Addiction & Recovery

Addiction Counselling Kildare

Addiction counselling is a therapeutic intervention which helps to support individuals who have developed problematic behaviors or addiction problems by supporting them through a stages of change recovery process.

Addiction counsellors use a supportive direct and focused approach when dealing with addictions, empowering the client to regain control of their life and work towards harm reduction and ultimately recovery. Typically addiction counselling is a longer term therapeutic process which is attended regularly. Orlagh provides specialist addiction counselling such as The Stages of Change Model & Motivational Interviewing to men, women and couples over the ages of 18 who have mild to moderate unhealthy behaviours, dependencies or addictions. Addiction counselling is direct, solution focused and holistic with a strong emphasis on harm reduction or abstinence based recovery. Developing a healthy lifestyle, stronger relationships and a better quality of life are at the core of recovery counselling. Individuals under 21 who wish to attend counselling are advised to attend their first appointment with a family member. Find out about addiction family support counselling.

Addiction counselling can help men and women to return to better health by understanding their problem so that they can then choose to reduce and moderate their behaviours or achieve sobriety.”

Counselling can be individual one to one counselling sessions or working with couples. Below are some common problems which people get help through addiction & recovery counselling;

What happens in my first session?

To book your first session select ‘First Consultation‘ when booking online. The first session is a supportive space for you to share what is happening in your life and the effect your problems have been having on you. We will discuss various recovery options including one to one counselling, harm reduction, rehabilitation treatment centers, support groups and any other supports which may be available to you. It can be helpful to bring along your partner to the first session so that they also understand the recovery process. The first session is also an informal assessment to identify if one to one counselling is adequate support for you at this time. Sessions can not take place if individuals are under the influence of any substances. Under 21’s are advised to bring along a family member. You can also book an extended session for 90 or 110 minutes if you feel you need a longer session. If an onward referral is necessary this will be discussed with you during or after the first two sessions.

The following important areas are discussed in ongoing addiction counselling sessions:

  • Identifying the problems
  • Understanding cravings
  • Managing triggers
  • Harm reduction techniques
  • Setting clear goals
  • Healing relationships
  • Dealing with past hurt or trauma
  • Exploring and accessing supports
  • Health & lifestyle
  • Stress management
  • Focus on recovery
  • Understanding the recovery process
  • The role of group recovery meetings
  • Recovery steps and tools
  • Family support
  • Psycho-education

What is Addiction

Addiction has many forms and may develop over a longer period of time or more quickly depending on the type of addiction and the association with related behaviour. Addiction is a process which typically begins with the recreational use of a substance or behaviour. Over time, habits and dependencies form around the behaviour as it becomes incorporated into ones everyday thinking and daily life. Habits traditionally associated with addiction include tobacco, alcohol & substance addiction however over the the past two decades addictive and compulsive behaviour has become increasingly associated and prevalent with gambling, food, exercise, hoarding, shopping, sex and pornography. While alcohol and drug addiction are based on a substance-induced highs, the latter such as sex, pornography, food and gambling addictions produce a natural mood altering biological high.

As addiction is progressive, early intervention, self care and a health balanced lifestyle are vital in the prevention of addiction. The level of addiction may be referred to as mild, moderate, heavy, severe or chronic. This often impacts the type of help necessary and an assessment may be sought. Psychotherapy and addiction counselling can help address unhealthy recreational, habitual or destructive behaviours and dependencies associated with substance and behavioural (process) addictions, these may be mild to severe. Treatment recovery centers, residential & out patient addiction programs and Twelve Step support groups are also therapeutic interventions for addiction. Addiction Counselling helps the individual to understand themselves better and overcome any problematic or addictive behaviours.

Support for Family Members

Partners and family members are always directly effected and impacted by their loved ones addiction. It is important that those effected by a loved ones addiction also receive help, support and understanding. Often it is the family members who will reach out for help before the addict themselves are ready to consider recovery. Counselling for partners of addicts provides information and awareness about addiction, guidance around the recovery process and emotional compassionate support.


Self referrals and formal referrals are accepted. You do not require a formal referral letter to make an appointment. I accept referrals from GP’s, health professionals, organisations and other counselling professionals. I adhere to the IACP Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy.

Find out what my clients have to say, read some client testimonials here… 

Website & Awareness Links

Addiction Counsellors of Ireland |
Alcohol Action Ireland |
Alcohol Help |
Drink Aware |
Drugs | Drug & Alcohol Information & Support |
Gambling Information and Support for Gambling Problems |
Irish Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy |
Gamble Aware |

Recovery Support Groups in Ireland

Alcoholics Anonymous |
Al-Anon | Support for families of alcoholics |
Cocaine Anonymous Ireland |
Co-dependents Anonymous Ireland |
Food Addicts Anonymous |
Gamblers Anonymous Ireland |
Gam-Anon UK & Ireland |
LifeRing – Sobriety from Alcohol & Substances |
Narcotics Anonymous |
Overeaters Anonymous |
Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous |
Sexaholics Anonymous | SA Ireland |
S-Anon | Support for partners of Sexaholics |
Smart Recovery Ireland – Science based self empowering support groups in Ireland |

*There are also a number of 12 Step meetings now held online such as Marijuana Anonymous

Residential Addiction Treatments Centres in Ireland

The Rutland Centre |
Aiseiri |
Cuan Mhuire |
Smarmore Castle Private Rehabilitation Clinic |
6 Day Intensive Recovery Course for Sex Addiction – London, UK | The Laurel Centre

Non Residential Addiction Support Services in Kildare

The Aras Project – Newbridge, Co. Kildare | 

Family Support & Counselling 

The Family Support Network | 
The Rutland Centre | Concerned Persons Workshop (every 6 weeks) |
Hope Cottage Family Support Service in Kildare – Ph: 045 877991
Al-Anon | Support for families of alcoholics |
Gam-Anon UK & Ireland |
S-Anon | Support for partners of Sexaholics |
Addiction Counsellors of Ireland |
Addiction, Partner Support and Couples Recovery Counselling in Kildare |

About Orlagh Gahan 

Orlagh Gahan is a qualified accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist (IACP) with a B.Sc Degree in Counselling in Counselling & Psychotherapy. She is also a qualified Complementary Health Therapist since 2002 who specialises in physical, mental and emotional health. Orlagh provides general counselling and addiction counselling to both men and women and young adults. She currently and previously worked as a Sex Addiction Counsellor & Psychotherapist at The Centre for Sexual Addictions, CBT Solutions, The Centre for Addictive & Problematic Behaviours and EAP Consultants. She is currently available for private appointments at the Naas Holistic Centre, Naas, Co. Kildare.

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