Supporting Partners & Communities
How you can assist a family member or friend
Helping a loved one get into recovery doesn’t need to be stressful. Here are some steps you can do to help someone.
- 1. Is your loved one motiviated?
- 2. Don’t feel they’re ready for treatment?
If you feel they’re not ready, we recommend starting with 12-step recovery groups.
- 3. Need help supporting yourself or whanau (the family)?
There are local support groups that can help you navigate the challenges you may face in helping a loved one with addiction.
- Al-Anon Family Groups – community to help families with loved ones’ alcohol usage, with resources and tips on how to aid with recovery.
- NA (Narcotics Anonymous) – local community groups helping others recover from the effects of addiction. Groups help peers and offer an ongoing support network.
- AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) – local community groups providing help, advice and a support network to help with tackling alcoholism.
- CADS Auckland – provides a number of services, including free educational and therapeutic groups for people affected by alcohol and other drugs. You can meet other people who have had similar experiences, learn from each other and benefit from the knowledge of the group facilitators.
A safe and supportive residential programme for loved ones
Wings Trust provides a safe and supportive residential program that helps individuals overcome addiction and achieve long-term recovery.
- What is unique about the Wings Trust Manu Wairua model?
Each person lives in a managed house, with support from staff and home hosts.
- How does this programme make a difference?
Individuals learn how to live in a clean & sober environment and develop skills & habits necessary for long-term recovery.
- Why is the community model used?
This community environment ensures people can develop coping strategies to navigate the pressures of early recovery to maintain a fulfilling, substance-free life.
Learn the best methods to reintegrate back into everyday life
Our programmes focus on developing consequential thinking, relapse prevention, and emotional sobriety.
We use evidence-based best practices that help individuals make long-term changes, making it easier for clients to reintegrate into everyday life.
Group therapy, peer support, and the community play an important role in providing a sense of belonging and purpose, helping individuals stay motivated throughout the change process.
Supporting loved ones on their journey to long-term recovery
The adapted therapeutic community (ATC) model provides a structured, safe and supportive environment for your loved one to learn the skills and habits needed for long-term recovery.
Our programmes range from 8 weeks up to 12 months.
Clients who live in our community residence are supported by a home host and experienced staff.
The community environment ensures clients develop strategies to manage the pressures of early recovery to maintain a substance-free lifestyle.
Don’t miss out on key life moments, during recovery
It is important for individuals to have autonomy and independence on their recovery journey.
During treatment, we encourage individuals to spend afternoons on self-directed recovery activities. This can be used for pro-social activities such as:
- Attending community 12-step meetings;
- Rehab admission appointments;
- Going to the gym or sporting activities;
Mornings are spent on structured therapeutic education, process groups and 1-on-1 therapy.
We encourage individuals to maintain relationships with supportive friends and family, with options to have them visit or stay on certain occasions.
Our treatment programmes aim to nuture mana and foster long-term recovery from alcohol and other drugs through connection (whanaungatanga), accountability, and community (hapori).
How we keep loved ones safe
We have clear expectations for the expected behaviour within the community, such as promoting pro-recovery attitudes and being open to change.
Our high accountability model helps keep everyone safe by providing clear structure and boundaries.
All new clients go through a drug and alcohol assessment when they first arrive.
We also do random drug and alcohol testing to make sure all our houses are substance-free at all times.
Privacy & Confidentiality
Privacy and confidentiality are an essential element in recovery so that individuals have a safe and supportive environment to make progress.
We’re unable to share any sensitive information without your loved one’s consent. This also includes with other family members.
This is important so we can build trust with each member so they can feel comfortable opening up about their issues and work through them with their dedicated counsellor and peer groups.
Meet our Team
Wings trust was established in 1986, with over 36 years of experience in helping community members abstain from substances.
Tour our Residence & Community
Private, safe and modern residential spaces located across Mount Eden & Sandringham in Auckland.
We have 8 recovery houses available (hosting up to 35 clients), with options for women-only and LGBTQIA+ safe spaces.
Get in touch with us
If you need someone to talk to or don’t know where to start, we are here to help.READ FAQS
Concerned for a family member or friend?For someone else?
Our staff are happy to help answer any questions you may have, but we cannot enrol any person without their permission.Learn how to help loved ones