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Aftercare/Continuing Care

Aftercare Reduces the Risk of Relapse

At Smarmore Castle, we understand that addiction is a lifelong condition, and this is why we continue to support patients after they have completed their treatment with us. We consider aftercare essential to reduce the risk of relapse after our patients have returned to their homes and that is why we ensure our patients are equipped with an individualised two year continuing care plan when they complete treatment.Aftercare Groups at Smarmore Castle are free of charge.

We provide ongoing support, making sure that they have all the resources and tools they need to maintain their sobriety and reintegrate into their daily lives. 

Free Group Therapy in Continuing Care

After leaving Smarmore Castle, patients are encouraged to attend continuing care group therapy sessions. These are held on a weekly basis at Smarmore Castle in County Louth and in central Dublin.  There are also groups in Scotland for patients returning to Scotland, as well as in Holland.  It is recommended that patients attend these groups for at least two years after finishing their treatment with us. All sessions are free of charge.

Continuing Care in Other Locations

For patients who are unable to access group therapy in any of the available locations – Smarmore Castle provides a course of one-to-one tele-therapy to help patients through the early weeks and months of recovery.  Our therapy staff also work with our outreach team to identify local resources that may be accessible whether for free, or for an additional charge. 

Dublin Aftercare Group

Smarmore Castle Private Clinic is pleased to announce the launching of the Dublin Aftercare Group. This group will take place every Monday, beginning on February 11. Details are as follows:

Day: Monday

Time: 19:00 to 20:45

Location: 25 Dame Street Dublin (Suite 6)

The location for Dublin Aftercare Group is at 25 Dame Street.

PLEASE NOTE: Typing that address in Google Maps will NOT direct you to the exact location and may lead you astray. Instead, the venue can be found by locating either the iconic “Rick’s Burgers” take-away or “Hely’s Bar.” The aftercare venue is directly between those two buildings, and you can identify it by a protruding sign above the entry door that reads “Dame House.” Once you are in the building, you go up one flight of stairs, turn to your right, and the group takes place in Suite 6. 

Facilitator: Billy Anderson

Please note:

  • Group Members must be abstinent (all mood-altering drugs and processes)
  • This is a mixed-gender gender group.
  • The aftercare group will work to support the growth and recovery of the client.  
  • The advantage of an aftercare group is that members commit to attend weekly for a period. Thus, members get to know each other and can give feedback and challenge to each other to support the personal and life changes necessary for recovery. 
  • Next Step – Telephone 041 214 5111 to confirm your place at the aftercare programme
  • Teletherapy Sessions

Support Within Your Community

We refer our clients back to their GP or to the original medical practitioners involved in their care. We also arrange for a contact within the local AA/NA fellowship to act as a ‘sponsor’ and help introduce them to these essential support groups.

Visiting Smarmore Castle

Former patients are welcome to return to Smarmore Castle at any point to receive help or guidance. We organise weekly continuing care group therapy sessions which are free of charge. We are also happy to arrange personal therapy sessions if required.

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Last updated & clinically assessed 21 October, 2021