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Alcohol is issue for most at addiction centre Jun 7, 2017 More than 60% of the clients who attended an addiction treatment centre last year are holding down full-time jobs. Of those who attend programmes at the centre, alcohol is still the number one drug for the majority and is abused in combination with other substances by other clients. New figures compiled by Talbot Grove in Castleisland, Co. Kerry, reveal that over half of all clients are referred by either a family member or friend and not a medical professional. Over 38% of people sought help on their own behalf and only 8% were referred by the Health Service Executive (HSE). The statistics also reveal that 27% had a third-level qualification and almost 70% had sat the Leaving Certificate. The centre is also dealing with more women seeking help for addiction problems and this usually relates to alcohol abuse in the home. Independent senator Frances Black is a former client and sought help for her addiction issues at the Kerry centre. The age profile of clients is also startling as six in ten are over the age of 40. Con Cremin has been the director of Talbot Grove since 1996. He says the statistics are reflective of Talbot Grove’s rural base and the profile of their clients would differ from an addiction treatment centre in an urban area. “Alcohol abuse is still the main issue for about three-quarters of the people who come here and it’s either them or their family makes the first phone call to us and not a doctor or other medical professional,” he said. “What’s also significant, though not surprising, is that 85% of the people who came in here last year completed the residential course.” Talbot Grove was founded by a voluntary group in 1993 and deals with adult clients mainly from a rural hinterland in Kerry, Cork and Limerick, who complete a 30-day residential programme followed by a further two years of continuous care. Of the 15% who didn’t stay the course, most would have left against staff advice, two people were asked to leave and one had to be medically discharged. Mr Cremin clarified that of those who left against staff advice, most felt after 10 days they had done enough and could handle the rest of their recovery themselves. “The more rural people are in their geography, the more self-sufficient and self-reliant they are. “So very often, they will seek help in crisis but once the crisis subsides, they will generally try to sort it out on their own,” he said, adding that this was particularly true of peninsular people. Last year, the centre dealt with 137 clients, including 86 men and 51 women. Forty-two of these were over the age of 50 and only 11 were aged between 18 and 24. Alcohol was the main problem substance for 105 or 77% of clients. Cannabis use was a factor 8% and cocaine, opiates and benzodiazepines effected 5, 4% and 2%, respectively. Addictions to gambling, spending, gaming, porn or sex were the main issues for 6% of clients. Apart from the 137 people who sought treatment, the centre also offered support to 371 family members or significant others. Talbot Grove can cater for up to 12 people at a time, who are accommodated in its five twin or treble bedrooms. It occupies the former presbytery on the outskirts of the town and is largely self-funding but also receives some support from the HSE. Read More

One of Ireland’s leading Addiction Treatment Centres, Talbot Grove, Jun 6, 2017

One of Ireland’s leading Addiction Treatment Centres, Talbot Grove, releases participant treatment statistics for 2016 85% of all participants successfully complete Residential Treatment Programme at Talbot Grove Alcohol continues to be the main drug of addiction in Irish society Success and value of residential treatment is reflected by the Talbot Grove figures Tuesday 6th June, 2017 Talbot Grove Addiction Treatment Centre, Castleisland, County Kerry, has today released its annual treatment statistics report for 2016. The only facility of its kind in the South-West of Ireland, the report affirms the Centre’s reputation as a national leader in the treatment of addiction, with 85% of Talbot Grove participants successfully completing their 30 day Residential Programme. The newly released 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. Family was the main source of referral at 48%, with self referral at 39%, followed by HSE financially supported referrals at 8%. The Talbot Grove figures show that the primary reason people seek treatment* (but not exclusive) is alcohol at 77%, followed by cannabis at 11%. There was a small, but significant increase in those seeking treatment for Cocaine use from 3 - 5%, reflecting trends nationally. For more information - The Talbot Grove report highlights that location is a strong influence on where those suffering from addiction seek treatment and 47% of residential participants were from Kerry, with 22% from Cork and 17% from Limerick. As almost half of referrals are from family members, they then continue to play an important role in the treatment programme at Talbot Grove with the majority of participants in the residential programme having 3 or more family members/significant others, involved in the Family Support programmes run at Talbot Grove. Con Cremin, Executive Director, Talbot Grove “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. We attribute our success in treating addiction to our ethos of only working with a small group (maximum capacity of 12), so 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. 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 by Talbot Grove. 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” Talbot Grove 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. Talbot Grove 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 & highly experienced Addiction Counsellors. Talbot Grove was recently awarded the prestigious ISO 9001: 2008 for excellence in Systems & Processes supporting the delivery of services, and also reaccredited 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. BACKGROUND INFORMATION * Alcohol is the primary addiction issue presenting, however many of those 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 collated from anonymized data supplied to the Health Research Board from total of 137 participants in Talbot Grove in 2016. Read More

Minister Byrne Drops in on Talbot Grove Mar 14, 2017

Minister of State for Communities and National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD, paid a visit to Talbot Grove, addiction treatment centre here in Castleisland on Friday. Minister Byrne was invited by Talbot Grove Executive Director, Con Cremin, who gave her a guided tour and introduced her to key members of the team and those receiving treatment at the centre. Talbot Grove was recently awarded the prestigious ISO 9001: 2008 for excellence in Systems & Processes supporting the delivery of services, and also reaccredited with the CHKS Accreditation Award for Healthcare. Significance of Awards Con Cremin outlined to Minister Byrne the significance of these awards and the high standard of treatment on offer at Talbot Grove. They discussed the challenges of providing these services with what is essentially a self-financing voluntary organisation, while acknowledging the support from the HSE and the Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force which comes under the remit of her department. He also outlined to Minister Byrne their major development plans for new facilities on their grounds in Castleisland, which will ensure the continuity of this valuable service for future generations and emerging needs. Committed Support Minister Byrne committed her support to Talbot Grove in accessing Capital Funding from the State toward the development plans. Read More

The 2017 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Feb 20, 2017

We are delighted to be able to inform you that Talbot Grove (Addiction & Family Services) has been selected again this year as a main beneficiary of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. Last year’s event was a great success for Talbot Grove, with €111,000 being raised by cyclists towards the fund for the new facility on our grounds in Castleisland. We are very grateful to all who contributed as cyclists, sponsors and volunteers in making it such a success. The 2017 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle will take place on Saturday 1st July, with registration opening on Saturday 25th February 2017. We would be delighted if you and other family, friends and associates would select Talbot Grove as your charity for this event. All registration will be done online with a €100 registration fee on a first come first served basis, with additional donation/fundraising options being available upon registration and in the coming months. We will be able to send you a link prior to registration which will take you directly to our registration page. I attach a press release from the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle for your information and will be in touch with you again in the days prior to registration Read More

Alcohol and other drugs kill two people a day in Ireland Dec 14, 2016

Alcohol and other drugs kill two people a day in Ireland Fatalities up 62% over 10 years, with half of those who died aged 39 or younger Two people a day died from causes related to alcohol and other drug use in 2014, according to latest figures from the Health Research Board. Read More

If your parent has a drink problem, you could be spending Christmas walking on eggshells Dec 8, 2016

If your parent has a drink problem, you could be spending Christmas walking on eggshells The pressure to drink is intense and, if a parent has a drink problem, the result for everybody else can be a Christmas spent walking on eggshells, or worse. A UK charity, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, publishes advice each spring for those affected, but I think it’s worth repeating in the lead-in to Christmas. Read More

Kerry addiction centre director says Deputy Brendan Griffin is poorly informed on alcohol bill Nov 28, 2016

Kerry addiction centre director says Deputy Brendan Griffin is poorly informed on alcohol bill. The executive director of an alcohol addiction treatment centre in Kerry says Fine Gael deputy Brendan Griffin is poorly informed about the Public Health Alcohol Bill. Con Cremin of Talbot Grove Addiction Treatment Centre in Castleisland describes the bill as a supportive piece of legislation, by reducing the harm associated with alcohol, by addressing its over consumption in Ireland. In a discussion about the bill, Deputy Griffin referenced studies that showed sugar to be a more addictive substance than cocaine. He said he was not comparing fatty or sugary foods to alcohol or drugs, but believes informing people better about the dangers of alcohol consumption would be better than banning it or putting it out of sight. He says this measure is being introduced without proven health benefits. Mr. Cremin says Deputy Griffin is poorly informed: Read More

The growing Irish problem of gambling addiction May 10, 2016

The Executive Director of Talbot Grove talks with Radio Kerry on the growing problem of Gambling in Ireland. A former gambler gives an insight into gambling addiction and how Talbot Grove gave him the tools to get his life back on Track. Read More