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The Salvation Army Bridge continues to operate both residential and community-based alcohol and other drug treatment services, across New Zealand. 

With the threat of the spread of COVID-19 and in accordance with the directive of the NZ Government, all Bridge services have now moved to Alert Level 4 of the New Zealand alert system as follows:

Bridge Residential services continue to deliver safe, integrated and evidence-based engagement with tangata whaiora and can be contacted by phone or email for referrals. There is a suspension on all visitors to our facilities until further notice.

Bridge Community services are providing and will continue to provide 1:1 and group support and contact through phone and social media platforms, with office locations closed and face to face contact suspended, until further notice.

Please visit our Centres page for local Bridge service, phone and email contact details, or phone 0800 53 00 00



Whether you're considering getting some help for yourself or a friend or relative, The Salvation Army Bridge offers the opportunity to evaluate alcohol or drug use and explore ways to bring things under control again.

Freephone National Number (in New Zealand): 0800 53 00 00

What are the signs of an alcohol and other drugs problem?

  • Are you in financial difficulty as a result of your drinking or drug use?
  • Do you drink or take drugs more often now than you used to?
  • Do you require more alcohol or drugs to achieve the same effect?
  • Is your drinking or drug taking jeopardising your work performance?
  • Have you ever injured yourself or another person after drinking or drug use?
  • Is alcohol or drugs affecting your interpersonal relationships?
  • Has your drinking or drug taking caused you to have any health problems?
  • Complete the 'Is Your Drinking Ok?' test

If you answered yes to any of these questions or you are concerned about your current use of alcohol or drugs, The Salvation Army can help you decide the extent of the problem and identify solutions.

Click here to take the next step of inviting one of our staff to contact you.

Our treatment

We provide 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. You will be supported, challenged and encouraged to make positive changes in your life so that you can find hope, direction, peace and stability.

This purposeful, whole of life, person-centred, caring approach combines four key elements;

  1. Partnership: You will be in a purposeful relationship with the treatment team as you move along your own personal path to recovery.
  2. Community Reinforcement Approach: We go beyond education and advice to coaching and practice. Where practical, family and friends are encouraged to participate in your treatment plan.
  3. 12 Step Recovery Journey: The 12 Step approach suggests that the recovery includes a distinctly spiritual journey from a life of confusion and grief to a place of serenity and peace.
  4. The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army in Aotearoa New Zealand seeks to offer an evidence-based, best practice treatment for people moderately to severely affected by their harmful use of, or dependency on alcohol and / or drugs as a practical expression of its Christian based love and concern for all people in the community.

If you are concerned about your current use of alcohol or drugs, The Salvation Army can assist you with further evaluation to decide the extent of the problem and identify solutions.

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