Help with addictions

Finding Help for Addiction

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If you or someone you know needs help for addiction, this simple guide will point you in the right direction. Various treatment options are available, and we’ll help you understand them better.

Treatment Options

1. Addiction Counselling

Addiction counselling offers:

  • Assessments
  • Brief interventions
  • Individual or group counselling
  • Information
  • Referrals to treatment services

2. Detoxification

Detoxification addresses the physical cravings for alcohol or drugs. It can be done:

  • Out-patient (under GP supervision)
  • In-patient (based on your needs)

Always consult a professional for detox advice.

3. Residential Programs

These programs remove you from your usual environment and offer in-patient treatment in a specialized facility.

4. Group Support

Support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) help individuals in recovery. There are also support groups for affected family members.


  • HSE-provided addiction services are typically free, including out-patient services.
  • Residential program charges vary but should not be a barrier to access.
  • Medical cards may cover certain drug treatment center stays.
  • Check with your health insurer for coverage of treatment costs at private facilities.

How to Apply

  • Local Health Office: Contact your Local Health Office to find addiction services in your area.
  • GP Referral: Your GP can refer you to local addiction services for assessment and treatment discussions.
  • Pharmacists: They can also refer you to suitable addiction treatment and counseling centers.
  • Private Treatment: Admission requirements vary; contact the private service provider for details.

Where to Apply

  • Local Health Office: For information on HSE addiction services.
  • and HSE websites with directories of local drug and alcohol services.
  • HSE Drugs and Alcohol Helpline: For support, information, and service referrals, call Freephone 1800 459 459 or email

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