High Park Residential Rehabilitation Programme

This is a 14-week fully residential programme. The aims and objectives are to offer clients a period of residential rehabilitation treatment in a drug and alcohol-free environment.

The 13-bed High Park residential rehabilitation programme seeks to accept service users who might not otherwise engage in drug-free treatment such as prisoners, homeless and female drug users. The emphasis is on assisting service users to gain insight into the issues that underpin their drug use and developing realistic measures to prevent relapse and remain drug-free. The programme offers individual care plans, one-to-one counselling, group therapy, psychoeducational groups, fitness-gym activities, outdoor pursuits,  and recreational activities. Our High Park facility also offers weekly NA meetings.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the contact details of the High Park Rehabilitation Programme? 

For referrals and further information please call 01 837 7883 or email info.highpark@mqi.ie

How do I apply for the High Park Rehab Programme?

You can self-refer by contacting High Park by email or phone. Details above. A referral can also be made through another agency on your behalf. At this stage our staff will ask you to share basic information about yourself and the nature of your addiction.  After the initial contact, we will aim to complete a detailed assessment interview within two weeks.

At the assessment interview, our staff will explore your care needs to make sure High Park is the best option for you at this time. The interview is also used to confirm that you meet our admission criteria. At this point we may need to request additional reports to support your application. These reports could be from your doctor, counsellor, key worker or probation officer and we require them to help put the best possible care plan in place for you.

You will be fully informed of the process your consent required before doing so.

Where will my assessment be done?

Assessments are done in High Park for individuals applying from the community.

Can I access High Park from prison?

Attendance is subject to additional criteria such as being granted permission to attend by the courts/prison service but MQI welcomes referrals form people in prison who feel they would like to address their substance misuse. The first step is linking in with  the prison counsellors, who will fill in the appropriate forms, including doing the assessment.

How long will I be waiting for a bed?

Once we’ve reviewed the reports and if you meet the admission criteria and agree to maintain weekly contact with the staff at High Park, you will be moved to our ‘ready for admission’ waiting list. The time you spend on this waiting list depends on bed availability and the amount of people on the waiting list ahead of you when you apply.  Some people will access the service within a matter of weeks while others could have to wait several months.  We would keep you informed of progress and expected time frame n weekly basis on your weekly check in.

Is there any support while I am waiting for a place?

High Park runs a weekly pre-entry group for those who wish to avail of  it. We encourage anyone on our waiting list to continue linking in with existing services where appropriate.

What are the Admission Criteria?

  • Clients must be 18 years of age or over.
  • Clients must be give clean urine to verify drug free.  . The service advises clients who use cannabis to reduce their cannabis consumption in the weeks preceding admission. Exact goals will be set around this at assessment. However, given the length of time that it takes cannabis to leave the system, a positive urine result will not prevent a client from being admitted to the unit.
  • The client’s GP and/or psychiatrist may need to provide up-to-date reports for clients presenting with complex mental health / medical conditions, including histories of self-harm and suicide ideation/attempts. Where necessary Probation officers / Solicitors will be asked have provided information on previous / pending court cases and convictions for arson, weapons, sexual and violent offences.

Do I have to pay for the High Park  Residential Programme?

All clients are asked to contribute a maximum of €120 weekly to the cost of rehabilitation. If you are unable to pay this will not prohibit you from attending the programme.

Will I have my own room?

Yes, each client will be given their own room. Bed linen and towels are provided but if you prefer you can bring your own.

Can I phone friends and family while I’m on the programme?

Yes, a ten minute or two 5 minute calls can be made each evening  following admission.  Clients do not receive personal calls or have mobile phones, however there is no limit on the number of letters you can write or receive while on the programme.

Can I use my laptop or game systems?

No, these are not allowed in High Park.

Can I listen to music?

Yes, residents can bring in iPod/mp3 players and listen to music in their room in the evenings. However, out of respect for one another, you are asked to bring  head phones and only use with headphones.

Can people visit me during the programme?

At present due to COVID visits have been suspended, however we do facilitate regular videocalls to friends and family.

Do I have to stop smoking?

No, that is not part of the criteria to enter this programme.

Can I leave High Park unaccompanied at any stage during the programme?

Yes.  As part of your care planning process you will set plans  for weekly outings which you can take from your ninth week. This is seen as an important part of your programme.

MQI High Park Residential Rehabilitation Centre

High Park, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Phone: 01 837 7883

Email: info.highpark@mqi.ie