Groups Information

Groups ARAS Runs

ARAS both runs and hosts different groups. This page explains them.

The Stabilisation Day Programme

ARAS Drop In Centre, Newbridge

ARAS Drop In Centre, Newbridge

A 10 week group suitable for male and female clients, who are looking to reduce their use, stop their use or who are in recovery.  The group runs one afternoon a week.  It is a closed group i.e. there are no new members admitted once the group has begun.  Participants must commit to attending at least 8 out of ten sessions and need to be capable of reading and writing their own words.  Please ask your project worker when the next group information meeting is taking place.

Relapse Prevention Day Programme

A 10 week group for male and female ARAS clients who are in recovery or medically stabilized with an abstinence goal.  It is a closed group also and participants need to be capable of reading and writing their own words.  Please ask your project worker when the next group information meeting is taking place.

Auricular Acupuncture Group

ARAS Auricular Accupuncture Room

ARAS Auricular Accupuncture Room

Takes place every Monday @ 2.00pm (excluding bank holidays).  It is an open group, i.e. clients can come to the group whenever they like. Auricular acupuncture has many health benefits including- a reduction in withdrawal symptoms and cravings for drugs or alcohol, a reduction in anxiety and stress, improved sleeping pattern and overall improved general health and wellbeing. Please ask your project worker for more information if necessary.

Does ARAS Host Other Groups?

ARAS currently hosts four groups: ASK a client user forum, two different twelve step groups and a suicide support group.

ASK: Addiction Services Kildare Users Forum

Counselling Room

Counselling Room

A.S.K. Users Forum mission is to keep the service user at the centre of Kildare substance misuse services. ASK endeavors to do this by advocating for the needs of the service users to be central while working in partnership with relevant service providers. Please contact Kenny Hartnett for further information @ 085 7441208

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have /had become a major problem.  The meetings are open to anyone experiencing or who has experienced substance misuse.  The only requirement for membership is a desire for change.  There are no dues or fees for membership and you do not need an appointment to attend the meetings. For further information you can contact Narcotics Anonymous Ireland – Irish Regional Service Committee, 29 Bride St., Dublin 8 Tel: +353 (0)1 6728000 (Information Line Only) | Email: info@na-ireland.org

Cocaine Anonymous

ARAS Drop In Centre, Newbridge

ARAS Drop In Centre, Newbridge

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.  The meetings are open to anyone experiencing or who has experienced substance misuse (not just cocaine use). The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. There are no dues or fees for membership and you do not need an appointment to attend the meetings. For further information you can contact the cocaine anonymous information line @ 085 1859325 or the cocaine anonymous helpline @ 087 3174989 or look up their website www.caireland.net (opens in new window).

Open Twelve Step Group

For people with a desire to stop taking drugs and work a 12 step programme. Please contact  085 7441208 for further details.

Hope (d) Group

The Hope (d) group takes place every first Wednesday of the month @ 8.00pm.  The group is for people who have been affected by suicide.  You do not need an appointment to attend the group but if you would like some further information you can contact a member of hope (d) staff @ (087) 1513535