Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities

Rutland Centre’s second annual Recovery Month will be launched in the Mansion House on Monday 28th August 2017 by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD. The event will start at 12pm.

At this launch, we will be speaking about what recovery can mean to families in Ireland and why we think it matters that we focus on treatment from addiction and life in recovery so that families and communities across Ireland have some hope that things can change and that life can be better.

We will be sharing some of our own data – for example trends in treatment presentation, outcomes and relapse rates and Olympic Boxer Kenneth Egan will be sharing his own personal story of recovery.

Throughout the month of September we have a number of free events taking place.

Monday 4th September @ 7pm

Wood Quay Venue – City Wall Space

LGBTQ in Recovery – a free talk about what recovery looks like and why it is important for this community.

According to SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the USA) substance use disorders affect 8.4 percent of the general population, but a massive 20 to 30 percent of the LGBTQ+ population. Irish data collection does not address addiction in the LGBTQ community, however given people’s experience of discrimination, stigma, and for some, internalised homophobia, it is reasonable to think that many LGBTQ people may have come to use substances such as drugs and alcohol to self sooth ultimately developing into addictions. Many studies offer evidence LGBTQ people often face significantly increased trauma as a result of various internal and external factors (e.g. stressful childhood experiences, hate crimes, family conflict) which strongly correlates with increased substance abuse.

LGBTQ individuals in the USA seek treatment for substance abuse at a significantly higher rate than heterosexual individuals and have identified key themes in ideal service provision. Despite the higher rates of substance abuse difficulties and later onset of help seeking, research suggests that there are no significant differences in outcomes for LGBTQ clients who utilize substance abuse treatment programs compared to heterosexual clients. This promising finding encourages us to recognise that Recovery is open to everyone.

Tuesday 12th September @ 7pm

Wood Quay Venue – City Wall Space

Women in Recovery – and evening of music with Mary Coughlan.

Mary Coughlan, renowned musician and advocate of recovery will share her personal story of recovery from alcohol addiction through song and stories.

When women present for addiction treatment, we must be aware that there are social and environmental factors that influence how women enter into addiction and in they recover. Factors Unique to women that can influence the treatment process include:

  • Women often come into addiction later in life or they are introduced and/or encouraged by male partners to engage in addictive behaviours.
  • Women can often present from situations where domestic violence has been in the relationship.
  • Stigma can block a lot of women from presenting for treatment as society takes a deemed view on women especially mothers who are in addiction.
  • They often try to get support by their GP or by a mental health practitioner as oppose to entering into treatment.
  • While the women may be in addiction they are still often taking care of the childcare and need to have a lot of support to allow them to take time out to enter residential treatment.
  • Research has shown that physical and sexual trauma followed by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is more common in drug-abusing women than in men seeking treatment (Greenfield, 2010).

Friday 15th September

Rutland Centre Open House

Rutland Centre, Knocklyon

7.30am – 8.15am GP breakfast CPD Training "Screening for Addiction"

Meet the team – 11 am to 2.30 pm – there will be an opportunity to meet the Rutland team, hear about how our program works and ask questions about what we do. This is open to all professionals in the field.

Community Open House - 3-4pm –  the local community are invited to come in to look around the garden and house and hear about some of the history.

Monday 18 th September @ 7pm

Wood Quay Venue – City Wall Space

Addiction and Recovery in Sport and how to protect yourself and your top athletes – an interactive interview with some of Ireland’s leading sports stars hosted by Matt Cooper.

Well respected journalist and broadcaster Matt Cooper will host an all-star panel of Irish sports men and women in a discussion about what life at the top of their game is like and what the pitfalls are. Offaly Footballer Niall McNamee and Olympic Boxing star Kenny Egan will tell us a bit about their personal stories of addiction, giving us some insight into if and how competing in sport at an elite level contributed; they’ll also share with us their stories of recovery and tell us what life in recovery is like!

Liam Sheedy, All Ireland Winning Hurling manager will tell us a bit about what he thinks the role of management and clubs is in protecting players and how managers can help players in difficulty while Anna Geary four-time Cork Camogie All Star will talk about how she protected herself and her mental health during her time at the top and what helped her as she made the transition away from sport. Dr Ella McCabe, clinical psychologist with Leinster Rugby will also give us her views and share her expert experiences. 

Matt will also focus for a time on gambling culture in Ireland and get the views of the panel on what is happening out there and what concerns they may have for young players today.

The discussion will be recorded for a radio podcast and broadcast via Today FM The Last Word.

Wednesday 27th September @ 11am

Coffee Morning Mansion House 11am

Recovery for Families – how to help a parent or an adult child achieve recovery; free public lecture followed by a free private clinic with Rutland addiction counselors where families can get advice and support.

As a parent or spouse, you often have a unique insight into the behaviours of loved ones but it can be really difficult to intervene and to get support. Our message is that treatment works and recovery happens! It is worth picking up the phone for – recovery means so much more than no longer drinking for example. It means better physical and mental health, improved self-esteem, a chance to rebuild relationships and repair families and it means an overall better quality of life.

Addiction knows no boundaries – we have clients in treatment at the Rutland Centre across the full age spectrum from 18 right up to mid 70s . It is never too late to seek help and we know that families can recover even after many years of addiction.

The common factor in all addictions is the emotional and financial destruction caused by the addiction on the relationships of the person affected. Heavy emphasis is therefore placed on the role of the family in recovery at the Rutland Centre. The Centre encourages family members to get involved by taking part in the regular family sessions and workshops it hosts to offer support to families along with practical advice on how to help a loved one