KDYS Community Based Drugs & Alcohol Initiatives

Are Drugs or Alcohol causing problems for you?

Do you feel pressurised to drink or take drugs?

Does a loved one’s alcohol or drug use cause problems in your life?

The KDYS Community Based Drugs & Alcohol initiatives in Killarney, Listowel and a new pilot project in South Kerry, aim to work with those most at risk from drug and alcohol misuse in Kerry. This service is open to people of all ages. Our Project Workers will meet with you in a safe and confidential setting to discuss any concerns you may have.

Trying a drug/alcohol once is harmless right?  Not exactly, for some, dependency can be obvious from the very first time of using alcohol or a drug. Be informed and hopefully you will make the right choices. Information leaflets on drugs and alcohol are available at all the KDYS centres throughout the county. Drug and alcohol addiction are not new problems, but unfortunately, they are persistent ones.

Here are some indicators that suggest you or your friend may have a problem:

  • Poor health or appearance

    Gerard Lowe

  • Problems at school/work
  • Behavioural changes – not maintaining relationships, being secretive, antisocial behaviour
  • Needing money without any obvious reason

The KDYS Community Based Drugs & Alcohol Project offers the following:

  • One-to-One support sessions for clients in safe and confidential environment.
  • A network of professionals and local agencies for the benefit of the client.
  • Assist the person in setting realistic goals
  • Referrals for those in need of treatment, education or training as appropriate
  • Confidential support for family and others who are concerned and whose lives are impacted by a person’s alcohol/drug use.
  • Education and prevention – to reduce the likelihood of substance abuse by offering various supports to all affected by alcohol/drug abuse.
  • We here to help so please don’t be shy in making contact. It is a free, confidential, non-judgemental service.

Padraig O Donovan

Deirdre Nagle

If you are concerned about your own drink/drug habits or those of a loved one, please pick up the telephone and call one of our Project Workers today.


Deirdre Nagle is in KDYS Killarney – text or call 085 8501296

Ger Lowe is  in KDYS Listowel – text or call  087 9263803

Padraig O Donovan – is in South Kerry Community Based Drugs & Alcohol Pilot Project – text or call 085 1525612




These projects are managed by the KDYS, funded by the Health Service Executive and supported by the SRD&ATF and a local advisory committee.


Here are some additional supports that you mind find useful:

SMART Recovery

SMART stands for “Self-Management And Recovery Training”. There’s Life Beyond Addiction. SMART Recovery can help you get there. Our mutual support meetings are free and open to anyone seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery.

Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Narcotics Anonymous Ireland

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) members learn from one another how to live drug-free and recover from the effects of addiction in their lives.

Al Anon

Al-Anon offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers in an anonymous environment, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. The parents, children, wives, husbands, friends and colleagues of alcoholics could all be helped by Al-Anon and Alateen whether or not the drinker in their lives recognises that a problem exists.

Here are HSE publications that may answer some of your questions. Click on the image to view the leaflet.



As well as talking to a KDYS youth worker you can find advice and information on line at

Cork drugs
yp webCork Drugs give an over view of various types of addictive substances and their risks.

Spun Out
Spun-out offer free non judgmental advice to young people around a host of issue they may be experiencing including those around drugs and alcohol. offers advice for parents and carers of those affected by drug and alcohol misuse as well as offering advice to those suffering from addiction issues.



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