A reminder we offer a free counselling service for Bay of Plenty members at our office in Mt Maunganui. This is in addition to the toolkit service we already offer. 

This year we have a wonderful new counsellor, Deborah Dallas joining us.  If you would like to make an appointment to see Deborah please email her at brave2talk@gmail.com or text on 022 640 3245


The benefit of attending group meetings has been shown to empower the family which in turn can create a shift in the addicted family member so please try to get along to one of these September support meetings or join one online.


7pm, Thursday 15 February 2024  

This month we have Kirsty from Moana House speaking. Moana House offers a residential programme, for men with a connection to the criminal justice system who want to change their lives for the betterment of themselves, their whānau and their communities.  Kirsty will talk about the work they do and how they also support the families.

 Register in advance for this meeting.


7pm, Monday 12 February 2024

 Hanmer Clinic, 1235 Cameron Road

We are excited to have David Benton from Hanmer Clinic speak at this meeting.  David has lived experience and an enormous wealth of knowledge around addiction. This will be a truly informative meeting,  


11am, Saturday 03 February 2024 

Pickles Cafe, 1 Antares Place

Facilitated by people with lived experience who understand the challenges of loving a person who has an addiction. We encourage family and friends to come along to these meetings as a way to meet others, get support and learn about useful coping skills.



7.00pm, Thursday 8 February 2024
Rotorua Library, Haupapa St Entrance

Come along and be supported by people who understand what you are going through.  Our amazing Rotorua facilitators have their own lived experience and are welcoming and supportive of members with loved ones with substance use issues. Discussion, sharing or just sitting and listening.



6pm, Wednesday 28 February 2024

CADS, 7 Ronwood Ave

Come along to our new meeting venue at Community Alcohol and Drug Service (CADS) in Manukau.  Facilitated by the wonderful Gayle Billings, this is an informative, supportive group with people who are paddling in the same waka.  Speaker to be confirmed.


7pm, Wednesday 14 February 2024

Christchurch Central Services, Level 1, 55 Ferry Road

We are looking forward to having Hannah, Programme Director of Lived Experience in Mental Health and Addictions at the MOH and founder of Thriving Madly, and incredible community organisation. Hannah also has her own lived experience story.  This will be a fantastic meeting with plenty of support and time for Q&As



7pm, Wednesday 28 February 2024

1/52 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui

A wonderful group, facilitated by Ros and Shelley who have lived experience with a loved one in addiction.  A warm and welcoming space to share, ask questions or just sit and listen.


7pm, Tuesday 5 March 2024

AOD Community Trust, 28 Manning Street

Stephen King from the AOD Community Trust will be speaking. The Trust provides supportive accommodation for people prior to or following completion of a residential treatment programme and Stephen is highly experienced in the addiction field. 

If you can’t attend a support meeting, toolkit sessions can be done by phone or Zoom online. 

We will talk you through a plan that best supports your whānau situation.  Please get in contact to book a time or just to have a chat with someone who knows what it’s like.