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Getting help

If you think that you, or anyone you know might have an addiction, there are many excellent organisations that can offer help and assistance. 

Organisations and support networks available to guide recovery

Alcohol and Drug Association of New Zealand (ADANZ)

A national alcohol and other drug organisation that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of New Zealand by reducing the harm associated with alcohol, other drugs and gambling. ADANZ provides expert information and policy advice, early intervention and support services to the people of New Zealand. ADANZ manages the Alcohol Drug Helpline, compiles the national Addictions Treatment Directory and delivers a range of services led and developed by people who have previously used addiction treatment services.

alcoholdrughelpline: 0800 787 797

Addictions Treatment Directory

A District Health Board regionalised list of all the addiction treatment and advice services available anywhere in New Zealand. This Directory is produced by ADANZ (Alcohol Drug Association New Zealand) and funded by the Ministry of Health and Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand.


Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC)

The Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (ALAC) was established in 1976 by Act of Parliament. Its aim is to encourage responsible use and minimise misuse of alcohol in New Zealand.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

A well respected network which has helped many face and overcome alcoholism world-wide. It is not a professional counselling service, it is a fellowship of men and women who, through shared experience, support one another and help each other beat their addiction.

Helpline: 0800 229 6757

AA participating lawyers network

If you have already reached out to AA and would like to get in touch with a network of AA participating lawyers email,

Please note this email address is not administered by the Law Society. It is operated by an AA participating practitioner who is willing to offer confidential support through shared experience and connect you with other practitioners who know what it is like to live with and overcome alcoholism.

Care NZ

Care NZ offers counselling, treatment and education for individuals, groups, families and the workforce in relation to drug abuse and alcoholism. Care NZ runs outpatient clinics with a network of counsellors throughout the country.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

A global organisation of recovering addicts. NA members are men and women from all walks of life for whom drugs had become a major problem, who meet regularly to help each other stay clean, and recover from the effects of addiction in their lives. There is only one requirement for membership: the desire to stop using. There is no cost to attend meetings.

Helpline: 0800 628 632

Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand (PGF)

A national non-profit organisation predominantly funded by the Ministry of Health with funds received from the gambling levy. Qualified counsellors provide free, professional and confidential counselling services for both gamblers and others affected by gambling and a dedicated Public Health team works on problem gambling issues in the community using a health promotion approach.

Helpline: 0800 664 262

Salvation Army Bridge Programme

Provides a safe, integrated, high quality treatment service to people whose lives have been affected by the harmful use of, or dependency on alcohol or drugs.


Note that the inclusion of these above-mentioned services does not mean that we endorse or recommend them. They are provided for your benefit as an initial point of contact. We recommend that you explore other avenues should you not be satisfied with the outcomes of using one of the above.

Last updated on the 9th May 2016