More than 250 people availed of addiction therapy in Ballymote in just four years, including a junior certificate student on the moring of a recent exam.
The therapy at the Ballymote Family Resouce Centre is funded by the North West Regional Drugs Task Force.
Programmes include holistic therapy, reflexology, indian head massage and acupuncture.
Manager Clare Dineen explains: "Over the past four years 1,500 oneto-one complimentary therapies were provided to more than 250 people.
"The youngest client attended therapies on the morning he sat a Junior Cert exam.
"Individuals and families can be under a lot of stress dealing with unemployment.
"More people are reporting domestic violence, depression, mental health issues and addictions.
"At a time when money is limited people are turning to drink and other substances both prescribed and illegal."
Following sessions, clients have reported a reduction in cravings, anxiety and sleep disturbances.
Each person can access up to six sessions for a one hour period.
Referrals come from family members, work colleagues, addiction counsellors and by the person themselves.
Source: Sligo Champion, 15/08/12