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The National Drug Advisory & Treatment Centre

Dr William Flannery
Drug Treatment Centre Board
30-31 Pearse Street
Dublin 2



01 6488600


General Information

The National Drug Advisory and Treatment Centre, now known as The Drug Treatment Centre Board (DTCB), was established in 1969 and is the longest established treatment service in the country. It was originally located at the 'Charitable Infirmary', Jervis Street Hospital, Dublin 1, which was established in 1718, the first voluntary hospital in Ireland.

DTCB provides effective, high quality and client focused treatment for the population it serves. This is provided in a caring, professional manner in an atmosphere cognisant of the varied individual needs of the client population. It offers guidance and training to other professionals working in the area of substance misuse and contributes to policy development in drug and addiction management. The DTCB is represented on the National Drugs Strategy Committee and the National Advisory Committee on Drugs.

Educational Objectives:

1. To develop skills in clinical assessment and the use of treatment strategies, both pharmacological and psychological, in addiction psychiatry.

2. To develop skills in the assessment and management of physical complications of drug use and its management.

3. To gain understanding and experience of dealing with clients who have co-morbid psychiatric issues along with their substance abuse needs.

4. To become versed with the Methadone and Suboxone prescribing guidelines, both local and international.

5. To gain an understanding of the Benzodiazepine detoxification guidelines.

6. To experience working in a multidisciplinary team which caters to the client’s needs based on a bio-psycho-social model.

7. To obtain knowledge of the range of services available in the community for rehabilitation of clients with substance abuse needs.

8. To gain experience of working in medical detoxification units in St. Michael’s ward, Beaumont or Unit 3 in Cherry Orchard Hospital, Ballyfermot.


Research has always been, and continues to be, an integral component of our work. Our service affords the opportunity for research, as we are involved in clinical practice supported by an on-site drug analysis laboratory and employment training schemes that have a mandatory research component. This is supported by Consultant Psychiatrists with extensive experience in the field. Through research we aim to lead on new developments in the addiction field, produce data on the effects of policy and influence future drug treatment practice. We actively encourage the registrars and our other range of disciplines to contribute to research.


Registrars at DTCB also have the opportunity to become involved in various committees, like Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, Ethics Committee, Health and Safety committee to increase their management experience.


Registrars can also become involved in medical students teaching at DTCB. Medical students from RCSI visit DTCB for their specialty posting and receive didactic lectures. This provides a good platform for registrars to improve their teaching skills.

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