Helping Kiwis overcome addiction
Recent pressures have resulted in more anxiety; for some that has led them to a harmful use of alcohol or gambling. Last year a third of clients accessing Bridge services were aged between 30-39 years. Support is offered through intensive residential treatment or support in community settings. Specialist addiction treatment services include counselling support and psycho-educational groups. We have also invested in recovery-specific supported housing, peer recovery coaching and support in the community to provide wraparound support after completing the programme.
Oasis gambling harm services work not only with the gamblers but their whānau too, with 83% of participants' whānau finding that strategies they have developed to reduce gambling harm are working for them. We know many clients feel immense shame about their gambling addiction, so we are creating tools to engage earlier and faster with our services. Working within local communities, we are encouraging venues to adopt policies and practices that reduce gambling harm.
These services—whether Bridge for alcohol and other drugs or Oasis for gambling—help to move people towards a healthy and resilient lifestyle. The wraparound support and additional programmes help affect outcomes to ensure that there is a real long-term transformation.
A statistical snapshot of our addiction support in 2021:
- 5,396 people received support from Bridge for harmful use of alcohol and/or other drugs, across 17 locations.
- 794 Bridge clients received intensive residential treatment.
- 2,150 people helped through 7 Oasis services.
Real Life Impact:
Lucas has a drug addiction and frequently spends his money on drugs. He is unpredictable and his wife sometimes feels unsafe. She initially came to us for help with making the rent, food and social support. Her greatest wish is for Lucas to be clean and sober; for her and their son to have a good family life.
We supported her with a listening ear, provided food support and she knew this was a safe place to come to. It's early days but she says 'Lucas has been clean and sober for eight weeks. He is now employed again in the building trade'. Lucas' wife believes this is the beginning of good things to come for her little family. The team will stay in contact with the family so they know they are there for them.