Addiction Treatment in Cork
One of Ireland’s foremost addiction treatment centres, Tabor Lodge in Cork, is about to enter an exciting new phase in its development with the announcement of the provision of 21 new residential in its Fellowship House facility.
At a civic reception yesterday evening at City Hall attended by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Buttimer, Pat Coughlan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, unveiled the Tabor Lodge 2012 Annual Report and development plans for the future. He remarked, “I am absolutely delighted to report that in 2012, the Minister for Housing and Planning announced the green light for the provision of 21 new Units as part of the redevelopment of our Fellowship House facility at Spur Hill, Togher. This is the second largest construction project in the €100 million scheme to provide 800 new social and voluntary housing.”
Tabor Lodge Addiction and Housing Services offers hope, healing and recovery to addicted people and their families through an integrated and caring service. “At Tabor Lodge, we recognise that addiction is a chronic, progressive primary disease that cannot be cured, but those who suffer can be helped by abstinence and lifestyle changes,” noted Tabor Lodge’s Clinical Director, Mick Devine. “We believe that people who suffer from addiction are entitled to dignity and respect and that each person has the resources for recovery. The majority of clients are referred because of alcohol abuse and drugs use. However, other referrals include eating disorders, gambling and spending.”
Tabor Lodge Addiction and Housing Services comprises of 3 separate entities. There is Tabor Lodge, the Renewal Woman’s Residence and the Fellowship House Men’s Residence. Tabor Lodge, itself, is a residential unit, located near Kinsale, where clients spend 28 days in treatment. Tabor’s Renewal Woman’s Residence enters its 14th year, and still remains the only residential extended treatment centre in Ireland for women in early recovery from addiction. Following the 12 week programme, clients from Renewal have the opportunity to move to Sober House for a further period of up to 3 months. A similar 12 week Residential Secondary Treatment Programme for men in recovery is offered at Fellowship House in Togher.
Onward referral is to a Continuing Care Programme, headed by Mary Carroll, which may include a residential secondary treatment programme. Kathleen Greaney is the coordinator for the Family Programme, which helps loved ones deal with the stress of dealing with an addicted family member.
In these difficult financial times, there is a pressure on resources. Aileen O’Neill, General Manager noted, “A dramatic change that we faced this year was the non-approval by the Department of Social Protection of a payment for individual clients in extended treatment. We continue to lobby with local politicians and the HSE to have this funding reinstated – so that the most vulnerable in our society can access services they need.”
The report was welcomed by all in attendance at the launch as a major step forward for the future of addiction treatment in Cork. “We have a fantastic team working with us at Tabor Lodge,” commented Pat Coughlan. “The dedication of our staff is amazing and the success rate of the services they provide reflects their commitment to improving the lives of many, many people. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our team most sincerely for all the wonderful work they do – always undertaken with kindness and a sincere understanding of client’s needs”.
And do the various treatment regimes work? It is the responsibility of Mick Devine to establish the evidence base for the success of their treatment approach. “I have supervised a research proposal which will gather valuable data in partnership with the Department of Public Health in UCC. All indications to-date confirm the value of our various programmes.”
But it is the clients, themselves, who speak most powerfully for the success of the Tabor Lodge regime, “My life was miserable. I was miserable and tormented. Though the treatment and mixing and living in the House, I’ve got a new outlook, self-respect and esteem. I care deeply for my family, they can trust me. Life is worth living and I have hopes and dreams.” Ag 38.