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Numbers admitted to Tabor Lodge rise in 2018

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019 4:31pm

There was a 4.5 per cent increase in the number of people admitted to Tabor Lodge in 2018, with alcohol remaining the key reason for people seeking help.

The increase was revealed in the addiction treatment centre's annual report with alcohol remaining as the drug of choice. Nearly seven out of ten people seek help for alcohol related problems at Tabor Group. Furthermore, across its three residential centres, over 300 people accessed treatment for addiction in 2018.

Denis Healy, Chairman of Tabor Group said: “A variety of agencies refer clients to Tabor Group, however we have seen an increasing number of clients self-presenting for treatment in 2018, up five per cent from 2017.”

In the new figures compiled by Tabor Group, it reveals that 67 per cent of all clients presented with alcohol related problems in 2018, up two per cent from 2017.

A very positive figure of 93 per cent of all clients successfully completed their primary residential treatment programme at Tabor Lodge.

The number of people presenting with opiate/heroin addiction was down from eight per cent to five per cent in 2018. However, cocaine use amongst clients presenting for treatment has more than trebled since 2016 up from four per cent to 13 per cent, with cannabis also up one per cent in the past year.

“The patterns that we have seen over the last number of years continued throughout 2018 with high numbers of clients presenting with poly-drug use and dual diagnosis of mental illnesses,” Mr Healy continued.

“Demand for places at Tabor Group’s secondary addiction treatment centres, Tabor Renewal and Tabor Fellowship House, remains continuously high which is an indication of the challenges faced by men and woman in our communities,” Mr Healy added.

2018 saw Tabor Fellowship House move back into its permanent home in Spur Hill, following the completion of a €4.8m redevelopment supported by Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, Cork County Council and the HSE.

The new Tabor Fellowship House saw capacity increase from ten residents to 22 and a further 11 units of accommodation provided for people who have completed their addiction treatment programme but require a step-down model of independent living while having access to ongoing support and care.

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