Confidentiality is a key concern for many people thinking about rehab. It is hard enough for an alcoholic or addict to admit their illness to their own family, let alone to the outside world. One of the biggest barriers to people getting help for alcohol/drug addiction is the stigma associated with the disease. If you or your loved one is a high profile individual it will be important to them that their treatment is kept private from clients and co-workers.

Wairua are aware that patients expect complete confidentiality and you should expect that addiction is treated with the same degree of confidentiality as any other health issue. The team at Wairua treat a client’s right to anonymity as a top priority and treatmen is completely private and confidential, which is required by law. Ensure your treatment is kept confidential by following these steps:

  • Early treatment will prevent the addiction from spiraling even further out of control;

  • Attending a facility that is located outside your usual locality and away from your office, can provide reassurance that no one in the local area will find out about your treatment;

  • Choose who you discuss the problem with carefully – avoid confiding in people who like to gossip;

  • Explain to close family members (where appropriate), that you are suffering from a complicated illness and need to take time to recover. Make them aware and informed about the situation; and

  • If you wish to keep your rehab stay private from their employer then you can use holiday allocation for treatment.

Anonymous 12 Step Meetings

Guests are encouraged to attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings as part of their drug addiction rehab programme. By nature, the 12-step model is completely confidential, ensuring anonymity and privacy. In AA and NA groups first names are used and registration is not necessary. Anything shared within these groups remains strictly confidential.


Family members are encouraged to attend Al-Anon meetings. These support groups provide a chance for families to meet and share their experiences and problems. Al-Ateen is the group run for teenaged children and is specifically geared towards this sensitive age group.

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