Q;- who are the C.D.T.
A;- Mulhuddart/Corduff Community Drugs & Alcohol Team (M/C CDAT) was set up in 1998 to help tackle the growing drug/alcohol problem in the area. Today the team of 6 continues to work to address drug related issues affecting individuals, families and the wider community.
Based in the heart of the community in Parslickstown House the team works with clients to address their drug related issues. This is a free and confidential service. Once a person presents to the C.D.T. they are assessed and where appropriate, assigned a key worker who will work with them on their care plan.
Each person’s goals will vary….from agreeing to start treatment to deciding to go in for residential detox/rehab. In between there may be issues relating to the courts, social welfare, mental and physical health to deal with. The hope is that with the support of the keyworker and the team there is a greater chance of the individual reaching their goals thereby improving the quality of their life, and their families lives. Staff are trained 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 C.D.T..
The C.D.T. 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. With that focus we set up the “Arising” stabilisation programme, a 5 day a week day programme which is designed to be a stepping stone in to stability and recovery. People are referred on to the programme by a wide range of community and statutory organisations such as GPs, Department of Social Protection, Probation and can also self-refer just by contacting the office 8216601 for an assessment.
Funded by the HSE and local Drugs Task Force the C.D.T. is managed by a Board of Management which is made up of decision makers within the community, gardai, social work, service users reps and addiction field.
The C.D.T.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.
Q;- How do your clients feel about this organization and the support that they get?
A;- Clients responses:
- “ these are the people that saved my life”
- “Without this programme I would be sitting at home doing nothing”
- “The Arising programme really helped me to look at the reasons behind my drug use. It helped me to reduce my drug use, to get off the tablets and it game me something to get up in the morning for. I can’t speak highly enough of the CDT team. My key worker was always there for me”
- People know that the service is free and confidential, and they won’t be judged.
Q;- How the team feels about their experience with clients?
A;- Great to be working with a range of people. In the morning you could be delivering a workshop in the community and in the afternoon you could supporting someone on one to one basis. The work can be challenging but very rewarding.
Q;- Any success stories?
A;- Yes we would have a number of people who came through our service who are now drug and alcohol free and in some cases nicotine free, who are holding down well good jobs and have rebuilt their family relationships. Very important also is that they have addressed their health issues. Most of our clients who reach that drug free status tend to take up education. In some cases they want to make up for time lost when they were younger and perhaps had left school early. All ex clients that take up education are always successful at it.
Q;- Crisis intervention- have you some examples/stories of why people call in to you?
- They may have no food in the fridge. We are part of the food cloud, so they can take a parcel of food home, or we can refer them to Cross Care food bank.
- Those newly released from prison, and don’t have a prescription for methadone for following day is a really big issue for those that are highly dependent on daily methadone.
- Domestic violence- we deal with this type of crisis, in some cases it’s the elderly that are suffering from this abuse.
Q;- What issues would clients have that they call to your team?
- Health – HIV issues, Hepatitis B, liver issues, teeth, weight loss, Lungs compromised, overdose risks.
- Social welfare – unemployment benefits, cuts to payments
- Housing – homelessness, evictions, sleeping rough, sleeping on sofas.
- Drug debt intimidation – owing money and serious threats to life and limb.
- How to access treatment – methadone treatment, needle exchange.
- Child protection/welfare – access to children, children removed from the home.
- Legal issues – courts, prison, cases pending.
- Mental Health – depression, paranoia, hysteria, chaotic thinking, lack of sleep.
- Aftercare – drug free and needing support
Q:- Why is being so available to clients so important to client?
- Some of the clients are in crisis and can’t wait a day or two for appointment. They know they can just drop in and see a key worker.
- Listening ear.
Q;- Who are our clients
A:- Our clients are people over 18 regardless of sex, sexuality, marital/family status or race also their families and the wider communities of Mulhuddart and Corduff.
Q:- Why do people use our service
A:- The people who use our service are the people who are affected by using drugs both illegal and legal and who need support in relation to treatment/treatments options, access to stabilisation and rehabilitation, and most of all support in achieving a drug free life.
Q:- What about Family support
- We support family members of people effected by drug use . We have 2 family support groups .
- DOVE FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP this takes place in Parslickstown House every second Tuesday from 3.00 to 5pm.
- TARA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP this takes place in Corduff resource center on the first Tuesday of every month at 7-8.30pm.
- We use the 5 STEPS METHOD to develop family members coping skills.
- We also facilitate our members to access funding for training and respite weekends funded by the Blanchardstown Local drugs and alcohol Task Force.
- Apart from the programmes people often opt to attend the service for 1-1 support.
- If you are a family member and need support around a family members addiction call 018216601 and speak to us.
- Just ring 8216601 and together we can work out what type of support or services would best suit you.
Q:- What else do you do?
A:- We do Complimentary therapies such as acupuncture.
- Three members of our staff are trained in Auricular Acupuncture.
- Acupuncture is great for stress and for people feeling the effects of withdrawals, in particular cocaine. It helps you to relax and the 5 points in the ear are of particular benefit. It also helps with sleep.
- It is recommend that it takes at least five sessions for you to feel the benefits. Some people try it once, but those that have regular sessions say it really helps with anxiety, stress particularly if they are in withdrawals while detoxing.
We do Indian head massage.
- People who use our service sometimes book in for an Indian head massage treatment – it’s a safe simple and effective therapy designed to relieve symptoms of stress. A treatment usually takes about 40 minutes and it involves working on pressure points on the upper back, neck, face and head to relieve symptoms of stress and encourage relaxation. Treatments are part of the persons care plan and are by appointment.
We do SHIATSU
- SHIATSU is a form of therapeutic bodywork from Japan and is available for all our clients who link in to our service. SHIATSU is performed without oils through light comfortable clothing. (you don’t have to remove any clothing)
- SHIATSU translates as finger pressure. SHIATSU is a non-invasive therapy that may help reduce stress and contribute to overall wellbeing. SHIATSU can also be used to treat the following conditions DIGESTIVE DISORDERS, FATIGUE, INSOMNIA, FIBOMYALGIA, AND ANXIETY. The effect may be stimulating and invigorating or calming depending on the goal of the session. A SHIATSU session lasts one hour and can be booked by contacting our service 01821660.