Ballyfermot Star’s Aims and Objectives

  •  To provide non-judgemental support, guidance and education to and for people using drugs, or with a history of drug misuse.
  • To support parents, family members and the community to enable them to cope with and overcome the effects of drug use in their everyday life.
  • To provide holistic care and treatment which respects the humanity and integrity of all those who use our services

Ballyfermot S.T.A.R provides variety of services to those who are seeking for help. We provide services such as:


Restorative Practice:

Restorative Practices is a field of study that has the potential to positively influence human behavior and strengthen civil society around the world. The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

There are many theories about what causes addiction and how to treat it. There are a variety of factors that are considered including genetics, environment, the individual’s biochemistry, underlying mental health issues, and poor decision – making. Community interaction and peer activity are also contributing factors.  Treatment for addiction has evolved over the years. People who are dependent on some drugs are put through a detoxification process, behavioral therapy and counseling, and encouraged to work a 12 step program (Treatment of Addiction). Cognitive behavioral therapy is a vital part of treatment and relapse prevention. It is also important to be educated on addiction in order to can gain a better understanding of what you are experiencing.

High Scope:

The High Scope curriculum is an early year’s initiative.  It was developed in the US in the 1970’s and as sincere been expanded to a number of these countries including Ireland and the UK.  The aim of the programme is to develop social, emotional, cognitive and physical development through an evidence based curriculum that supports learning through activity.  The programme is open to children from all backgrounds, although reviews of the effectiveness tend to focus on the advantages that it offers to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.