History Background

The Finglas Addiction Support Team (FAST) was originally set up by a group of volunteers from the Finglas community who realised that there were limited services for drug users and family members in the area.

The service began in late 2004, and in 2011 we moved to a purpose built building on Wellmount Road, Finglas. During this time the service has grown and developed rapidly. This year we celebrate our 18th anniversary.

The service specifically targets drug and alcohol users at various stages of drug use and recovery – stabilised, drug free and family members affected by drug and alcohol misuse.

Our most recent Strategic Plan was launched in April 2022. It is very detailed road-map for our organisation and is available to view here: FAST Strategic Plan 2022-2024. The CEO reports to the Board quarterly on the implementation of the strategic plan.

Our Vision

Every person experiencing drug and alcohol problems, and their families, will be offered the help they need, when they need it

Our Mission

We will provide fair and inclusive access to high quality care delivered in a professional and seamless way to every person experiencing problematic drug and alcohol use.

We will support every family impacted by problematic drug and alcohol use, so that everyone has an equal opportunity for recovery and to lead a fulfilled life.

Our Values

At FAST we have a set of five core values that shape and inform everything that we do:


We create a respectful, supportive and confidential environment for people who use our services, for our staff and for our volunteers.


We demonstrate integrity, transparency, and accountability in our practices, organisational systems and structures.


We support individuals to achieve their personal recovery goals and to connect positively with their families and their communities.


We are committed to evidence-based practice and continuous improvements in service delivery.


We listen carefully, have empathy and act with positive intent.