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Helping your loved one

A person struggling with drug use needs your love and support. When someone turns up at your door distressed or drug-affected, your immediate concern should be for their safety and the safety of others. This includes monitoring them for signs of overdose, or psychosis, and calling 111 if needed.

Tips for managing a crisis

Talk quietly and calmly as possible so things don’t escalate

Be encouraging and take their desire for help at face value

Wait until your loved one calms down or comes down

Follow up with them afterwards

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Managing withdrawal

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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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Online support resource if you or someone you care about is struggling with drug use

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Call 0800 787 797

Alcohol and Drug Helpline are available 24/7 for confidential advice, support and guidance

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