Chrysalis can be split mainly into 3 service provision areas:

  • Core Project
  • Sex Work Project
  • Peer Led Initiatives


Assessments are carried out within 1-2 weeks for all clients contacting the service.

As part of the Core Project, clients can avail of the following services:

Case Management is a core element of our work. Case Management is the practise of coordinating and managing the range of services involved in the care of the individual. Each individual will have a personalised care plan. 4 Case Managers are employed in Chrysalis.

Community Detox Support is an initiative which supports the clients to reduce or stop their use of methadone or benzodiazepines within the community in partnership with their G.P.

Chrysalis provides free addiction and generic counselling to drug/alcohol users and their families. Currently 5 therapists are volunteering within our service.

The Monday Evening Recovery Group offers a safe and supportive environment to participants wishing to look at their current use in the view to either stabilise or reduce. The group runs on a Monday evening from 6.00 to 8.00pm and is facilitated by experienced therapists. It is a 6 months programme.


The Sex Work Project is a dedicated service targeting drug using female sex workers. The key element of the Sex Work Project is Street Outreach.

Street Outreach is an extension of our work. We can provide advice, harm reduction information and materials, crisis intervention and support.


Peer Support is central to the development of our services. In the last few years there has been an increase in peer run service provision within Chrysalis. Peer Led Initiatives available are: Recovery Coaches, Peer Led Tuesday Social Night, Peer Led Thursday Recovery Evening, Recovery through Fitness and HepC Friends.

Recovery Coaches: We currently have one recovery coach within Chrysalis. Recovery coach is mentor who assist and support individuals in early recovery. Recovery Coach is graduate from the Recovery Coaching and Addiction in the Community Diploma/DCU School of Nursing and Human Sciences.

Peer Led Tuesday Social Night: The Peer-led Social Night is a weekly event held in Chrysalis on a Tuesday from 6.00 to 8.00pm. Referrals, Holistic Treatments, one-to-one support are available. It is a safe, non-judgemental and non-prescriptive environment for people to connect and avail of social and peer support.

Peer Led Thursday Recovery Evening: The Evening Recovery takes place every Thursday evening from 6.00 to 8.00pm. It is a Peer led evening. The services on offer are Holistics and a Check-In group. It is aimed at drug free service users. The Evening Recovery provides support, enhances well-being and strengthens connectedness amongst individuals in recovery.

Hep C Friends: Hep C Friends is a new initiative in partnership with The Mater Hospital and Community Response. 3 Hep C Friends are based in Chrysalis. Their role is to inform and support service users in relation to Hep C testing and treatment. All Hep C Friends have a lived-in experience of Hep C.

Peer led initiatives have had a positive impact on the knowledge, personal and clinical recovery of service users.


Chrysalis hosted 3 seminars for service users, ‘Let’s Talk about Sex Work’, ‘Peer Work in The Community’ and ‘Hep C Conference’.

Chrysalis also facilitated training sessions to other organisations.