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 embedding 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.