Rehab facility: We’re treating record numbers of addiction cases

Coolmine chief executive Pauline McKeown expects further rise in numbers as inflation makes more people vulnerable through social deprivation

Pauline McKeown, chief executive of Coolmine: ‘We’re seeing an increase in social deprivation with inflationary pressures now.’ Picture: Bryan Meade

More people than ever are seeking treatment for drug addictions, the head of the country’s largest rehab facility has said.

Pauline McKeown, chief executive of Coolmine Therapeutic Community, said many of the addictions had developed during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

She said she anticipated that the numbers of those seeking treatment in the coming months would increase as inflationary pressures and the rising cost of living pushed people into social deprivation.

She cited one example, which ...