Because alcoholism affects the entire family, it makes sense that family members require their own recovery process to heal as well. We also know that alcoholics have a far greater chance of success when their family is involved and invested in the recovery process.

One of the ways we support families of guests at The Retreat NZ is by inviting them to participate in our Family Group held on the last Sunday of each month. This group offers support from volunteers and other families who have been affected by alcoholism of a loved one. The group is designed to be educational, focusing on boundaries that promote a healthy recovery environment when a guest leaves treatment and returns home.

 We all want our loved ones to find lasting sobriety and to live full lives in recovery from alcohol addiction. But how do we support them on their journey? How do we understand what they’re going through? How do we look after ourselves in the process? These are the types of questions we get asked all the time by family and friends at The Retreat NZ. Below is a list of resources we hope you find useful.

Not sure if your loved one has a problem with alcohol?

Intervention – Treatment – Recovery

Please note that these videos are made in America but are still relevant in New Zealand, apart from when they talk about insurance. Please disregard the references to insurance.

How to intervene with love

How to intervene with love

This intervention workshop guides families step-by-step in how to help an addicted loved one accept treatment. 

What to expect during treatment

Families have an important role to play. Discover tools on how to navigate during your loved one’s time in treatment.

Creating long term recovery

What can we do to create lasting change? What works and what doesn’t? We all have a role to play.

Don’t forget the kids

Some wonderful resources on how to talk to kids about addiction including interviews with Sesame Street favourites.

The Best Minds podcast

Interviews with thought leaders in the addiction and recovery field with a focus on what works and how to help a loved one get into recovery. Hosted by Jeff Jay and Debra Jay.

The Cochrane Library

A comprehensive review into the effectiveness of A.A. and other 12-Step programmes for alcohol use disorder.

Dr Stephen Jurd – Addiction and the Brain:

Part 1

In part 1 of this 4 part series of lectures, Dr Stephen Jurd, specialist in addiction psychiatry and Chairman of The Sydney Retreat, talks about addiction and the brain.

Part 2

In part 2 of this 4 part series of talks, Dr Stephen Jurd, specialist in addiction psychiatry and Chairman of The Sydney Retreat, talks about genetics, addiction and recovery.

Part 3

In part 3 of this 4 part series of lectures, Dr Stephen Jurd, specialist in addiction psychiatry and Chairman of The Sydney Retreat, talks about evolution in the brain in relation to addiction.

Part 4

In the final part this 4 part series of talks, Dr Stephen Jurd, specialist in addiction psychiatry and Chairman of The Sydney Retreat, talks about the brain in recovery.

Ian MacEwan

Health professionals specialising in addiction medicine explain how A.A. works alongside professional treatment in New Zealand.

Al Anon family group

Al-anon Family Groups New Zealand

A 12-Step programme which offers help and hope for families and friends of alcoholics.

The Retreat NZ Outcome Studies

In this document, we have summarised the number of guests we have had through since we started, along with the results of the satisfaction survey.

The Retreat USA Outcome Studies

The Retreat is collaborating with the Recovery Research Institute and Dr. John Kelly to conduct a three-year research project to gauge the effectiveness of The Retreat’s Twelve Step model of recovery.