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Alcohol and or other Drugs

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome to this Alcohol and Other Drugs section.

This section has been developed with the support of
River Paton, Manager, Alcohol and Drug Service, Taranaki District Health Board.


Taranaki Alcohol and Drug Services

Taranaki Alcohol and Drug Services offer a range of free services, funded through the Taranaki District Health Board to people aged 18 yrs and older  in the Taranaki region wanting to solve an alcohol or drug related question, issue or problem.
Our confidential services aim to help reduce the harm caused by alcohol or drug use.

The Alcohol and Drug Services operate from New Plymouth base hospital and various satellite sites throughout the Taranaki Region. The Services offer individual and group counselling, a dual diagnosis service, detoxification and withdrawal management, opioid substitution treatment and short term residential placement.

If you are looking for information or help for an alcohol or drug issue, for yourself or anybody else, then take that first step and give us a confidential call on 06 753 7838 or just drop into the service.

Contact us  Monday to Friday 8.30 am -4.00pm,
appointment not always necessary
After hours contact
Alcohol and Drug Helpline free phone 0800 787 797


The Taranaki Alcohol and Drug Services runs a number of free educational and therapeutic groups for people who may have issues with alcohol and drugs.
Taranaki Alcohol and Drug Service groups are run in many locations and at different times throughout the week.  To find the right group for you and for details (times and venues),

Tel: 06 753 7838 and ask to speak to a Duty Counsellor.

The information provided is not intended to replace the advice of your General Practitioner (GP) or other health professional.

Concerned about someone else?

Here at Taranaki Alcohol and Drug Service, we are aware that being alongside someone who is using substances problematically can be very stressful and may have a negative impact on family in many ways, emotionally, financially and socially. Families therefore may need to access services themselves for support.

We are also aware that when our clients have family included in their treatment it strengthens the work we do and can enhance positive outcomes.

Taranaki Alcohol and Drug Service is committed to including family in our service provision. If you have concerns about another person's use of alcohol and/or other drugs and want information about treatment options for the person who is using or seeking support in your own right, then we have a range of options for you:

  • Information about the process of dependency and recovery
  • Information about substances
  • One to one counselling for you
  • Family & friends support groups are available
  • If the person you are concerned about is a client of Taranaki Alcohol and Drug Services then it may be possible for you to be included in their treatment plan (if they are willing).

Some websites that you might find helpful:

Relationship Services - contact on 753 7838 Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.00pm

Other Useful Links:
Offers a range of alcohol and other drug information and a telephone helpline around alcohol and other drug use. 10am-10pm 0800 787 797

For resources, self screening tools and other alcohol related information

Alcohol Healthwatch

Drug Info Clearinghouse
The drug prevention network

Bridge Programme (Salvation Army)
Offers a range of addiction services including residential

A site full of useful resources

Higher Ground
Assists people to overcome their addiction and live a drug and alcohol free lifestyle

Mental Health Foundation of NZ
Expanding the awareness of mental health promotion

Needle Exchange Programme

Up to date information with a NZ perspective

New Zealand Ministry of Health

Odyssey House
Operates a Treatment Centre for people of all ages with Drug, Alcohol, and Gambling addictions.

The safer partying drug information guide

Has the primary goal of enhancing the health and well being of young New Zealanders, especially 15-18 year olds

Giving people access to connect with Health and Social Services

Gambling helpline details and information.

If you are looking for information or help for an alcohol or drug issue, for yourself or anybody else, then take that first step and give us a confidential call on 06 753 7838 or just drop into the service.

Taranaki Alcohol and Drug Services can be contacted Monday to Friday 8.30am -4.00pm, appointment not always necessary.


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The Ministry of Health

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