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Supporting change

Most people eventually come to a point where they have had enough because they see the negative effects of their drug use greatly outweigh any positives. This is when they can make a committed decision to stop. The first step is figuring out the best option for them, and how you can help.

A counsellor or GP can usually provide advice on where to go for the right type of help. You, or your loved one can call the Alcohol and Drug Helpline (0800 787 797) for confidential, non-judgmental expert advice. It’s free and open 24 hours every day.

What you need to know about withdrawal

Withdrawal can be uncomfortable and challenging

People who have use drugs for a long time can become undernourished

Be encouraging, help your loved one recognise success

Remind them of the reasons they decided to quit

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Seeking treatment and support

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Drug Index

We believe that access to accurate, clear information is essential to reduce drug-related harm. This index provides harm reduction advice for drugs that are common in New Zealand.

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