If you’re struggling with substance abuse and want help, a good place to start is this service directory (www.addictionshelp.org.nz/Services/Home). You can put your location in and it will bring up services where you can start getting help for a drinking or drug problem.
Other avenues can be; school counsellors, your doctor, student health services, friends, family, union, community, iwi and ethnic group networks and services, your local Citizens Advice Bureau, or your church.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG HELPLINE
WHAT WE DO: Alcohol and Drug Helpline is a confidential 24/7 service where you can speak with a trained counsellor who provides information, advice and referrals to people of all ages with concerns about their own or someone else’s drinking and/or use of other drugs.
www.alcoholdrughelp.org.nz, 0800 787 797 free 24/7 helpline, text 8681, or chat online
WHAT WE DO: 24-hour health advice service where you can speak to a registered nurse.
www.health.govt.nz/your-health/services-and-support/health-care-services/healthline, 0800 611 166 – free 24/7 helpline
WHAT WE DO: A website with online community support to help you cut down or stop drinking.
WHAT WE DO: People can share their experiences with each other to solve their common problems and help each other to recover from alcoholism.
WHAT WE DO: Made up of addicts who help each other to recover from drug abuse and make changes to their lives.
THE RETREAT NZ
WHAT WE DO: A private residential care facility in New Zealand. It’s $11,000 for the 30-day retreat which is led by quali ed professionals and volunteers who have also struggled with substance abuse problems in the past.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
WHAT WE DO: Info on what to expect if you stop using drugs and common withdrawal symptoms.
NZ DRUG FOUNDATION
WHAT WE DO: Information on being safe with drugs and alcohol, aimed at reducing drug-related harm due to insu cient knowledge.
NZ NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
WHAT WE DO: People who are injecting drugs can dispose of and access needles, syringes and other equipment to support safe injecting practice and reduce the risk of health-related complications.
WHAT WE DO: Support for family members struggling with a loved one’s alcohol or drug use.