Archive for September, 2016

Nat. Drug Strategy Public Consultation

Monday, 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

Monday, 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