Hope House, a residential addiction treatment centre located in Foxford and serving the western region is twenty five years in existence this year.
Over that quarter of a century, the facility, located at the former Sisters of Charity Convent, in the town centre, has changed many lives for the better.
Opened in 1993 by two religious sisters, Dolores Duggan and Attracta Canny, Hope House provides a 30 day residential programme, together with an after care programme for residents and their families.
They are assisted by a team of professionally trained Addiction Counsellors and help people with a wide range of addictions including alcohol, drugs and gambling.
To mark the facility’s 25 years, yesterday Midwest News visited Hope House and spoke to two people who are using the services provided. Both Anne and Tommie ( full names withheld) had availed of the 30 day residential programme when they were at critical points in their addictions and continue to benefit from the aftercare programme.
They kindly told Midwest News their stories and how Hope House and its staff had significantly enhanced their lives, in fact, both said it had totally changed their worlds.