The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland is a long established professional association that accredits counsellors working in the specific field of addiction.
The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland sees a key part of its role as creating awareness through dialogue in public discourse about the increasing prevalence and the reality of the problems with addiction in Ireland. Addiction affects nearly all families nationwide and there is a pressing need to address this health concern by ensuring that there is a clear understanding of its effects.
There is unfortunately a stigma associated with addiction and seeking help through counselling. Although it is common and socially acceptable to say that you are seeking professional medical help from your doctor for various ailments or illnesses, the same acceptance does not extend to those seeking counselling support. One of the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland key objectives is to seek to reduce these stigmas so people don’t feel the need to suffer alone and in silence.
As an accredited member of the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland, you are or can become certified by a professional association which acknowledges that you are a counsellor who is specifically trained and experienced in the field of addiction and accredited to Addiction Counsellors of Ireland standards. Accredited members are entitled to use Member Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (MACI) after their name.
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"Hi! I could have written a book!! but this is as condensed as I can make it. 'Life for me before I became a recovering alcoholic was difficult to say the least. Childhood was extremely painful and I was left being so used to the negatives of life that it became my familiar, my place of 'comfort'. I didn't know how to love or like anyone let alone myself but alcohol changed all that. It enabled me to feel how I wanted to feel about myself and others but took away what little dignity or self respect I had. Relationships were a sham and I neglected my children filling them with fear, disgust and waiting for me to die. Eventually I hit 'Rock Bottom' and agreed to go into see my Doctor and was appointed Sinéad Brody as my counsellor. In Sinéad I found someone who would be honest with me, straight talking but empathetic and caring at the same time. I learned about my disease, it's physical and emotional affects on me, my family and others. Taking full responsibility for my addiction was and is pivotal in my recovery. Sinéad showed me a different way of thinking and behaving, and being honest. I visited painful places in my past and was able to talk to her about things I never thought I would speak to anyone about. It wasn't an easy time going through these sessions with Sinéad, but she is extremely astute and knowledgeable in what he does. She has the ability to see behind the facade and I found her incredibly easy to talk to. The road to recovery is only one day at a time but I totally believe that my counselling sessions with Sinéad have greatly contributed to the wonderful life I have on a daily basis with my family who are also in recovery with me. She is an amazing counsellor and I will always be greatful to her for all the help that she gave me and my family. Now I have a life and it it worth living 'one day at a time' Thanks Sinéad Aoife"
"As Clincal Director of the Rutland Centre, I had the opportunity to welcome Jenny O'Byrne into our Internship Programme in Addiction Counselling, which was a full time internship designed to enhance the skills of a professional counsellor who wanted to specialize in the area of addiction. Jenny proved herself quite able to handle the demands of this 12 month commitment. She is smart, strong, knowledgable and well grounded in the theory and practice of effective addiction counselling, including the all important work with family members. I believe she would be particularly effective in working with young people damaged either by their own substance misuse or by the addiction of another."
An incredibly perceptive and and helpful professional with a wealth of experience. Declan almost instantly creates a sense of respect, safety and trust in his ability to help and heal.