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Rutland Centre

Knocklyon Road
353 (0)1 494 6358

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Centre Description

The Rutland Centre is a registered charity and since it was founded in 1978 it has grown into the largest and most respected private alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre in Ireland. We run a drug free programme and no mood altering medication is used during the programme. Thousands of people from all over Ireland have turned to us to find expertise, quality care, and experience on addiction and recovery issues. Our mission today remains the same as our founders - to help alcoholics and addicts who need help with recovery. We help people transform their lives by providing the highest quality addiction treatment and continuing care services. 

We are based in south Dublin and our team of experienced counsellors have years of expertise in dealing with addiction issues. We specialise in helping individuals and families struggling with a range of addictions including alcohol, gambling, food and drugs. You will find Rutland involved in many aspects of addiction treatment and recovery including: 

Residential programme 
Continuing care services 
One to one counselling 
Family programmes 
Outreach and employee assistance programmes 

The Rutland Centre

Residential Treatment
We are based in south Dublin and our team of experienced counsellors have years of expertise in dealing with addiction issues.

Ireland, a residential center in Dublin

Alcohol and Drugs

In Ireland it is estimated that one in ten people are alcoholic, and that alcoholism in one person, directly affects the lives of at least 4-5 others. Alcohol is a drug, a sedative, which depresses the central nervous system. Used consistently and long term, it can cause liver damage, heart and other health problems, and inevitably physical dependency. Alcoholism has a devastating impact on each family member and on the family as a whole.

Alcoholism is a primary illness, which if left untreated can cause serious physical, emotional, spiritual, interpersonal and social problems for the individual involved and their families. Alcoholism is an addiction, a dependency relationship on alcohol which becomes extreme and unhealthy. Like other addictions it is progressive and ultimately, without intervention, will result in death. 

Drug addiction, like alcoholism, is the use of a mood altering substance, regularly and consistently to the point of dependency, despite the impact and consequences to self or others. Drug Addiction is sometimes referred to as Chemical Dependency, because it is the chemicals in the drug, interacting with the brain and central nervous system that alter mood, making the drug addictive. Some drugs are more addictive than others, depending on their individual chemistry and the speed with which they enter the body and leave the blood stream. Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs.

Alcohol is the number one drug of addiction, followed by Cannabis. Both Alcohol and Cannabis abuse act as a gateway to other drug use, and ultimately to addiction.

Features of Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Using more at more frequent intervals 
Having to use more to get the same effect 
Broken promises to self and others to control or stop using 
Lying to cover up the amount of using alcohol / drugs 
Rationalising to cover up and explain away using 
Denying that drinking or drug taking causes probelms 
Avoiding going to places where drink/drugs is not available 
Spending excess money on alcohol/drugs 
Needing to drink or take drugs to cope with worry, anxiety, stress 
Erratic behaviour – mood changes, short-temper, personality change 
Change in personal relationships 
Employment problems 

Eating Disorders (Food Addictions)

We provide specialised treatment eating disorders including, Anorexia, Bulimia and Compulsive Overeating (Binge Eating Disorder) 

We provide pre-treatment, residential and post treatment services, supporting you and your family to heal through what is often a very difficult process. We use a holistic approach and the programme is based on years of learning that addiction and addictive processes are often at the core of many Eating Disorders. We will tailor the treatment to your needs and we will look closely at the way in which issues like body image, low self-esteem, etc. impact on your relationship with food. Our aim is to get you back to healthy eating patterns, to establish a healthy relationship with food and with your body, to give you enhanced coping skills and to improve your physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Recognising an Eating Disorder

There are three easily identifiable eating disorders which require an individual focus during treatment:

Restriction of food to the point of starvation
Progressive and uncontrollable weight loss
Maintaining ‘thinness’ as an ideal
Disturbance in body image “I hate my body”
Exercising and using laxatives to control weight
Frequent hospitalisation due to weight loss (we can only treat a person with anorexia whose weight and mental health are relatively stable)

Routine and regular bingeing on food, followed by purging 
Using laxatives to control weight
Regular dieting followed by periods of bingeing
Obsessive pre-occupation with food and body
Self evaluation, excessively influenced by body shape and weight

Compulsive Over-Eating (Binge Eating Disorder)
Routine regular eating of large amounts of food
Obsession with food to the exclusion of other dimensions of life
Overeats and comfort eats to the point of obesity


Compulsive gambling is a process addiction. It is estimated that approximately one to three per cent of the population may be compulsive gamblers, the majority being men. However, we find both women and young people are seeking treatment for gambling problems.

Compulsive Gambling is recognised as an illness by leading world health authorities who describe it as a disorder of impulse control. Essentially, a compulsive gambler is a person who is chronically and progressively unable to resist the impulse to gamble -- developing an obsessive compulsive relationship with gambling -- despite disruption and compromise in personal, family, social and work life.

Recognising compulsive gambling is more difficult for family and friends, as there are no obvious signs and it tends to be a secret activity. The following signs indicate a potential problem with gambling activity:

Identifying a Compulsive Gambling Pattern

A pre-occupation with gambling activities and obtaining money to gamble. 
An irresistible urge to gamble with an investment in the high or buzz provided by gambling activity. 
An increase in the frequency and amounts spent on a bet and taking greater risks to achieve the desired excitement or escape. 
Loss of control over the time and money spent on gambling – eventually risking more than they can afford to lose. 
Developing an emotional dependency on gambling as a strategy to cope with anxiety, tension, worry or stress. 
Denial of the problems. 
Compulsive gamblers often do not seek help until they are a year’s salary or more in debt. 
Compulsive gamblers often (but not always) have strong feelings of wanting to commit suicide.

Our Team

Our team includes experienced professionals with years of experience in addiction. It includes a Medical Director (Consultant Psychiatrist) and a Clinical Director together with skilled and trained Counsellors. All of our Counsellors are members of the IAAAC (Irish Association of Alcohol and Addiction Counsellors) and undertake regular training on new and emerging issues.

We are currently seeking accreditation by the CHKS Healthcare Acreditation and Quality Unit (HAKU). HAKU’s standards are based on international consensus standards and set uniform, achievable expectations for structures, processes and outcomes.

Rutland Centre also has an attending GP who visits every week (or as required) and we have experienced addiction nurses on site each afternoon, evening and through the night. Additional doctors, physicians, psychiatrists, and emergency hospital services are always available when necessary.

All of the staff at Rutland Centre, from the Board of Directors, Counsellors, Administration, Nursing, and Facilities staff are dedicated to providing a safe, secure, and highly confidential environment for our Clients.

Our Outcomes

Our work in addiction treatment is based on solid, scientific research and exacting patient follow-ups and our experience equals success. In 2006, we completed a major study tracking past clients and looking at their successes as below:

86% of our past clients were currently abstinent. 
Between 70 - 80% report substantial improvements in the quality of their lives, with positive changes in job performance, family life and the ability to handle problems. 
There was a clear link between abstinence and Continuing Care: 
Almost 8 out of 10 abstinent respondents completed the Rutland Continuing Care Programme. 
44% of all relapses occurred in the first 8 weeks and over half of those who relapsed were not in Rutland Centre Continuing Care at the time. 
82% would recommend Rutland Centre to someone else. 
Almost all clients commented on the life saving and life changing aspects of having been in treatment and the sense of love and safety which the clients experienced while at Rutland Centre.

Family Programme

If you are concerned about someone and your husband/wife or partner/sibling/friend doesn't think he/she has a problem, then our family programme may be able to help.

One of the key features of addiction is that the individuals will often deny that there is any problem. You may also find that you, your family, friends, colleagues become involved in this denial, making excuses for, covering up for, and keeping secret the problems that arise.

We hold open meetings at the Centre every month for families, concerned persons, employers, colleagues and others are invited. During the meeting you will have a chance to discuss the problems. The meeting is lead by one of our Counsellors who will provide support, encouragement, offer advice and answer any question you may have. You will learn about intervention techniques and skills and you can arrange a subsequent meeting with the Counsellor.

An individual meeting with family members can be arranged to discuss the problem in detail -- the way they see the problem, how it affects them, what they are prepared to do, and need to do in order to intervene. Each person is encouraged to prepare for the intervention by deciding on key aspects of their view of the problem and how it affects them. The meeting is facilitated by a professional counsellor.

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