Increasing numbers seeking support from Tabor Group

Announcing the publication today of its Annual Report, Denis Healy, Chairman of Tabor Group, reported a 4.5% increase in the number of people admitted to Tabor Lodge - Tabor Group’s primary addiction treatment centre in 2018.  “Alcohol continues to remain the Drug of Choice” he said, with nearly seven out of ten people seeking help for alcohol related problems at Tabor Group.

Across its three residential centres, over 300 people accessed treatment for addiction in 2018. “A variety of agencies refer clients to Tabor Group” Mr Healy said, “however we have seen an increasing number of clients self-presenting for treatment in 2018, up 5% from 2017” he added.

In the new figures compiled by Tabor Group, it reveals that 67% of all clients presented with alcohol related problems in 2018, this is up 2% from 2017. 93% of all clients successfully completed their primary residential treatment programme at Tabor Lodge. The biggest change in the age profile of clients presenting for treatment at Tabor Lodge was in the 45-54 age bracket, where a 5% increase was seen from 2017. Tabor Group’s – Continuing Care and Family Support Programmes were attended by 184 and 454 people respectively.

The number of people presenting with Opiate/Heroin addiction was down from 8% to 5% in 2018. However, cocaine use amongst clients presenting for treatment has more than trebled since 2016 up from 4% to 13%, with Cannabis also up 1% in the past year. “The patterns that we have seen over the last number of years continued throughout 2018 with high numbers of clients presenting with poly-drug use and dual diagnosis of mental illnesses” Mr Healy continued.

At ‘Tabor Renewal’, Tabor Group’s - Secondary Addiction Treatment Centre for Women, 90% of the 51 clients admitted in 2018 cited alcohol as their ‘Drug of Choice’.  Slightly higher numbers were reported for ‘Tabor Fellowship House”, Tabor Group’s Secondary Addiction Treatment Centre for Men, where 94% of clients reported alcohol as their ‘Drug of Choice’. Addiction to alcohol alone was rarely seen; with large numbers reporting polydrug use, - with ecstasy, cannabis, cocaine, heroin and prescribed medication being reported.

Demand for places at Tabor Group’s secondary addiction treatment centres - Tabor Renewal and Tabor Fellowship House “remains continuously high which is an indication of the challenges faced by men and woman in our communities” Mr Healy added.  2018 saw Tabor Fellowship House move back into its permanent home in Spur Hill, following the completion of a €4.8m redevelopment supported by Department of Housing Planning and Local Government, Cork County Council and the HSE.

The new Tabor Fellowship House saw capacity increase from 10 residents to 22 and a further 11 units of accommodation provided for people who have completed their addiction treatment programme but require a step-down model of independent living while having access to ongoing support and care. This new project is addressing both the growing addiction issue in Ireland as well as the increasing homelessness issue.

For more information contact:
Sharon O’Donoghue, Tabor Group Marketing Manager
E: M: 086 3800 991

About Tabor Group
Tabor Group is a leading provider of residential addiction treatment services in Ireland. Offering hope, healing and recovery to addicted people and their families through an integrated and caring service. We provide support and care to hundreds of clients each year suffering from addictions to alcohol, substances, gambling and food.
Tabor Group is comprised of three residential addiction treatment centres: Tabor Lodge, Tabor Renewal and Tabor Fellowship House.  Tabor Lodge first opened in 1989 and began providing treatment for people suffering with alcohol misuse.  Since then, the services have grown to three centres providing support and care to people suffering with addictions to alcohol, substances, gambling and food.
Facilities include:
Tabor Lodge                                    Primary Residential Treatment Centre
Tabor Fellowship House               Secondary Residential Centre for Men
Tabor Renewal                               Secondary Residential Treatment Centre for Women