Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has said that the re-opening of in-person addiction services will prove to be a life-line for those that rely on them.
Deputy Farrell said, “It has been confirmed that in-person addiction services will be allowed to re-open while we continue our battle against Covid-19 in Level 3 restrictions.”
“The re-opening of these vital services, which have been closed since March, is a really positive step and will provide much needed support that people need. The services that will be allowed to re-open include, Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.”
Deputy Farrell continued, “We have all had to make sacrifices over the last number of months, but for many people in our community, isolation and the loss of routine has presented a major challenge to their already difficult battle with addiction.”
“I am therefore very pleased that these services can resume in-person, modern technology has allowed us to communicate with friends and family throughout the pandemic, but for some, the effectiveness of being in a support group cannot be replaced through online mediums.”
Deputy Farrell added, “Efforts are being made by the Department of Health to facilitate the continuation of these meetings should Dublin, or other counties, be required to move to Level 4 restrictions.”