TURAS Counselling Services was founded in 2005 to help people with addiction problems.
The Dundalk centre is at 59 Clanbrassil Street.
Since 2005 Turas has developed and delivers a range of support services based on a continuum of care approach.
Turas is dedicated to supporting the rehabilitation of individuals experiencing problematic substance use in a non-residential setting.
It initially offered after-care support but it has expanded to include an outreach service offering advocacy and harm reduction interventions.
More recently, in response to the growing need for support to detoxify form alcohol, Turas, in partnership with the Dundalk Simon Community, has developed a Community Alcohol Detox Service that can be accessed by referral from local GPs.
The entire family unit are heavily impacted by the substance misuse of a family member.
In recognition of the distress experienced and the vital role families can play within recovery, Turas also accommodates the family support group facilitated by the North East Family Support Network and the Empowering Women in Sobriety.
Alongside of the development and delivery of these services and in keeping with best
practice, over the years a significant amount of work has been undertaken by Turas staff in the development of protocols to ensure good clinical and administrative governance of the project.
And in keeping with the ethos of the organisation, they6 provide a welcoming service that is both confidential and respectful.
It also acknowledges the individuals capacity to change and their ability to make an important contribution to society.
The aimed is to provide emotional and practical support to motivate and empower people while they remain substance free.
The services include: Counselling Support, After-care Programme, Outreach Support, Community Alcohol Detox, Facilitated Family Support Group, Gender Specific Empowering, Women in Sobriety.
Referrals are taken from statutory and voluntary services, GP’s, community services.
Turas also accepts self-referrals.
Turas receives funding from the North East Regional Drugs Task Force and the HSE but there is a constant need to raise additional funds just to maintain the current level of service provision in response to the local demand.
There was a recent fundraiser at The Spirit Store and on Sunday 19 May there will be a Carlingford Slieve Foy Walk.
People will meet up in the car park at 10am and the walk begins at 10.30am. Donations of €15 on the day would be greatly appreciated which can be given into the tourist office in Carlingford on the day.
No registration is needed. Just come along on the day and make this a family fun day.
Please bring along water and a light lunch. Please ensure to wear suitable walking boots and appropriate rain-walking gear.
There are two walks on the day. Walk A will be for hill walkers and ramblers and Walk B will be for the more advanced walkers.
There will be a barbecue at Taffes Bar afterwards for all walkers, courtesy of Alan and Maureen Johnson.
If you are interested in supporting these events please contact Carmel on 042 - 9338221/4.
Visit their Facebook page for more information.