The first step toward any alcohol rehabilitation (rehab) is the hardest one – it’s the honesty and courage to recognise you need help, and then reach out for it.

The internet is shrouded with information about various inpatient and outpatient alcohol rehab programmes. We understand that it can be hard enough just to pick up the phone, let alone know what treatment programme is best for you. We’re here to help you understand the difference between inpatient and outpatient treatment programmes, their advantages, limitations, or challenges.

Why choose a residential inpatient alcohol rehab programme?

Outpatient alcohol rehab programmes usually involve a person attending an appointment or group with strangers, then returning home again. Whilst these situations suit some people, they lack the accountability or structure an inpatient programme provides. In addition, many outpatient alcohol rehab programmes are not abstinence based and may focus on cutting down or ‘taking a break’. It is important to know that an alcoholic is someone who is powerless over alcohol and therefore cannot safely drink at all. The idea that they can moderate by attending a course should be smashed.


The first 30 days of sobriety are also the hardest as you struggle with physical and mental cravings for a drink. Navigating through this challenging time at a residential alcohol rehab maximises your chance of long term recovery. It enables your mind and body time to rest whilst you adapt to a new way of life and build a strong foundation for a fulfilling future. Those struggling to gain or maintain their foothold into a sober lifestyle will benefit from a residential “head start” on their 12 step recovery journey and being surrounded by people who understand and who have been in your shoes.

Becoming a Guest at The Retreat NZ

We refer to participants in our programmes as guests rather than patients because whilst our team includes qualified clinicians and practitioners, we are based in a loving and nurturing family-type environment. We know from experience that trying to get sober alone is nearly impossible – your alcoholic environment and routine are all too familiar, and alcohol is readily available when inevitable cravings kick in. But it is the first drink that sets off a craving for more in a cunning, baffling and powerful cycle that can be life threatening.


Approaches to residential programmes differ based on the centre, which is why it is important to take the time to research and find one that best suits your needs. We know that 12 steps facilitated programmes are proven to be the most effective approach for people suffering from alcohol use disorder and who have a genuine willingness to change.


The Cochrane Library Review conducted vigorous research into the effectiveness of the A.A. programme, to evaluate whether peer-led A.A. and professionally-delivered 12 step facilitated programmes achieve important outcomes, such as abstinence. It included 27 studies containing 10,565 participants and found that, in comparison to other treatment programmes, professionally led A.A. treatment programmes resulted in a larger number of days abstinent, particularly in the long term.

About our 30-Day Residential Alcohol Rehab Programme

The Retreat NZ is one of few residential rehabs that focuses solely on alcohol recovery,  most other treatment centres include other substance dependencies. This has enabled us to create a specialised, comprehensive 30-Day alcohol rehab programme which places our guests around like minded individuals. Not only are our staff and volunteers highly experienced, they are also uniquely placed to help because they have overcome alcohol addiction themselves. We want you to understand that alcoholism is a disease that doesn’t discriminate or reflect you as a person – you didn’t become an alcoholic on purpose but instead have a problem that you need to solve, for a better life for you and your loved ones.


Our programme provides the skills necessary for long-term recovery from alcohol dependency in a safe and supportive environment. We focus on individual growth, community involvement and dedication to the 12 step principles. Our approach is to treat the whole person, as well as the illness, and ensure that everyone who walks through our doors is treated with dignity, empathy, and respect. We welcome people from all over NZ and many international guests. We believe that connection is key to recovery and welcome ongoing contact with our alumni. It gives us great joy to celebrate sober milestones of ex guests.

As a private rehab, referrals are not necessary. All guests complete a pre-registration over the phone or are welcome to visit us and do this in person. 

TAKE THE FIRST STEP – Call us today for a confidential chat on 0800 276 237 or email us at info@theretreat.org.nz