No one should struggle to understand or recover from an addiction alone. There are many trained therapists, organisations and nationwide support meetings for addiction recovery here in Ireland. Now with so many therapists working online using telemedicine software and self help support group meetings also being hosted online using sites like Zoom and by phone conferencing, getting support is more convenient and accessible.
When you realise that you can no longer manage or fight your addiction alone it can be difficult to know what to do next, who to turn to, or how to find out about recovery options. Finding support is the first step followed by growing your support network. It is through this support that you will learn all about recovery and sobriety and how to move forward. Getting the help of a professional Addiction Counsellor or Psychotherapist who is experienced in addiction and recovery or couples recovery will also help provide you with the information you need to move forward.
Most people who are seeking help for the first time and are new to the recovery process are not aware that there is in-fact a wide variety of self help support groups available here in Ireland. These organisations have websites with advice, information, self-assessment questions, leaflets, helplines and group meetings around Ireland daily and weekly. Once you know where to look, you will realise that you are not alone in your recovery and that there is hope for the future and a path forward.
Recovery group support meetings hosted online and by phone
Since the COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines came into place in March most of these group meetings are now being hosted online using Zoom and by phoning into a meeting. Being able to call or log-in and join a group support meetings means you can attend meetings regularly day or night and around your schedule from home. Sadly, many regional drop-in meetings are currently suspended at present. There are many benefits to attending group support and they are an integral part of long term successful recovery. To find out more about joining a face to face meeting in your region or joining an online meeting contact the helpline for the organisation. Many of these meetings are by region or may be nationwide.
What type of addiction support groups are available in Ireland?
There are organisations that provide support groups in Ireland specifically for food addiction, alcohol problems addiction, drug addiction such as Cocaine, Marijuana and Narcotics, gambling problems and sex addiction. Many of these groups are based on the 12 Step principals while other organisations such as Lifering and SMART recovery offer a research based recovery approach.
There are also support groups for partners and family effected by a loved one’s addiction. It is always a good idea to get the support of peers or professionals when effected by a spouses addiction even if they are not yet in recovery themselves. You can identify the organisations for partners and family members by the Anon reference such as Al-anon, S-Anon and Gam-Anon. The Rise Foundation provide excellent support to partners and families effected by a loved ones addiction.
Once you know where to look, you will realise that you are not alone in your recovery and that there is hope for the future and a path forward.
Support group meetings are available throughout Ireland daily and are on a donation basis making them affordable for everyone. Group support is a crucial part of early recovery and successful long term recovery.
Some organisations provide 24/7 chat room group support and have developed apps to promote recovery and sobriety which you can find on iPhone or Samsung play store or check out their websites for more information.
Podcasts are now also a great way of learning more about addiction and recovery support. The latest podcast launched here in Ireland recently relating to recovery is called The Problem Gambling Podcast with Barry Grant and Tony O’Reilly which you can find on all podcasting platforms.
To find a professional registered Psychotherapist visit www.iacp.ie and www.addictioncounsellors.ie or to book an online appointment with me for addiction and recovery support click here or visit www.orlaghgahan.ie
Here is a list of addiction recovery support groups in Ireland who currently provide support meetings online.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – www.alcoholicsanonymous.ie
Al-Anon, Support for families of alcoholics – www.al-anon-ireland.org
Cocaine Anonymous (CA) Ireland – www.caireland.info
Marijuana Anonymous (MA) – www.marijuana-anonymous.ie
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – www.na-ireland.org
Co-dependents Anonymous Ireland – www.codaireland.com
Food Addicts Anonymous – www.foodaddictsanonymous.org
Gamblers Anonymous (GA) Ireland – www.gamblersanonymous.ie
Gam-Anon UK & Ireland – www.gamanon.org.uk
Problem Gambling Ireland – Information, support, resources & podcast – www.problemgambling.ie
LifeRing – Sobriety from alcohol & substances – www.lifering.ie
Overeaters Anonymous, Food addictions – www.overeatersanonymous.ie
Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) – www.slaaireland.org
Sexaholics Anonymous (SA) – www.saireland.com
S-Anon, Support for partners of sexaholics – www.sanon.org
Smart Recovery Ireland – A science based recovery support group – www.smartrecovery.ie
The Rise Foundation – Support for partners and loved ones – www.therisefoundation.ie
If you have a recovery support group you would like included in this list please email firstname.lastname@example.org