Pat McGinn an Aftercare & Schools Officer with Cuan Mhuire Newry has spoken of the present difficulties for people with addictions during the challenging Coronavirus climate we are living through.

"Just this week alone I have been contacted by two people who have relapsed back into their addictions.

"Life at present is tough for everyone, but it is a fact that people struggling with addiction are more at risk of relapse as their routines get disrupted and their lives put on hold because of the Coronavirus crisis.

"No one likes living with uncertainty, Addicts in particular. The triggers, thoughts, temptations and urges increase and attack the addict in self isolation, hope is lost and despair sets in.

"I recently had the harrowing experience of listening to a message from an elderly mother whose son had gone back drinking after a lengthy period of sobriety. The Corvid-19 situation had further compounded her pain, hurt and desperation as she tried to cope with having a rip roaring addict living in her home whilst she tries to keep this deadly virus from her door.

"What answer do I give her, I have no answer, I have no right to tell anyone to remove their son or daughter from their home. I am as most 12 Step Recovery Programmes tell us, powerless over the addiction.

"What can I do is do exactly what was done for me and many others like me. Be available to listen, to talk, to give hope and to show compassion. Turn despair into hope."

Emergency Appeal

Cuan Mhuire is just one of the many Charities struggling to ensure that they maintain and sustain their life saving services for the most vulnerable in our society during the present pandemic.

If you can please make a donation if you can’t that is ok too, Sr Consilio always said that a wee prayer offered up in the true spirit of compassion and care was suffice.

You can donate at WWW.CROWDFUNDER.CO.UK or Cheque Donations can be posted to their Finance Dept. Cuan Mhuire 200 Dublin Road Newry Co Down BT358RL.

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