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Opioid Dependence

If you think you or someone you know may be dependent on painkillers, then you’ve taken the right step by looking for information here. We’re here to help you learn about dependence, to the group of painkillers called opioids, and to guide you in finding help to overcome it. What is Opioid Painkiller Dependence? Opioid…

Anna’s Story

When I look back I see the journey with our son has been shrouded in substance misuse for a very long time. Publicly I was in denial, although privately I could see the journey he was on from his late secondary school days. Marijuana was initially his drug of choice. Most likely this was partially…

Nicholas's Story

Mother of a Heroin Addict Nicholas was a much longed for child. Aware I would have no further children, his birth seemed especially poignant. Lavished with love he flourished growing into a kind, caring, sensitive, intelligent boy. From a young age he was a voracious reader mastering Shakespeare, the bible and war history. For the…

Tena koutou katoa, greetings all.

Tena koutou katoa, greetings all. No Waitaha, ķati Mamoe, ķai Tahu me Tauiwi oku iwi.   I am a descendant of the first nations peoples from the southern lands of Aotearoa on my mother’s side with Dutch, English, Irish and Australian bloods on my Papa’s.  I grew up in a time where I was fortunate…

Vicky’s Story

My youngest child has always held a special place in my heart.  Like most mothers to their children, my son and I have always been connected to each other through a sweet love and complex bond. There was nothing I wouldn’t have done for him…but I couldn’t follow him down a path of destruction and harm, the direct…

Letter to Friends and Family/Whānau

Someone you care about is drinking or using drugs. You can see many ways he or she is creating problems in his/her life and creating harm in yours. Whether your partner, child, sibling or friend, you have stood by them in support as they have tried or refused treatment. You may have left them, kicked…

The importance of families, whanau and friends

Tony Trimingham, CEO and Founder of Family Drug Support Australia, talks about the importance of families, whanau and friends where there is concern about alcohol or other drug misuse by a family member or friend.