Mulhuddart has a Corduff Community Drug Team
The Mulhuddart/Corduff Community Drug & Alcohol Team (CDAT) tackles the growing drug and alcohol problem in the Dublin 15 area that are affecting individuals, families and the wider community.
Based in the heart of the community in Parslickstown House, this team of six keyworkers tirelessly work to help stabilise their clients in their drug use. They emphasise that this is the first and most vital step in the road to recovery. Once a person presents to the CDAT, they will be assessed and where appropriate, assigned a key worker who will work with them on their individual care plan. This is a free and confidential service.Every person who arrives here for help has a different reason that motivated them to present to us. These could include:
Agreeing to start treatment
Deciding to go in for residential detox/rehab
Court related issues
Social welfare complications
Dealing with mental health
Physical health difficulties
Regardles of the reason, our organisations goal is to assign each person with a keyworker who will support them and this gives them a greater chance of improving the quality of their life, and their families lives. All our team are qualified to provide support in a range of interventions including Safer Injecting/ Health Promotion; C.B.T.; Motivational Interviewing; Community Reinforcement Approach; Five Step Approach and CRAFT ; Famiy members can access 1-1 Support, Counselling or Group Support through the CDAT.
A recent initiave in helping people to stabilise in their drug use is the new Arising Programme that we offer. The programme is for people who are on prescribed methadone and who also continue to use illegal street drugs. This is a stabilisation programme where clients must attend 3-days a week. It is designed to be a stepping stone in to stability and recovery.
The CDAT has a close and effective working relationship with community groups in the Dublin 15 area and addiction services throughout the country thereby ensuring access to the best possible interventions for those using our service.
“Arising” Stabilisation Programme
Mulhuddart Corduf CDAT has always had a strong emphasis on helping people to stabilise in their drug use which is the first and most vital step in the road to recovery. Our team work closely with their clients and have gained great insight into what support and services are needed to help. It’s through these insights and their extensive training that the team developed the Arising Programme.
This is a recent initiave aimed at helping people to stabilise in their drug use. The programme is for people who are on prescribed methadone and who also continue to use illegal street drugs. This is a stabilisation programme where clients must attend 3-days a week. It is designed to be a stepping stone in to stability and recovery.
The “Arising” gives people the opportunity to leave behind the street drugs and stabilise on their methadone. The programme is run in Blakestown Resource Centre as it’s a central location it provides easy access for those that need it in the Dublin 15 area.
This programme provides structure to the lives of those that attend. Each day has a different yet planned agenda - Mondays consists of group work which involves checking in on how people got on over the weekend; Tuesdays include a day trip or an activity; art classes are completed on Wednesdays.
Those that have completed the Arising Stabilisation Programme have done really well. Many have progressed to a full time day rehab programme, while others were successful in gaining full time employment. This organised programme brings stability to an otherwise chaotic lifestyle which is a key stepping stone on the road to a successful rehab journey.
In addition to this programme, we provide an open door policy in our office whereby old and new clients can visit our team and are never turned away. As we a rule, we see clients on an appointment basis but you never need an appointment to see a keyworker about any issues that support is needed for. Our clients may not see the keyworker they are familiar with every time but all of our team are equaly qualified and always willing to help. There is always a team member availble for a cup of tea and in some cases to provide crisis intervention.
All of our clients know that that they won’t be left on their own to deal with an issue on their own if their keyworker is not available as a colleague will always step in. This is so important in cases where people are suffering from depression and there is concern for their safety. Our service is personal and the team pick up on each other’s clients when and where the need arises.