Rehab is an opportunity to take time out


Maybe you are unfamiliar with rehab or maybe you only know a little bit about rehab, the fact is though that you probably have many questions concerning rehab and this is likely the reason that you aren’t there yet. People fear the unknown and therefore many refrain from seeking help for addiction simply because they do not know what that help will entail at rehab.

It is probably safe to say that some of the first things that come to mind when we think of going into an rehab or an addiction treatment programme are:

  1. Counselling Sessions
  2. Group therapy
  3. 12 step programme.

While all of these are fundamental to rehab or residential treatment programme, at each of the Tabor Group three rehab centres we help to create the space for people to catch their breath and step out of the chaos for a time in other, not so obvious ways.

Listed below are just some things that are in abundance at Tabor Lodge, Fellowship House and Renewal for people that choose to spend some time there.



The opportunity to step out of the chaos that accompanies addiction and step into a structured routine with like-minded people gives the body and mind a chance to settle into a ‘new normal’. A different rhythm is found. Once the body and mind begin to slow down, it is easier to see what you need to see and decide how to move forward. A change of scenery and routine makes it easier for this to begin.



Nature teaches us patience. Modern living is not conducive to noticing the beauty of what is right in front of us. Each of the three centres is located on premises that have significant, well-maintained grounds. Tabor Lodge has a view of Nohoval Bay Cork and significant woodlands surrounding the centre. The disconnect from the natural world disrupts our natural rhythms and body clocks. Simply going for a walk-in nature is healing in itself. You cannot help but slow down!



A 2013 research study discussed in ‘How does Seven to Eight Hours of Sleep Affect Your Body?’ published on healthline found there was a negative effect to the immune systems of those that had their sleep time limited to 4-5 hours per night for a week. The structured schedule of the treatment programmes ensures that this magical ‘8 hours sleep’ is possible in a safe environment. The body heals during sleep – rest is essential for optimal functioning of humans!

Food is medicine’


It is well documented that a healthy diet is essential to promote healing and optimal functioning of the body and mind. Healthy home-cooked meals are available at each of the centres of the Tabor Group. Every effort is made to source local food. Regular meal times help to rebuild healthy eating habits over the time spent in treatment.



Regular (daily in some cases) meditation practice is part of the treatment programmes. The opportunity to get still and quiet helps to create an environment for emotions to surface and be felt. This teaches us how to be present, how not to judge but accept where we are at, and take it from there. Everything that we need is already here – we just have to see it.

‘When you are in doubt, be still and wait.
When doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage.
So long as mists envelop you, be still. Be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists – as it surely will; Then, act with courage.’
Ponca Chief White Eagle Wikipedia

Get Help at Tabor Group

If you or a loved one are suffering from an addiction, get help today. We can help you recover in a healthy, friendly environment and beat your addiction. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our counselors today for information at +353 (21) 488 7110 or email us at Email Us .We can help you.

Blog written by: Miriam Rigney, Quality & Risk Manager Tabor Group