New Zealand has many groups and organisations in most towns and cities dedicated to helping people affected either by their own alcohol and / or drug use or that of others. They are usually not hard to find.
The phone book
A good place to start can be the Personal Help Services page near the front of your phone book. This lists health and counselling and advice services and agencies such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Alcohol HelpLine, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon Family Groups and a community alcohol and drug service.
AA can be reached through a nationwide phone number – 0800 229 675.
Worldwide, AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement of membership is a desire to stop drinking. Someone, somewhere will know how to get in touch with AA.
Other avenues can be Samaritans; Youthline; Lifeline; school counsellors; your doctor; student health services; union, community, iwi and ethnic group networks and services; your local Citizens Advice Bureau; or your church.
The breadth of services available is extensive: women only, support groups, residential treatment, Pacific Islands, outpatient counselling/therapy, methadone programmes, Maori/bicultural treatment, half-way houses/supported accommodation, gay-lesbian-bisexual, detox, day programmes, assessments, prison inmates and their families and
Some drug education organisations
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
Foundation of New Zealand
P O Box 50744, Porirua.
Tel: (04) 238 9550, 0800 DARENZ,
Fax: (04) 238 9595.
FADE – Foundation for Alcohol and Drug Education
P O Box 33 1505, Takapuna, Auckland.
Tel: (09) 489 1719, Fax: (09) 489 1749.
Life Education Trust
National Office: P O Box 2717, Wellington.
Tel: (04) 472 9620, Fax: (04) 472 9609.
P O Box 5814, Wellesley Street, Auckland.
Tel: (09) 379 5293, Fax: (09) 366 0301.
P O Box 2920, Christchurch.
Tel: (03) 377 3080, Fax: (03) 377 3082.
SADD National Office (Students Against Drunk Driving)
P O Box 13 0034, Christchurch.
Tel: (03) 374 9218, Fax: (03) 374 9219.
Substance Abuse Education Trust
P O Box 74 386, Market Road, Auckland.
Tel/Fax: (09) 372 5583.
Alcohol Drug Association of New Zealand
PO Box 13 496, Christchurch.
Telephone (03) 379 8626,
Facsimile (03) 377 5600.
Alcohol & Drug Helpline – 0800 787 797
Alcohol Helpline is a confidential service providing information, advice and referral to people of all ages with concerns about their own or someone else’s drinking and/or use of other drugs. The service is available between 10am and 10 pm daily.
Care NZ is the operational service of the National Society on Alcohol and Drug Dependence. They provide treatment for drug and alcohol dependents and their
PO Box 9183, Wellington.
Telephone: (04) 385 1517,
Facsimile: (04) 385 1516.