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Support for Family and Whānau


Drug Help


Information and videos for people worried about someone’s drug use (including alcohol). This website has tips and tools for self-care whilst supporting someone with addiction.


Family Drug Support Aotearoa New Zealand (FDS)

FDS is a New Zealand wide organisation set up to support family and whānau and friends impacted by alcohol and other drug use of people they care about. The aim is to provide support based on science, compassion and human rights. Free phone counselling between 10.00am and 10.00pm every day. FDS supports a harm reduction model.


Familial Trust: Because Families Matter

Familial Trust is based in Christchurch and provides face to face and online counselling for people negatively impacted by someone else’s use of alcohol and other drugs. Familial Trust operates a sliding fee scale between $85.00 and $35.00 per session


Health Promotion Agency (HPA)

How to talk to someone about their drinking.
Practical seven step guidance to have the tricky conversation


New Zealand Drug Foundation (NZDF)

Worried about friends or whānau? Looking after Yourself.
Even when the person you are concerned about really wants to change, being a successful support person isn’t easy. Taking care of your basic needs can give you a solid foundation for dealing with the tougher stuff.



Resources for parents, family and whānau. Includes written information sheets, videos and useful website links to assist those supporting young people with their wellbeing


Te Pou is a national workforce centre for mental health, addiction and disability in New Zealand  

What is Opiod Substitution Treatment Booklet?
This informative brochure has been developed for the the family, whānau and support people of people receiving opioid substitution treatment (OST). It helps shed some light on OST so support people feel well supported to understand this treatment option.


Brave Hearts

Uniting Addicts Families. Te Tahi I Te Whānau Awhina
Brave Hearts are a free support service for people with family & whānau & friends in the grips of problematic substance use. Brave Hearts facilitates group meetings in the community, provides phone support and can refer those who need it to counselling or other professional service providers. Everyone is welcome.


Family Connections

Family Connections is a free course for family members who have a relative with emotional regulation difficulties.  The course is co-facilitated by a trained family member and a trained professional to focus on the needs of family members.  People get information that is relevant to their circumstance and practice communication skills that promote positive relationships.

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