5-Step Family/Whanau Programme

Nationwide Online Support Available

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 5-Step 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. Experienced presenters, including a psychologist, provide 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.

Comments from Family Members* attending

“I particularly liked the information on coping strategies. The presentations were amazing. So helpful. I experienced encouragement, understanding and empowerment. If I had a friend in a similar situation I would definitely recommend this programme. It has helped enormously”. Bruce

“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

“I felt privileged people were willing to share their stories in such a supportive place. The material presented was so helpful. I definitely found the information about how to cope so helpful. I would definitely recommend this programme”. Moana

*Names have been changed to protect privacy


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