Addiction in NZ


Addiction is a complex condition where alcohol or other drug use dominates a person’s life and usually includes a physical or a psychological dependence. It is a compulsion to use a substance, no matter what the consequences.

We’ve been a treatment provider, an advocacy group, an educational body, and now a data publisher. But our mission has never changed - to support those affected by alcohol and drug use.

Alcohol & Other Drugs


44%

of adult New Zealanders will try illicit drugs at some point in their life.

93%

of adult New Zealanders will try alcohol at some point in their life.

Harms of addiction


People suffering from addiction are at risk of Injury; disease; social and fnancial problems. They have a reduced quality of life which effects not only the individual, but their whānau and community too.

Substance use Disorder


12%

of New Zealanders will have a substance use disorder in their lifetime

Accessing Help


46,730

New Zealanders accessed treatment in 2016 for AOD related issues