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The Addictions Service

The Addictions Service is designed to help individuals with alcohol dependence and/or substance abuse problems. The aim of the service is to match the individual needs of a person's recovery from alcohol and/or drugs with the right treatment.

Selecting a treatment centre is one of the most difficult decisions you may have to make in a lifetime. We hope we can offer you, or your family/concerned significant person, a worthwhile and innovative treatment programme to help meet your needs.

At St Patrick’s Mental Health Services we provide outpatient, day, inpatient and aftercare services for addictions and dual diagnosis. The Temple Centre is our holistic treatment centre where users are provided with the appropriate level of care depending on the severity of their addiction and stage of recovery.

About the Programme

  • Overview

    The cornerstone of our treatment approach is motivational; helping you find a path toward change you can truly embrace and providing the structure and tools to pursue that path.

    The Temple Centre team is multidisciplinary consisting of consultant psychiatrists, registrars, nursing staff, counsellors, social workers, psychologists and occupational Therapists. Treatment needs are routinely evaluated by the team and collaborated with the service user from the point of entry to discharge from the service. 

    We in the addiction team hope your experience with us will be valuable and a stepping stone towards your recovery for the future. We look forward to working with you and your family.

    St Patrick's Mental Health Services and the Temple Centre have been accredited by the Mental Health Commission in Ireland, ensuring high standards in the delivery of mental health services.

  • Treatment options

    Treatment options for people are based on the severity of the addiction. Different treatment settings (inpatient at medical or psychiatric hospital, day programme, outpatient, private/public psychological therapies, support groups) and treatment plans may be effective for different people depending on the stage and associated complications of the addiction, age, the type of addiction, underlying causes and support networks available to the individual.  

    At St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, our addictions and dual diagnosis service provides care in an outpatient, day-patient, or inpatient setting according to the needs of the individual. 

    The cornerstone of our treatment approach is motivational, helping you find a path toward change you can truly embrace and providing the structure and tools to pursue that path.

  • Dual diagnosis

    The Dual Mood and Addiction Programme, or Dual Diagnosis programme was established in St Patrick's Mental Health Services in 2002. It caters for people with an addiction, often alcohol dependence who also experience a mood problem such as depression or bipolar disorder. It also caters for those who have other addictions including cannabis and tranquilliser abuse and other mental health problems such as anxiety disorders.

    The programme grew from the need to cater for people with both addiction and mood problems in a comprehensive and thorough way rather than deal with them separately. The dual diagnosis team consists of a consultant psychiatrist, a registrar, nursing staff, counsellors, social workers, psychologists and occupational therapists. We believe in continued improvement of the programme and have initiated a full research programme to assess and develop the current programme.

CRAFT

SPMHS Addiction Services has launched a new and welcome addition to its services with the roll-out of CRAFT, an eight-week family training programme for concerned significant others (CSOs) living with addiction.

CRAFT is a comprehensive cognitive behavioural programme designed to empower any family member/CSO living with addiction.

Family members can, and do, make important contributions in areas of addiction treatment, and can play a powerful role in reducing their loved one’s harmful drinking or using, engage them into treatment and improve their own emotional, physical and relationship functioning.

CRAFT teaches the skills to train and prepare any family member/CSO to influence their loved one, whether in treatment or resisting treatment.

CSOs attending the CRAFT programme also benefit by becoming more independent, reducing their own depression, anxiety and anger symptoms even if their loved one does not enter treatment.

Helping to engage the substance user

The CRAFT intervention is a scientifically based intervention designed to help CSOs to engage with substance abusers currently in treatment or refusing treatment. It is often the substance user who reports that family pressure or influence is the reason they sought treatment.

Since family members can, and do, make important contributions in other areas of addiction treatment, CRAFT has been developed to help CSOs play a powerful role in engaging with the substance user who is in treatment or is resistant to treatment.

In addition, CRAFT teaches CSOs skills to enhance their own lives, regardless of whether the person enters treatment.

CRAFT’s three major goals

  • Reduce loved one’s harmful drinking/using
  • Engage loved one into treatment
  • Improve the functioning of the CSO (emotional, physical, relationships).

Purpose

  • Empower CSO to influence change
  • Train CSO in behaviour change skills
  • Improve CSOs quality of life
  • Prepare CSO for treatment engagement,

Rationale for working with CSOs

  • Substance abusers often report that family pressure prompted treatment seeking
  • CSOs can influence substance abusers’ behaviour due to extensive contact
  • CSOs also need help (victims of violence, financial problems and marital conflict etc.).

CRAFT programme description for the CSO

  • Problem-focused
  • Skills-based
  • Active during sessions (role plays)
  • Active between sessions (assignments).

Locations

At St Patrick’s Mental Health Services we provide outpatient, day, inpatient and aftercare services for addictions and dual diagnosis. The Temple Centre is our holistic treatment centre where users are provided with the appropriate level of care depending on the severity of their addiction and stage of recovery. St Patrick's Mental Health Services and the Temple Centre have been accredited by the Mental Health Commission in Ireland, ensuring high standards in the delivery of mental health services.

There is a very good atmosphere at St Patrick's. Communication is very good between patients and staff and should be maintained on an informal basis. The food is very good and is a great morale booster for everyone.

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How to access

Support & Information

Take your first step by making a call – Speak to a mental health professional today

01 249 3333 info@stpatsmail.com

Referral & Admission Service

Referral & Admission Service: Contact us for queries regarding a referral to our service.

01 249 3635