Clients must be 18 years of age or over. Clients must be on 50mls or less of prescribed methadone daily. For benzodiazepine detoxes, clients must be on 30mgs or less of prescribed Valium daily. Clients must be stable and drug-free of all other illicit substances and to have this confirmed by urine analysis. Clients are considered stable after they have provided 4 opiate free urine samples and 2 benzodiazepine free drug samples. Clients who also use cannabis are advised to reduce their cannabis consumption in the weeks prior to admission and stop using cannabis in the week before admission. However, given the length of time that it takes cannabis to leave the system, a positive urine result will not prevent a client from being admitted to the unit. If alcohol is identified as a problem for a client, we will seek additional support from the local & referral agencies to work with a client on this issue prior to admission. Clients on other prescribed medication, for example anti-depressants / anti-psychotics, will be assessed on an individual basis in terms of assessing whether the St Francis Farm detox is the most appropriate service to meet their needs. The client’s GP and/or psychiatrist will need to provide up-to-date reports for clients presenting with complex mental health / medical conditions, including histories of self-harm and suicide ideation/attempts. Where necessary Probation officers / Solicitors will be asked to provide information on previous / pending court cases and convictions for arson, weapons, sexual and violent offences. No offer of an admission place will be made to a client, without an agreed pathway back into a methadone and /or benzodiazepine prescribing community service, in the event of a breakdown of the residential detox treatment.
Unfortunately, there is a real and ongoing need for increased drug treatment services and supports from stabilisation, through to detox and post-treatment supports and drug-free aftercare housing. Peter McVerry Trust continues to engage with the HSE, local drug task forces and the Minister for Drugs to make positive progress in this area.
As part of this month’s #InsideOurServices we are taking a closer look at the work of the Residential Community Detox.
Can I phone friends and family while I’m on the programme? Yes, each client can make two 10 minute personal calls each week, one on Wednesday and one on Sunday. Clients do not receive personal calls or have mobile phones, however there is no limit on the number of letters you can write or receive while on the programme.
Peter McVerry Trust continues to review its services in order to best respond to the needs of people impacted by homelessness and drug misuse. With the recent addition of additional capacity on-site, we can now offer people treatment beds immediately after they have completed their detox.