Friends and Family

To see a loved one develop a pattern of problematic behaviour is difficult enough; but do you also;

  • experience fear of what could happen to them and you if this behaviour continues
  • feel an obligation to help somehow, or even
  • feel some level of guilt that maybe you have caused or enabled this behaviour in some way

If you are working through these issues there is support available for you today.

Check out these resources;

We also offer private support options for you; contact us today!

What does it cost?

A 50-minute session costs just $120 plus GST

Can you make someone get assessed or treated for their substance use?

In February 2018 the New Zealand Government passed the Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment & Treatment) Act into law.

The act is designed to align the assessment and treatment of substance addictions more with the treatment of Mental Health issues which already allows for compulsory assessment and treatment options (PPP & R) where a patient’s safety would otherwise be compromised.

The first thing we need to note is that this legislation applies only to Substance Addiction; it does not apply to what was often referred to as the process addictions. Examples of the so-called process addictions include problematic patterns of gambling, accessing pornography and other compulsive sexual behaviours etc.

For obvious reasons however, the process is rigorous to protect the rights of the person being referred. People have the right to make dumb decisions!

However, subject to strict guidelines someone, most likely a close whanau/family member, may apply for an order to get a loved one assessed and if all other criteria are met, then subjected to a compulsory treatment order.

The most authoritative guides on this legislation are offered by the Ministry of Health and can be found here.

Compulsory treatment orders would require a patient (yes once under a compulsory order they cease to be clients/tangatawhaiora and are formally referred to as patients) to be treated in a designated residential treatment facility.

But,we know that no amount of treatment, compulsory or otherwise, can change a person; change is something that has to come from them.

If you would like to discuss this further please contact us.