1. Matrix Model: 16 week programme of daily treatment “Pick n Mix”
  2. Individual treatment and groups for ‘users’ and whānau (Steve Staunton & Sonya Porter-Auld)
  3. New Educator and Team Leader roles
  4. Four full-time positions Alcohol and Drug counsellors Northland DHB
  5. Four full-time positions Navigators in NGOs for quick response and assertive engagement (Segina Te Ahuahu)
  6. Additional Detox Bed in Timatanga Hau Detox unit (Jen Thomas/Rachel Beech)
  7. Employment Support positions (Becki Priest)
  8. Supported accommodation in withdrawal (Segina Te Ahuahu)

 Treatment in the community:

  • Contracted Service Response Workers/Treatment Navigators who will provide education and support in their communities and assertive outreach and engagement to people referred to the service (and their whānau) who are hard to engage and retain in treatment
  • Four alcohol and other drug counsellors and group facilitators, two employment support workers, and one new alcohol and drug psychiatrist. Housing support and two more beds at Timatanga Hou detoxification unit.

Screening and Brief Intervention

  • Simple screening is a brief process to discover the likelihood that a person has a problem, and the presence of other related problems.
  • Screening and brief intervention will occur at many points where people with problems present including GP practices, Emergency Department and in Police custody.
  • Brief Intervention will include screening, helplines, information and resources. Time limited counselling interventions as well as time limited group interventions will be available to whānau and people with mild to moderate problems.

Comprehensive Assessment

  • Comprehensive assessment is considered to be essential to identify the help that is likely to be most effective for the individual and whānau.


  • Counselling involves having regular sessions with an alcohol and other drug counsellor who can listen to an individual and assist them in recovering from the drug addiction. Counselling can be available by phone and in person and can be for an individual, couple of family

Group Treatment

  • For people with a drug problem and for whānau. People with an addiction will learn to reduce or stop using and receive support and strategies to maintain their recovery. Whānau support each other, learn about substances, manage their distress and support their whānau member.

Managed withdrawal

  • People with an addiction will sometimes be able to stop at home with support, at other times they may need admission to a detoxification service or supported accommodation to support them through the process.

Residential Programmes

  • Some people will benefit from a structured residential programme, the average length of which is 12 – 14 weeks, but can be up to one year or more.