Alcohol is Still the Primary Addiction – Talbot Grove Report

Con Cremin, Talbot Grove, Castleisland. Photograph: Don MacMonagle
Talbot Grove Executive Director, Con Cremin pictured at the Castleisland treatment centre. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Treatment figures and statistics released by the Castleisland based addiction treatment centre, Talbot Grove this week show that alcohol continues to be the main drug of addiction in Irish Society.

The report also shows that 85% of all participants successfully complete the residential treatment programme at the centre.

Prestigious Award

Talbot Grove was recently awarded the prestigious ISO 9001: 2008 for excellence in Systems & Processes supporting the delivery of services, and also re-accredited with the CHKS Accreditation Award for Healthcare.

It has also been selected for the second year running as one of the principal charities of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle to help with fundraising for future planned development.

The centre was established in 1993 to provide residential service for people with addictions, including alcohol, gambling, drugs and other related issues and to support families living with addiction.

Private and Peaceful

It provides a pleasant, private and peaceful therapeutic environment in a homely setting surrounded by secluded gardens. All treatments are broadly based on a combination of the Minnesota Model of Addiction Treatment and the 12 Step approach originally developed by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Services are delivered by a team of professionally qualified and highly experienced addiction counsellors.

The figures also reveal that those seeking treatment were predominately male (63%) with 37% female and 55% of all participants are in full employment and educated with 42% completing Leaving Certificate and 27% having a third level qualification.

Participants tend to seek treatment as they get older with 58% of all participants over 40 years of age.

Primary Addiction Issue

While alcohol is the primary addiction issue presenting, many of those seeking help will also have problems with other substances such as benzodiazepines, over the counter medications, opiates, cannabis and cocaine, or have gambling, eating disorders or other addiction issues.

Statistics were collated from anonymized data supplied to the Health Research Board from total of 137 participants in Talbot Grove in 2016.

“Talbot Grove’s excellent residential treatment programme completion rate, and the high numbers who continue to attend our aftercare services, compares very favourably with other addiction treatment facilities nationally,” said Con Cremin, the centre’s executive director.

Personal Journey To Recovery

“We attribute our success in treating addiction to our ethos of only working with a small group with a maximum capacity of 12. We can completely focus on each participant as they take their personal journey on the road to recovery.

“The profile of person that comes to Talbot Grove is very broad, crossing all sectors of society and reflects the fact that addiction doesn’t respect social and geographic distinctions as it can affect anyone, as shown in the released figures.

Vital and Valuable

“It is also very clear that alcohol continues to be the main drug of addiction in Irish society, and hopefully the new National Drug Strategy will reflect this.

“Equally the success and value of residential treatment is reflected by the figures released and they show that Talbot Grove is a vital and valuable service to have in the South West of the country, and that the residential nature of the service is key to the success of many people in starting their life of recovery from addiction,” said Mr. Cremin.

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