That’s teamwork: GAA and Tabor Lodge tackle drug, alcohol and gambling addictions

That’s teamwork: GAA and Tabor Lodge tackle drug, alcohol and gambling addictions
Cork County Board launch of its Critical Incident Plan, in partnership with Cork County Board Health & Wellbeing and Tabor Lodge, at Pairc Ui Rinn. Cork County Board Executive 2017 members, Donal Leahy, PRO, Eamon Landy, Ger Lane, Chairman, Frank Murphy, Secretary, Diarmuid O'Donovan, Senior Administrator, Kieran McGann, Richard Murphy, Development Officer, with Cork County Senior Footballers, Thomas Clancy and Brian O'Driscoll. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

CORK GAA has unveiled a new partnership with the Tabor Group to tackle the issue of alcohol, drug and gambling addictions.

‘We need to start talking about addiction’ is the mantra from Noel O’Callaghan, chairman Health and Wellbeing at Cork GAA.

The Tabor Group, which offers help for people with drug, alcohol and gambling addictions, will work with club welfare officers initially to help them develop a better understanding of addiction.

The training to be provided is to help clubs understand about substance use, misuse and dependency, spotting signs of problematic use of behaviours and substances, having the difficult conversations and making connections with treatment services.

Mr O’Callaghan said: “Cork GAA are delighted to welcome Tabor Group as our partners. In society today, the temptation of alcohol, drugs, and gambling has become a reality and we in Cork GAA are delighted to have Tabor Group on board to help us in promoting awareness of these issues and in training our personnel to look out for these issues at club level.”

Addicted people need to understand this chronic health condition and learn to manage it in daily life.

The goal of Tabor Group is to empower GAA clubs to have the confidence to step in and know how to create a safe environment to open up the conversation and to get the person struggling with addiction on the path to recovery as quickly as possible.

Mick Devine, Clinical Director Tabor Group, said “We applaud Cork GAA in their pro-active approach to tackling the issue of addiction. We recognise that through the voice of the GAA and the experience of Tabor Group in supporting and treating addiction together we can help make a difference together.”

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