Promoting Recovery In Ireland Conference – Reminder to Book

October 26th, 2016

Dear friends & colleagues,

The SER Family Support Network are delighted to announce we have confirmed a range of speakers to present at the forthcoming
Conference Promoting Recovery In Ireland. We would very much welcome you/staff attendance and participation.

Download Booking Form

Breda Fell
SER Family Support Network
051 312010/086 6045805

Nat. Drug Strategy Public Consultation

September 19th, 2016

These are the points the South East Regional Family Support Network want  included in the next National Drug Strategy.

  • Implementation of a Recovery model that recognises that as well as abstinence from problematic substance use, it should be taken to include meaningful participation in society, employment, housing status and relations with family and friends.
  • Design and commission recovery orientated services that provide meaningful outcomes for problematic substance users their families and wider society
  • Ensure services users & families are involved in planning and commissioning of services
  • Ensure there are wrap around services to support the recovery process
  • Ensure that families are treated as service users in their own right and are offered a needs assessment and support plan.
  • Implement supports for children affected by parental problem substance use.
  • Introduce decriminalisation of possession of drugs for personal use support by access to recovery services
  • Equal access to recovery services for people living in rural areas.
  • Resource and support a public awareness campaign on the issue of intimidation and the promotion of the Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme, alongside an evaluation of this programme to ensure barriers and gaps in family members reporting intimidation are addressed.
  • Ensure that the voices of family members are heard and that they are involved in all decision making structures.
  • Support kinship carers by resourcing support and information specifically for this group
  • Develop and resource respite grants for family members affected by a relative’s substance misuse.
  • Ensure that family members have access to Naloxone and receive training on how to administer it.


Promoting Recovery In Ireland Conference

September 19th, 2016

A conference exploring how addiction services can be more recovery focused


11 November 2016
at Brandon House Hotel,
New Ross, County Wexford
Key Speakers
Prof Agnes Higgins
Dr Sharon Lambert
Gerry McAleendan
Alistair Sinclair
Derek O’Donnell:Lessons from starting a national men’s recovery group
Prof Sharon Lambert: What services can learn from ACE’s and how trauma informed environments support recovery
Amanda Quigley:  Empowering those with the lived experience in development of programmes
Micheal Ryan: Health& Wellbeing – maintaining health & well-being in recovery


This conference will bring together a range of speakers, practitioners and those with the lived experience to contribute to and inform the debate around recovery and recovery focused services. If we want to advance recovery culture and recovery orientated services to achieve meaningful outcomes for those in recovery what is required?

The participants will engage in brief structured round table discussions throughout the day. From these discussions a conference report will be developed, this will inform HSE south service planning, and will also be presented to the Drugs Policy Unit. The report will be available for all attendees.

The Schedule
Come register in the main conference room
9.30 – 10.00
Opening Words
10.00 – 10.15
Panel 1
Recovery what it is and whats involved
Increasing Recovery Capital
Gerry McAleenan is Project leader with Soilse & Co-author of Addiction Recovery – A Contagious Paradigm. HSE

Gerry will discuss recovery, the national recovery journey so far and how to increase recovery capital
(20 mins)

The Family in Recovery
Prof Agnes Higgins works in TCD. Dept. of Nursing and Midwifery. Trinity College Dublin
Do families have a role in recovery? If yes, why are families not more involved?
Do families have a contribution to make to the person with self experience recovery? If yes how can we harness their potential?
Do families have own recovery journey? If yes how can they be supported in this journey
(20 mins)

10.15 – 11.00
Round Table Discussion
Explore supports necessary in supporting a relative’s recovery and families own recovery
11.00 – 11.20
BREAK:11.20 – 11.35
Panel 2
Recovery in Practive
Health and Wellbeing in Recovery
Michael Ryan is Director of Advancing Recovery Ireland
(20 mins)
11.35 – 11.55
How recovery colleges can support client journeys
Amanda Quigley: South East Recovery College
(20 min)
11.55 – 12.15
An interview with service users and family members
Recovery as a lived experience, interview hosted by Jim O’Dwyer, SERDTF, who has undertaken significant service user consultation in the SE
(35 min)
12.15 – 1.00
LUNCH: 1.00 – 1.50
Derek O’Donnell
Lessons from starting a national men’s recovery group

Prof Sharon Lambert
What services can learn from ACE’s and how trauma informed environments support recovery

Amanda Quigley, Recovery College
Empowering those with the lived experience in development of programmes

Micheal Ryan. Health & Wellbeing
Maintaining health & well-being in recovery

1.50 – 2.50
How services can
Challenging dual diagnosis: how trauma informed care can support recovery.
Dr Sharon Lambert, ‘Clinical Psychologist, UCC.

Sharon will explain recent research on ACES, which explores the strong relationship between childhood trauma and later addiction issues, and the need to create trauma informed environments in order to support the recovery of individuals.
(20 Mins)

What is required to build a recovery movement: lessons from the U.K.
Alistair Sinclair, Chair of the U.K. Recovery Foundation.
(20 mins)

2.50 – 3.30
BREAK: 3.30 – 3.40
Round table
Key Questions:
Each table will have a brief structured discussion to explore whether current services meet the standards as highlighted by speakers & participants, What can be changed?
Time to prepare questions and comments for the panel.
3.40 – 4.00
Panel discussion
Panel Discussion to Explore:
How can Ireland create more Recovery orientated services – small changes or a complete re-think?
Panel: Dr Sharon Lambert, UCC; Dr Agnes, TCD; Alistair Sinclair, Recovery Foundation U.K: Gerry McAleedon, HSE
4.00 – 4.25

International Overdose Awareness Day is Wednesday August 31st

August 30th, 2016

International Overdose Awareness Day is Wednesday August 31st.
The International Overdose Awareness Day committee is made up of representatives drawn from key organisations whose work is related to dealing with drug harms in a variety of fashions. Its members represent community health and drug and alcohol treatment bodies, drug user groups, research institutes, government and emergency services.
International Overdose Awareness Day hopes to diminish the shame and guilt associated with drug use. That includes all drugs, licit and illicit (and alcohol, too).
Taking its themes as prevention and remembrance, its goals are:
• To provide an opportunity for people to publicly mourn for loved ones, some for the first time, without feeling guilt or shame.
• To include the greatest number of people in Overdose Awareness Day events, and encourage non-denominational involvement.
• To give community members information about the issue of fatal and non fatal overdose.
• To send a strong message to current and former drug users that they are valued.
• To stimulate discussion about overdose prevention and drug policy.
• To provide basic information on the range of support services that exists in the local community.
• To prevent and reduce drug-related harm by supporting evidence-based policy and practice.
• To remind all of the risks of overdose.
For more information visit:

Happy Christmas

December 18th, 2015

Best wishes to all for a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year

Annual Workshops & Conference for 2015

August 12th, 2015

The annual workshops & conference will be held on Saturday & Sunday, 13 & 14 of November in the Brandon House Hotel, New Ross, Co. Wexford. We invite and encourage all family members affected by a relatives problem drug use to take time out and attend. This year we have a range of workshops, self-care programmes and information on services. It is also an opportunity to network with other family members in similar situations and enjoy some quality respite.
For further information or booking details please contact Breda @ 086 6045805

Bereavement Support Group

April 7th, 2015

SER Family Support Network
Introducing a new regional Bereavement Support Group
This programme is for anyone bereaved through substance use or related issues, it is for parents, grandparents, siblings, adult children or partners. We hope that the support being provided will help those through this painful time. We understand each family’s story is unique and that they may face specific difficulties due to circumstances of the bereavement. Bereavement is a journey that families go through as they adjust to the painful loss of someone they love. It can help to know that they are not alone, there is support available and there is hope for the future.
The group meets monthly on Tuesday evening 5-7pm just outside New Ross Co. Wexford. This support process will be guided by a professional bereavement counselor. There is no cost involved for those attending
Please support anyone you know you have been bereaved in this way by giving them this information.
If you wish to attend or need further information please contact, Breda at 051 312010 or 086 6045805 or Ann @087 9351754

Annual General Meeting

April 2nd, 2015

Annual General Meeting Saturday 25th of April 2014 @ 11.30pm,
Members of Peer Family Support Groups you are invited to this year’s SER Family Support Network’s Annual General. The AGM is an opportunity for family members, voluntary facilitators, management committee and others to come together and discuss issues, receive information and network with other groups. Please join us, for further details contact Breda at 086 6045804

April 2nd, 2015

Relaxation Art Therapy Workshop Saturday 25th of April @ 2-5 pm

Family Members enjoy finding your creativity through art, paint and clay.
Help us create a communal art piece
With ART Therapist Sandra Kelly


February 12th, 2015

Workshop for Families of Prisoners
Saturday 28 February,

We are organising this workshop because we know that one of the tragic repercussions of drug use for families is seeing their loved ones go to prison or in involved with the criminal justice system.
The aim of this workshop is to help with many of the practical and emotional issues such as visits, drug treatment in prisons, procedures for bringing children to visit, maintain family life and dealing with the worries for loved ones in prison.

This workshop is being delivered with the support of U-Casadh, a social inclusion project who provide support to people who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.
All facilitators and family members are encouraged to attend.

For further information please contact Breda 086 6045805