Friday 28 October 2016

Stopping the cycle of drug addiction

The Ana Liffey Drug Project is looking for support from runners and walkers, writes Dan O'Neill

Paul Duff a Team Leader at Ana Liffey
Paul Duff a Team Leader at Ana Liffey

The Ana Liffey Drug Project is looking for people to support its appeal this year. By running, jogging or walking, you can make a difference to someone's life.

Ana Liffey carries out life-saving work every day on the streets of Dublin and across the Midlands and midwest of the country. The charity works with some of the most vulnerable people in society - people whose lives have spiralled out of control as a result of abuse, neglect, poverty, relationship breakdowns and other trauma.

The organisation is launching an appeal this year for Vhi Mini-Marathon runners to help raise funds to hire a social worker to work with children and families, who are suffering due to problem drug-use within the family.

"Often, when we work with people who are problem drug users, we discover that their parents were users and they grew up exposed to drugs from a very early age," says Dawn Russell, Ana Liffey's head of services.

"A big part of our work is on reducing harm, particularly to children and family members and on preventing children of drug users themselves becoming addicts in later life."

"We are urgently calling on people to fundraise for us or to make a donation to our appeal, so that we can work with children of drug users and help stop the cycle of addiction."

"The people we work with are often homeless, have severe drug and addiction problems and have lost all hope," explains Tony Duffin, director of Ana Liffey. "Our ethos is simple. We never give up on people, even when everyone else has."

The organisation has been going since 1982 and needs funding now more than ever.


Ana Liffey has expanded its work, from its Dublin base to towns like Mullingar, Tullamore, Limerick and Ennis. "Addiction and drug problems aren't just a Dublin-based issue," says Tony.

Addiction is now a national concern, seen in country towns and larger urban areas.

By donating to the Child Social Worker Appeal, you can help break the cycle of addiction.

If you are able to support Ana Liffey's Child Social Worker Appeal, please go to http://www.mycharity.ie/charity/aldp/, contact Michael on 01 960 6002 (michael.moriarty@aldp.ie) or visit www.aldp.ie for more information.

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