Our aim of our Homeless Specific* Short-term Addiction Treatment (Alcohol/Benzodiazepine Detox) is to provide a safe, supportive, medically assisted alcohol/benzodiazepine detoxification to facilitate adults in addressing their addiction and initiating the process of recovery.

Over 1,000 people accessed our wraparound addiction treatment, recovery and counselling services providing a safe environment to rebuild their lives

“The first few days in detox I remember the welcoming faces of both residents and staff all saying the same thing: ‘You’ll be alright.”

– Gerry, Simon Client


The Detox unit has a capacity of 11 beds. It is a low threshold** service targeted specifically at adults who are homeless and meet the criteria for admission*. The programme is of three weeks duration. There is a qualified nurse on duty 24 hours a day who will support clients to manage their withdrawals safely. The key worker will provide case management support in liaison with the referral agent.

There is a daily group programme facilitated by the key worker. In addition, wraparound supports are provided, such as one-to-one counselling, health and wellbeing, literacy, personal development.

The whole process is guided by the Clinical Governance for Quality and Safety framework.

**Low Threshold – By ‘Low Threshold’ we mean that we do not set admission criteria which our client group cannot meet. Also the programme imposes minimal constraints and exercises a high degree of lenience to ensure that clients can complete the programme and achieve their goals. As a consequence we tend to work with those people often excluded from services due to medication management, poly substance misuse and associated behavioural issues.


Referral Criteria

  • Male/Female over the age of 18 years.
  • Clients registered as homeless with a Dublin City or Dublin County local authority or who are eligible for registration as homeless
  • Clients at risk of homelessness who have been recently housed and have a keyworker with Housing First or Tenancy Sustainment Services in the Dublin City and Dublin County area
  • Clients on methadone are accepted – please see further information on the referral form.

How do I apply?

Please contact us on the number in the ‘Contact Us’ section and a referral form will be arranged to be emailed out to you.

Contact Us

Dublin Simon Community, Residential Alcohol Detox Unit, Watling Street, Ushers Island, Dublin 8
Phone: (01) 6759950