage: where there is a History of chorionic cannabis use, clients must first address this issue prior to attending the recovery programme.  Please speak to a member of the Recovery team for further information.

Referrals are accepted from Homeless Agencies, Central Placement Service and other Addiction Treatment Centres, however as we are a low threshold, homeless specific treatment facility, priority is given to those who have completed the Dublin Simon Community internal Detox unit, who are rough sleeping or who are hostel dwelling.

Regarding external referrals from non treatment facilities, it is expected that the referral agent will have a post treatment move on plan prepared for the client in advance of  the clients completion of The Recovery 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 Referrer's letter attached, stating that the client is fit for undertaking the recovery process. There are additional requirement for clients on methadone or prescribed medication  which are explained in more detail on the referral form. You can also find more details about how the Residential Recovery service operates here.

For more information please download our programme brochure here.


Addiction Support & Aftercare

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