042 93 38221 / 042 93 38224 info@turascounselling.ie

Turas offers a 15 week programme that balances group work and personal development with individual counselling.

The programme is divided into two sections with the initial five weeks focusing on introducing group work and personal awareness in relation to relapse prevention ( New members can continue to join in this initial programme stage.)

This programme is followed by a ten week Structured Day Programme, two days a week 10am-3pm, incorporating a number of workshops and group work toward self-empowerment.  In addition throughout the process one-to-one counselling is attended.

We employ procedures and techniques drawn from a wide range of Therapeutic and Life Skills Theorists, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Systemic
  • Person Centred
  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Motivational and Life Skills Techniques

Throughout the programme a series of workshops are delivered on:

  • Relapse awareness / prevention / management
  • Substance awareness
  • Stress and relaxation
  • Assertiveness
  • Anger management
  • Conflict management
  • Social skills
  • Art workshops and social activities
  • A range of workshops to promote positive mental health including self-esteem / self-perception / self-nurturing attention is paid to the area of self harm and suicide
  • Personal development plan
  • Mental health

Programme Aims

The Programme aims to provide emotional and practical support to clients as they develop self-agency and to equip and empower them to live drug free.

The Way Forward
Charting or mapping with the individual client the way forward by:

  • Exploring options of further or higher education
  • Leisure courses
  • Voluntary or paid employment

Eligibility Criteria

  • Over 18 years of age
  • One month drug/alcohol free
  • Available to engage in two full days of group work a week for fifteen weeks
  • If on the Methadone Programme, the client must be stabilized for a period of one month
  • If there are past mental health concerns, the clients current mental health must be stable
  • If on prescribed medication, client must be medication compliant

Referrals Process

After an application is received members from the Turas team will meet with applicants individually to complete an initial assessment and assess their suitability for the programme.

If someone isn’t ready for the Structured Day Programme staff can refer them for other supports in Turas.



  • This service will be available to clients assessed by HSE Addiction Team and deemed suitable for inclusion in the Programme.
  • We also seek to target appropriate referrals from other services such as probation / court services, community support groups and local doctors.
  • We will also accept self-referrals which are assessed as appropriate. Here is a copy of our Referral Form which you can fill out and drop into Turas. One of our staff will make an appointment for you.