If you are looking to address your alcohol use, we recommend seeking professional support before you start to cut down.

Alcohol dependence is when your body requires alcohol to function normally. Not everyone who misuses alcohol is dependent but reducing the amount you drink without professional support can be dangerous. If you experience any of the following we recommend speaking to your GP:

  • seizures (fits)
  • hand tremors (‘the shakes’)
  • sweating
  • seeing things that are not actually real (visual hallucinations)
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • difficulty sleeping (insomnia)

Regardless of your alcohol intake we still recommend you speak with a local service or your GP to discuss your options for achieving your goals.

I am looking for support
around alcohol

Everyone’s journey to cutting down on alcohol is different and deciding the best support for you depends on your drinking patterns and life situation.

There is no one size fits all approach and everyone’s journey is unique to them. 


What are my options?

Below is a list of the main treatment options that may be able to support you if you are looking to make changes in your alcohol use.

Find a service near you…

The services listed on this site are based in Dublin mainly within, or adjacent to, the following Drug and Alcohol Task Force Areas: Dublin 12, The South Inner City, Ballyfermot and The Canal Communities (Rialto, Inchicore and Bluebell).

If you are looking for information on supports outside of these areas we recommend you get in contact with the HSE Drug and Alcohol Helpline.

Please note that further information is available for some services by clicking “+”

Peer Supports

The main focus of peer support groups is to provide a safe space where individuals with shared experience can support and empower each other. Examples of peer support groups for individuals in addiction and addiction recovery are: LifeRing, SMART Recovery, AA, and NA.

Please find a list of services offering peer supports here.

Community Organisations

There are a variety of free confidential services in the community that offer support to anyone looking to address their alcohol use in a non-residential setting. These services offer psychosocial supports such as key working, groups/day programmes, counselling supports, aftercare supports, family supports and a variety of other services. Each service varies in the supports they provide. They initially offer an assessment to determine the individuals needs and advise on a plan that would be best suited in supporting someone to achieve their goals.

Please refer to key-working and day programme supports to find a list of community organisations that may be able to support you.


A keyworker is a point of contact with a particular organisation. They help you to identify your goals around your alcohol/drug use and other aspects of your life. The key worker will work with you to create a care plan which is a treatment plan that outlines the support and care required to help you to achieve your goals. The key worker will advocate on your behalf and will liaise with other services and make referrals with consent.

Please find a list of services offering key working support here.

Day Programmes

Groups and day programmes offer a chance for people with similar experiences to help and inspire each other.

These programmes are generally provided by community organizations and are aimed at people who are actively drinking/using substances and would like support in reducing, or ceasing their consumption in a community setting.

Some services also offer aftercare programmes aimed at individuals who are drug/alcohol free and would like support in their recovery.

Please find a list of services offering group and day programmes here.

Medically Supervised Community Alcohol Detox
Those who are alcohol dependent or who have been drinking large ammounts of alcohol for a long period of time may need to engage in a Community Alcohol Detoxification . This is a process where an individual is prescribed medication that helps them to manage withdrawal symptoms as they cut down their drinking through medical supervision of a GP with support from a community organisation through key working or group support. Not everyone who is alcohol dependent will require a medical detox but it is still highly recommended that you discuss your alcohol use with your GP before you start to cut down and engage with psychosocial supports to assist you in the process.

Please find a list of services offering support if you require a medical detox from your GP here.


Counselling and psychotherapy can sometimes be an effective method to overcome the challenges of alcohol misuse and alcohol dependency. The focus on treatment is generally aimed at supporting the individual to overcome urges and learn coping techniques and skills to deal with their addiction. It offers a space whereby the individual can safely explore the source of the behaviour and supports the individual to reach a level of self-awareness that assists them in recovery. Different services have different criteria for accessing counselling supports. They also vary from being free, to low-cost to sliding scale depending on your circumstances, so we recommend you contact them directly for more information.

Please find a list of services offering counselling supports here.

Residential/Inpatient Detoxification

There are a range of both public and private residential treatment services around the country. Residential Treatment involves staying in a treatment facility for a period of time. Some individuals may require in-patient detoxification where they have medical supervision. We recommend if you are looking for residential treatment to contact one of the community organisations who will be able to advise you on accessing residential supports, and support you with the referral process. Alternatively contact the HSE Drug and Alcohol Helpline who may be able to offer more information.

Please find a list of services offering residential support progammes here.

All services vary slightly in their approach but they all will work with you and support you to ensure you are offered appropriate supports to achieve your goals. If you are unsure about what route you would like to take we recommend you use the guide below and contact one of the services who will discuss the right treatment path for you.