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What services are available at ARAS Community Services?

ARAS provides the following services to all new and re-engaging clients

Referrals. Project workers can assist clients in making referrals for residential detox and rehabilitation treatment centres, community detox, counselling, housing, education and training.


Key Working. ARAS offers up to six key working sessions for clients wishing to start to explore issues related to substance misuse and other related areas of life.  During this period an individual care plan is created with your project worker and personal goals are set and reviewed.  If at the end of this period you would like further key working sessions it can be reviewed by the team and further sessions may be offered.


Counselling. Counselling provides the time and space to explore issues that may be deeper rooted.  Where a need is identified, a referral is made by your project worker to an ARAS counsellor onsite or to the HSE Counselling Team..


Drop-In. ARAS drop ins take place every Tuesday 11 am - 1 pm and every Thursday between 2 pm - 4 pm.  You do not need an appointment to attend the drop-in.


HSE Harm Reduction Drop In and Needle Exchange. Takes place in Newbridge every Tuesday 11 am - 1 pm and Thursdays 2 pm - 4 pm. For more information about this service you can contact the outreach workers Suzanne Bonass 086 8065013 or Des Caprani 086 6041015


Group Work. Throughout the year ARAS organise different groups based on the need:

  • The Stabillization Day Programme – This group is 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 morning 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.
  • Auricular Acupuncture group - Auricular Acupuncture sessions take place on Tuesday’s at 11:30 am, 12 pm and 12:30 pm 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.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.
  • SMART GROUP - This is a CLOSED group held each Wednesday 6pm to 7 30pm and Thursday 10-11:30am. These groups are Self-Management and Recovery Training support groups for ARAS clients. Clients need to be referred into them by a Keyworker.