•    CADS (Community Alcohol Drug Service)
Athlone Primary Focus:
Free Service – no referral needed. Methadone Maintenance/Urinalysis. Out Patient Psychiatric Service. GP/Pharmacy Liaison Service. Alternative Therapies. Counselling. Community Detox for Methadone and Benzodiazepines  Web

090 6424820

Assessment Counselling Education and information Methadone Maintenance Clinics and Urinalysis Out Patient Clinics Outpatient clinics for people with Alcohol / Drug problems and their families

•    Ana Liffey Drugs Project
Freephone 1800 78 68 28
In January 2011, ALDP began offering services in the Midlands region. The Ana Liffey operates across the Midlands region and also has an Open Access centre in Mullingar. The Ana Liffey works with adult drug users, the families of drug users and under 18 year old drug users in the Midlands region.
Catchment Area. The ALDP Midlands region provides a Low Threshold, Harm Reduction service in four counties to people affected by problem substance use, their families and the wider community. The counties are:
•    Laois
•    Offaly
•    Westmeath
•    Longford

The services offered in the Midlands are:
•    Open Access
•    Assertive Outreach
•    Needle & Syringe Programme
•    Family Therapy
•    Clinical Psychology
•    Key working and Case Management
•    Prison inreach

You can call into the Open Access service at Churchview, Bishopsgate Street, Mullingar Monday to Friday between 10am and 1pm and between 2pm and 5pm. Please note that the Open Access Service is closed on Wednesday afternoons. You can call Freephone 1800 78 68 28 or you can e-mail the Midlands Team Leader Yvonne Canning for further information on our Midlands services.

Community Gardaí Athlone

Phone: 0906498550

Community Policing is a proactive, solution-based and community-driven form of policing.
Introduced in Ireland in November 1987, it has since been extended to cover most larger urban areas.
Community policing occurs where Gardaí and members of the community and statutory and voluntary agencies work together to-
•    Prevent crime
•    Prevent anti-social behaviour
•    Reduce the fear of crime
•    Promote inter-agency problem solving
•    Bring offenders to justice
•    Improve the overall quality of life

Aims of Community Policing
•    To provide the people in an area with their own dedicated Garda, someone with whom they can discuss everyday occurrences and build up a strong and supportive personal relationship.
•    To help the residents of the area to prevent crime by supporting crime prevention initiatives such as Neighbourhood Watch and Community Alert.
•    To work with other social agencies in the area to help curb crime and vandalism.

•    Drug Education and Prevention
Support and delivery of Education/Prevention Initiatives
Email: Grainne

•    NA Narcotics Anonymous
T: 01 672 8000

Wednesday nights
20:00 Door to Freedom Group,  I.N.C.A.  St. Martin’s Lane, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Corner Bishops Gate Street
20:30Day Care Centre Staint Kierans Community Hall, Tormey Villas, Athlone
20:30Day Care Centre Abbey Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

AA  Alcoholics Anonymous

01 842 0700
Meeting Guide
•    ALL meetings, unless otherwise stated, are ‘Closed’ meetings and restricted to alcoholics and those who have a desire to stop drinking.
•    Open (O) AA Meetings are open to ALL who may or may not have an alcoholic problem.
•    Step (S), Tradition (T) and Big Book (BB), these meetings are Closed AA Meetings.

The Samaritans

1850 60 90 90

With over 20,000 volunteers based in 201 branches across 5 nations, we’re actively involved in a community near you.
We reach out and work with schools, colleges and universities, workplaces, health and welfare services, homeless shelters, prisons and other charities.
We also promote awareness of our service at local social venues, community events and music festivals.
Athlone & Midland Samaritans
3 Court Devenish, Athlone, County Westmeath, Ireland
T: (090) 6473133
Wheelchair accessible

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Address: Athlone, Co Westmeath Tel: 01 524 0923
Open door:  090 6417097
Family Support: 085 2749983
Rehab/Aftercare: 087 9328468
Outreach/Harm reduction: 087 9512989
Our Midlands services cover counties Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath.

Here we offer a wide range of services including
•    Athlone Open Door Centre
•    Community Harm Reduction
•    Family Support
•    Drug support programme for Travellers
Athlone Open Door Centre: The Athlone Open Door offers a drop-in service providing meals, crisis support, vocational training and support aimed at rehabilitation and integration. Midlands Community Harm Reduction and Team work to support local drug users through harm reduction and crisis support, act as a resource for community groups, and reduce the level of risk in the community, the threat to public health and individual risk experienced as a result of drug use in the community.
Family Support Services focus on the needs of the family of the active user often involve counselling, advice and guidance to deal with the trauma and issues associated with discovering a loved one is involved with drugs. The services helps the family members to deal with self-blame, the reaction of others, create positive coping strategies and build their capacity to respond.
This service is run with support from the Midland’s Regional Task Force and the HSE.
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Midland Simon Community

Midlands Simon Community began in 2004 when a group of volunteers from across the Midlands Region came together and formed the Community. Midlands Simon was established to support individuals, couples and families who are experiencing, or who are at risk of, homelessness throughout the Midlands region of Laois, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath.

While the main priority of our work is to assist all our Service Users to move out of homelessness, we also work very closely to help them overcome the many other difficulties faced by those experiencing homelessness, such as loneliness, isolation, poverty, and health and welfare issues. In short, it is our aim to help all our Service Users to rebuild their lives, and move out of homelessness into a permanent home.
Our Vision
Midlands Simon Community’s vision is to eliminate homelessness in the Midlands Region.

Phone; 090 6450280

MRDATF Midland Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force

The MRDATF is one of ten Regional Drugs Task Forces which was set up across the country in 2003, as a result of a key recommendation arising from the National Drug Strategy 2001-2008.  Funded by the Department of Health, the MRDATF covers the catchment area of Longford, Westmeath, Laois and Offaly. 

The role of the Task Force is to research, develop, implement and monitor a co-ordinated response to illicit drug use at regional level.  The MRDATF has been given a key role by the Government in responding to the drug problem. Its composition reflects the need to ensure locally-based responses that complement existing or planned drug programmes and services in the midland region. 

Membership of the MRDATF reflects a four county interagency collaboration that includes representation from the Community Sector, Voluntary Sector, Statutory Agencies, Elected Representatives and Communities of Interest.

Phone: 090 6483195

Find out more about different types of drugs and drug safety.