Hi there OP. I was in Cuan Mhuire four and a half years ago as one of four stints in different rehabs for alcohol dependency.
My impression? Much tougher than the other rehabs I was in but far far cheaper. If you have private health insurance you can get into St Pats, Rutland, St John of Gods etc but you only need your social welfare for Cuan Mhuire. It is a 12 week programme so a long stint but it really helps many who go there.
I was in Athy in summer 2015. They put you into a detox unit for the first week where you stay in your PJs and are medicated and under observation. It is a long stint and very, very religious with obligatory prayers, mass and rosary every single day, which I found very off putting. There are also many in there who are from very tough and deprived, criminal backgrounds so you need to keep your head down and not get into a row with anyone. Don't let that put you off -
nearly everyone gets on grand and social time is usually during the smoke breaks and at lunch and later in the evenings.
You will be up at 6.30am every morning, and you will be assigned a job to do during the day. There will be group therapy sessions (really more a series of lessons/programmes) and AA meetings. No mobile phones or anything electronic allowed. There is also a gym which is popular with the younger men. You can make phone calls to your family/friends most evenings when you can get a slot to use the much in demand pay phone.
Visitors are permitted on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for a few hours and you can meet and chat in the cafe and garden centre on site. The grounds of Cuan Mhuire Athy are really beautiful and well kept - they were lovely for walking around in. Leaving the complex, unless for a medical emergency or very important personal business, is not permitted. Occasionally a minibus is available to run people down into Athy town to do light grocery shopping and post office/bank during the week, but you need to book a place for this service.
Cuan Mhuire really does help a lot of people who go there and if you do go, make sure to get the most out of it. Personally, I felt that my final stint in rehab, in the Rutland Centre and then regular AA meetings (nearly every day for the first four months) and sticking with a home AA group, getting a sponsor and working the steps was what helped me finally turn the corner (with great support from my OH).
I wish you well in your recovery journey!
Last edited by JupiterKid; 20-01-2020 at 12:51.