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Family Drug Support: Steps to Success programme

Family Drug Support Aotearoa is a New Zealand wide organisation set up to support family/whānau & friends impacted by the alcohol and other drug misuse of people they care about. The aim is to provide support based on science, compassion and human rights.
We now have an accredited practitioner in Nelson who is providing our Steps to Success programme for family members who are supporting a loved one with alcohol and other drug misuse.

For more information visit
or call 03 2818740

Steps to Success – Maahiranga ki te Angitu and the 5-Step Method

Living with or actively supporting someone we care about who has alcohol or other drug misuse, is often painful, frustrating and overwhelming. The most challenging part of this experience for many families/whanau is that it is so unpredictable.

The good news is that there are steps which can be taken, and as a family/whanau member, you don’t have to deal with this situation on your own. The Steps to Success programme has been designed to support you on what can often be an emotional roller coaster. There can be chaotic situations and moments of desperation and despair when supporting family/whanau members who have alcohol and other drug misuse. The programme provides opportunities to reflect on the impact this is having on you and the rest of your family/whanau, and guides you to develop practical strategies, so you cope better.

Topics covered include building coping and resilience in oneself, balancing life for family/whanau members, staying involved through chaos, building boundaries with love and care and much more. An accredited practitioner provides a confidential, caring and empathetic opportunity for you to develop strategies to support yourself and the person you care about who has alcohol or other drug misuse. Having a road map for the often-challenging journey has been shown by research to help families/whanau. We regularly hear stories from alcohol and other drug users who tell us that if it wasn’t for the continued support and belief of their family/whanau: partners, parents, siblings, they might not have made it. The programme has been running in many countries and is culturally inclusive.
Now New Zealand families/whanau can gain the support they need.

Comment from a family member:
“I am totally, totally grateful for this programme. I am feeling empowered through the knowledge gained. The programme was clear and easy to understand. I can better understand my place on this journey”. Kate

If you need to talk to someone for information or support call our trained volunteers on
0800 FDSupport (0800 337877)
from 9am-10pm 7 days a week

Article type: News and information

Contact Name: Lara Cusdin
Contact Phone: 03 2818740
Contact Email: [email protected]

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