Chronic Sorrow

When people talk about grief, they usually mean the loss they feel when someone dies. But other losses bring a type of grief with them too…

Tuhaitara’s Story

I have recently celebrated my 18 years of complete abstinence from all mind altering chemicals along with taku hoa rakatira.

Vicky’s Story

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 result of his drug addiction.

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Beautiful Boy

What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong?’ Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps towa...

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Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

This New York Times bestselling memoir of a young man’s addiction to methamphetamine tells a raw, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful tale of the road from relapse to recovery. Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the ye...

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A myth-shattering look at drug abuse and addiction treatment, based on cutting-edge research. Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease, not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work a...

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Dancing on a Razor’s Edge

A New Zealander – If Mandy Whyte had listened to the experts her son Hemi would probably be dead now or incarcerated. After years of trying to convince him to get to rehab and after being told by various agencies to back off and wait for ...

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Where There’s Life There Really is Hope

Have you just discovered that someone you know is a drug addict? Are you heartbroken? Do you feel overwhelmed? If so, you are not alone. That is what happened to me. I thought I would have to bury my daughter by Christmas 2014. You can read the...

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Rehabilitated is Valeria Tokoar’s raw account of growing up with insecurity and anxiety and with a personality that found it hard to resist temptation. Always looking for the easy way out, Valeria made one wrong decision after another unt...

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Māori & Alcohol: A history

The first book on the subject of Māori and alcohol. It covers pre- and early contact with Pakeha, charting the introduction of alcohol into Maori society during the nineteenth century, the impacts of the New Zealand Wars, increased trade and co...

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Get Your Loved One Sober

Coauthor Dr. Robert Meyers spent ten years developing a treatment program that helps Concerned Significant Others (CSOs) both improve the quality of their lives and to learn how to make treatment an attractive option for their partners who are ...

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Mrs D is Going Without

A New Zealander – Lotta Dann was in trouble – her fun drinking habit had slowly morphed into an obsessive hunger for wine. One bottle a night was never quite enough. When she tried to cut down, she found it nearly impossible to have...

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Coping and Conflict

Support for families faced with problematic alcohol and other drug use

An informative resource called A Guide To Coping is a valuable resource for families faced with problematic alcohol and other drug misuse in family/whānau ...

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Not My Family, Never My Child

A practical handbook for anyone who suspects (or knows) someone they care about is a drug user. Drawing on the tragic loss of his own son to a heroin overdose and over 20 years working as a counsellor, Tony Trimingham cuts through the media hyp...