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What if I am Not Sure what I Need?

For an informal chat, you can call in Monday to Friday 9.00 –1.00 or 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. and speak to a member of our reception team.  You can also call ARAS on 045-488670. You can also e-mail us at receptionaras@pmvtrust.ie.

We aim to respond to all general and referral enquiries the same or next working day.

At ARAS, we understand how difficult it can be to take those first steps when you are contemplating change, so you are welcome to bring a family member or friend at this stage, for support if appropriate.

How Can I access ARAS Services:

If you would like to make a self-referral to ARAS, you can call in, Monday to Friday 9.00 –1.00 or 2.00 - 5.00 p.m. and speak to a member of the ARAS reception team.

An ARAS receptionist will complete the ARAS Initial Contact procedure with you, which will take no longer than ten minutes and begins the referral process.

You will then receive a call from a Project Worker to arrange a date with you for an Initial Assessment.

Outside Agencies can also make a referral clicking of the Service Section and filling in the referral form or by printing and e-mailing the Agency Referral form on the Refer Someone to ARAS page.


Our service is self referral, so therefore you cannot make a referral on behalf of a family member or friend.          If you would like to access support for yourself please contact any member of staff for information.


At this stage you will be placed on the waiting list for Assessment or counselling.  You will be encouraged to take part in our Relapse Prevention Workshops and made aware of our Auricular Acupuncture and our Drop In Service, all of which are available to you immediately.

ARAS Drop-In Service

The ARAS Drop-In Service is a facilitated service for individuals to receive advice, information and support on substance use problems and/or referral to other services e.g. HSE Outreach Team, Simon Community Housing Team, Probation Service etc.  You do not need an appointment to attend and this service is open to anyone on the ARAS Waiting List or in Treatment/Aftercare with ARAS.

The ARAS Drop-In Service takes place as follows:

Newbridge                  Tuesday             11.00 to 1.00

Thursday             2.00 to 4.00

Auricular Acupuncture

Auricular Acupuncture sessions take place during the Tuesday Drop in at 11.30am, 12pm and 12 30pm and will last for 20 minutes each session.  The auricular acupuncture is available to anyone in attendance at this drop-in service, with GP consent needed from anyone with health issues.

ARAS Presentation and Relapse Prevention Workshops

Newbridge              Tuesday        10.00 to 11.00

This is an introduction to ARAS. They are basic presentations that explain our service and each week has a different topic. In all, there are 7 different weeks that provide basic information on how to reduce and stop problem misuse. We can provide a certificate of attendance, if required.

Initial Assessment

 An Initial Assessment is completed with an ARAS Project Worker and takes approximately one hour.  It is an opportunity to discuss the nature and extent of current substance use problems and identify further treatment if required.  After the assessment you will be allocated a Keyworker who will support you in working through your goals.

 Care Planning

After the assessment you will be assigned a keyworker. You agree your goals and interventions with your keyworker which will be your individual care plan that is regularly reviewed.

Keywork with Project Worker

Keyworking helps you to achieve your goals by helping you to work through the problem areas that are negatively affecting your life. It can involve, referral, support, relapse prevention, stabilization and/or abstinence

Group Programmes


These are CLOSED groups held each Wednesday evening from 6.00 to 7.30 pm. and the SMART Day Programme held on Thursday morning from 10.00 to 11.30.

These groups are Self-Management and Recovery Training support groups for ARAS clients. Clients need to be referred into them by a Keyworker.

*ARAS organise different groups based on the need*