ARC Alcohol Reduction Programme

The Alcohol Reduction Programme seeks to support service users presenting with problematic alcohol use in reducing harm associated with alcohol use, safely managing their alcohol use or becoming alcohol free, according to the service user’s personal goals.

The Alcohol Reduction programme includes sessions on co-dependency, individual safety plans, alcohol refusal skills, coping with cravings, problem solving skills, decision making, managing relapse, identifying goals and a personal action plan.

The programme runs Monday & Friday mornings for 3hrs per session with both males and females are encouraged to attend. 

The Alcohol Reduction Programme is a ten week programme for people who wish to reduce or abstain from alcohol in a group setting.

It aims to:

  1. Provide quality services in response to the unique needs of individuals affected by alcohol misuse.
  2. Empower, support and encourage change within a group setting.
  3. Assist each person to recognise their individuality and potential

The alcohol programme take referrals from local GP’s, Social Care in St. James Hospital and through self-referrals.


The Frost Programme

F.R.O.S.T Programme (renamed from the Reduction Opiate programme) offers cognitive behavioural therapy care planning, key-working, counselling, motivational interviewing, holistic treatments, drop-in, and supports for service users, giving them confidence to move from drug orientated destructive behaviour and address their addiction in a safe environment, the service user needs to reduce their methadone down to 80 mils to access this programme.

The FROST Programme is the first step to provide rehabilitation to over 18 years of age to detox and or reduce their methadone use.

Arc’s FROST Programme will be for a maximum of (10) service users and (2) Support Workers, you will need to be on 80mls of methadone and be referred by your Doctor.

The target group present with the following needs:

  • Counselling
  • Key working
  • Relapse prevention
  • Non- judgemental support
  • Advocacy
  • Access to further education
  • Interagency approach
  • Support from prescribing doctors
  • Group setting
  • 5 day weekly programme
  • Programme to be voluntary
  • Nutrition (providing a lunch)
  • Safe environment
  • Improve relationships with families
  • Improve social skills
  • Regular drug free activities / outings / social events
  • Yearly retreat
  • Crisis intervention
  • Referrals
  • Weekly planning and goal setting
  • Phone support
  • Outreach

The essence of the Frost Programme is to support people while they reduce their methadone but it is also to teach participants the life skills to cope with everyday highs and lows, to build self- confidence and self- belief to enable people to function as a drug free person in today’s society.

The programme is voluntary and is held each week day from 11am to 2.30pm.  The programme is designed to meet the needs and support service users over a 12 month period, while service users reduce their methadone.