Westbourne House provides a nurturing, holistic, safe and person-centred environment for women to address the difficulties and issues they have faced in addiction. The programme is based on empowering women to change the behaviours that have led and supported them in their addiction, and to develop the skills and positive behaviours that will support them in a substance free life of recovery.
Westbourne House is the second mother and child programme in the country, Coolmine Ashleigh House was the first. Westbourne House is a residential Therapeutic Community for women, expectant women, and mothers with young children. Often a major barrier for mothers seeking help from their addiction is the fear of being separated from their children.
One of the biggest traumatic events for a mother is the possibility of being separated from their children. Having opened in May 2022 in Limerick, our childcare programme is accessible to all mums partaking in the residential programme. Support, guidance and advice, through both staff and the PUP programme, is provided where needed, so mums don’t feel isolated.
The childcare programme in our dedicated creche in Westbourne House is accessible to all parents partaking in the programme. Mothers can feel safe in the knowledge that their children are being cared for at their various stages of development in a safe, secure, nurturing and caring environment, while they are able to focus on their own addiction support needs for the duration of their residency.
Westbourne house operates from inter-agency approach to enhance outcomes for clients impacted by problematic use in the Mid-West, also providing families with the tools they may need to support their loved one’s in their recovery.
I am a mother with young children and do not have someone who can care for them full time, is there a programme option that will allow me to get treatment and continue to care for my kids?
Yes, Westbourne House is one of our two mother and child residential programmes that may be suited to your needs. These programmes will allow you get into treatment and have your kids stay with you throughout. There is an onsite crèche that you can use while you attend your groups and therapy sessions.
Whether you choose a residential or day/community service, there is a standard set of programmes and interventions.
A behavioural approach to treatment is supported by a therapeutic programme which provides emotional management, life skills and educational workshops to support behavioural changes in thoughts, feelings and behaviours that feed your drug and alcohol use. The idea behind these interventions is to allow you to see any your self-destructive behaviours and how they negatively impact your life.
These interventions come in the form of Group and One to One therapy sessions, addiction and behavioural educational workshops, and learning to practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques
You will be welcomed into our programme and will have the support of a Big Brother/Sister to help you settle in and answer any questions you may have about your programme or the community.
We offer assurance to all of our clients that our community is a safe, caring, and positive recovery environment that works to provide you with peace of mind during your treatment and recovery.
The bulk of our services are free of charge to people accessing them, however, there is a client contribution for our residential programmes that is used towards the cost of running the programme (this is based on ability to pay). If you are in receipt of a social welfare payment, you will be provided with a weekly allowance to spend out of this payment and the remainder is used towards your client contribution
All rooms for single people admissions are shared dormitories. Mother and Child admissions have their own individual apartments.
Here is a number of other services to explore:
ADAPT (Domestic Violence support for women Limerick): www.adaptservices.ie
ASCEND (Domestic Violence Support North Tipperary): www.ntdc.ie/programmes/ascend
CLARE HAVEN Services (Domestic Violence Support Clare): www.clarehaven.ie
Ana Liffey: https://www.aldp.ie
Cuan Mhuire: www.cuanmhuire.ie
CSMT (Community Substance Misuse Team): www.csmt.ie
NOVAS : https://www.novas.ie
Simon Community: www.midwestsimon.ie
Focus Ireland: www.focusireland.ie
North Star Family Support Project: www.northstarproject.ie
GOSHH (Gender Orientation Sexual Health HIV): www.goshh.ie
NTDC (North Tipperary Development Company): www.ntdc.ie
Clare Care: www.clarecare.ie
Limerick Drug & Alcohol Service (Slainté):
Corporate House, Mungret Street, Limerick
Tel: (061) 318 633. Fax: (061) 318 637
Clare Drug & Alcohol Service
Museum House, Francis Street, Ennis
Tel: (065) 686 5852
North Tipperary Drug and Alcohol Service
Kenyon Street, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Tel: 067 46512
HSE National Drug & Alcohol Helpline
Making the decision to get help is the first big step in recovery.
When you are ready, get in touch with us. Our services are designed to meet your individual needs at whatever stage of recovery you are at.
Even if you’re not sure what help you/a loved one might need, you can reach out to our Westbourne House team directly at 086 153 6361.
If you are a health professional, family member or an individual and you are ready to refer someone/yourself, you can click here to access our online referral form.
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