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Common questions about drug and alcohol rehab

Addiction treatment programs help you break your habit and become the best version of yourself. Our supportive team and range of programmes can help with addiction to alcohol or drugs, including rehabilitation for meth. 

The House of Hope is found in Auckland but welcomes guests from around New Zealand. Read More... 

Although this term seems self-evident, there can be some confusion about its definition. Which leads us to ask: what is an alcoholic?  


An alcoholic is a person who suffers from alcoholism. With alcoholism defined as the strong need to consume alcohol to the extent that a physical, social, and psychological dependency is formed. Like any addiction, alcoholism can create significant anxiety when not satiated. Read More...

A drug and alcohol detox clinic is different from a drug and alcohol treatment centre such as House of Hope. 


A detox clinic is a medical facility, staffed by doctors and nurses who are specially trained to manage withdrawal symptoms. Read More...

With guests who have previously journeyed down the path of recovery, experience shows that the desire to relapse can soon appear. We believe that the key to avoiding a drug or alcohol relapse is through continuous engagement with the recovery community. This may be in the form of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting (of which there are many all over New Zealand) at a time that suits you, and in a place that you feel safe in. Read More... 

When selecting a drug and alcohol recovery centre it’s important that you ask questions to ensure you find one that’s best suited to help you achieve your rehab goals. But before doing that, you must establish what your rehab goals are. Read More...

We provide an immersive and supportive 30-day intensive rehabilitation programme modelled on a holistic approach. Our primary goal is for our clients to understand and practice the power of therapy sessions, yoga, mental health, nutrition, and the 12-Step programme. Our alcohol and drug rehabilitation services are grounded within the most successful rehabilitation programme available. Read More...

Nearly all addicted individuals believe at the outset that they can stop using drugs or alcohol on their own, and most try to stop without treatment. Although some people are successful, many attempts result in failure to achieve long-term abstinence. 


Research has shown that particularly with drugs, long-term abuse results in changes in the brain that persist long after a person stops using drugs. These drug-induced changes in brain function can have many behavioural consequences, including an inability to exert control over the impulse to use drugs despite adverse consequences—the defining characteristic of addiction.

The best ways to help a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol may seem counterintuitive, especially for people who struggle with co-dependent relationships. 

Some of these methods may seem harsh, but they come from a loving approach with the goal to help the person overcome their addiction and to help all parties heal.

Remember that addiction is not a choice or a moral failing; it is a disease of the brain. Addiction is ultimately a condition that the individual must learn to manage; no one can take the fight on for the addict. But you can:

  • Set boundaries and stand by them.
  • Encourage the individual to seek help; this may include finding treatment resources for them.
  • Find a therapist who specialises in addiction counselling and get help. Loved ones of addicts need support too.
  • Set an example for healthy living by giving up recreational drug and alcohol use.
  • Be supportive, but do not cover for problems created by substance abuse. The person struggling needs to deal with the consequences of their addiction.
  • Be optimistic. A person struggling with drug or alcohol abuse will likely eventually seek help due to ongoing encouragement to do so. If they relapse, it is not a sign of failure; relapse is often part of the overall recovery process.

Treatment is intended to help addicted individuals stop compulsive drug or alcohol use. 

Treatment can occur in a variety of settings, take many different forms, and last for different lengths of time. Because addiction is typically a chronic disorder characterised by occasional relapses, a short-term, one-time treatment is usually not sufficient. For many, treatment is a long-term process that involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring.

What are the stages of recovery?
During treatment there are usually four major steps on the way to recovery. These start with detox and proceed through therapy and classes to out-patient follow-up treatment. We follow a thorough 12-step programme to ensure you have the best chance of long-term success.

Detox is separated into two types.

Medically assisted (or medically supervised) detox – This type of treatment is done under the care of medical and mental health professionals. The observation is helpful to increase safety and comfort levels for people undergoing the painful symptoms and potential medical complications that may result from ending substance use. At times, medications can be administered to ease the process and reduce the strong cravings for the substance that typically are experienced at this point.

Clinically managed (“social”) detox – This style is a short-term, non-medical strategy for someone wanting to end substance use. Some social detox settings will only provide a room for detox to take place while others will provide more hands-on treatment approaches including peer encouragement and professional support throughout the detox duration.The best option will depend on the substance being abused, the current level of physical dependence and the desire/need of the individual to use or not use medically assisted techniques. 

At the end of detox, staff will generally try to link the patient to follow-up treatments for substance use and mental health concerns.It is an important step in substance use treatment and sets the stage for recovery, but it does not represent complete treatment for addiction or drug dependence. Professionals will recommend and refer patients to appropriate treatments based on:

  • Their success during detox.
  • Their commitment to recovery.
  • The presence of co-occurring mental or medical health issues.
  • Their level of support at home.
  • Their ability to attend and afford various treatment programs.

Possible referral options include: 

  • Residential rehab
  • Sober living/halfway house
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Support groups

Residential rehabilitation, also called residential rehab, describes a drug and/or alcohol or process addiction treatment program that is provided to patients in a residential setting.

Patients reside at the residential treatment facility for the duration of their treatment program, which may be short-term (30 days or less) or long-term (more than 30 days). The length of treatment time depends on the type of addiction, duration and frequency of use, any co-occurring addictions or mental health disorders, and other factors. 

What is the best rehabilitation centre?
The best rehab centre for you depends on many things and it is important to find one that is a good fit. We encourage you to get in touch with us to see if we are that fit.

People completing these programs must engage in a long-term aftercare program in order for their recovery to be successful. Such a program will inevitably mean some form of outpatient treatment following completion of an inpatient treatment programme.

Individuals interested in in-patient treatment for alcohol use disorders should consult with their family, friends, and professional treatment providers at residential treatment centres to decide if the particular program is suited for their needs.

At House of Hope we have a number of after-care programmes that we can recommend and offer on-going support.

While what constitutes "the best" may vary according to personal opinion, there are a couple of features that are important to consider:
  • A holistic approach - does the centre treat your whole self or is the addiction the focus? We think working with drug and alcohol dependancy means working with your body, your mind and your outlook.
  • Life experience - does the staff have their own real life experience with addiction? We believe that the most successful results are achieved with the support of people who've been there and are addicts in recovery.


If you are ready to discover what living well can be like, contact House of Hope at any time for a confidential, commitment-free discussion.