Here we answer some of your questions about Wairua. Please contact us if you would like to know more.

What is Wairua about?

Wairua is run by The Retreat who, like many other rabilitation centres around the world operate a 12 step residential programme of recovery. You are called Guests. You will be immersed in a programme that will educate you and change your lives. It will give you a new set of tools to help you to live a wonderful life if you work at it. Our staff and volunteers are passionate about the 12 steps and will guide you and work with you every step of the way.

How does Wairua work?

Wairua, a drug and alcohol recovery centre, is a sacred place that works in harmony with the 12 step programme. The seed of hope will be sown and you will flourish and grow. It is the start of the rest of your life.

Wairua separates the guests from their drinking or addictive environment and surrounds them with like-minded people who are passionate about finding sobriety. It reinforces the idea that recovery is a “we” program. It introduces guests to fellow alcoholics and addicts whose drinking and drug or other substance abuse problems have been solved and show guests precisely how to get sober. The Retreat model is firmly grounded in the principles of 12 Step recovery. We help guests become aware of their condition, embrace honesty and take direction leading to not only abstinence but improved quality of life.

How long do people stay?

Your primary care is for 30 days. We also have options available for an extended stay.

How much does it cost?

NZD$30,000 including GST. This includes accommodation, all meals, and of course the 30 day programme.

What are the admission requirements?

You must have completed a preregistration completed by a staff member on the phone or in person so we can gauge that you are coming to the right place for you. Importantly, you must have a willingness to change.

What family support is available?

We have a weekly support group for family which we call Family Group. It offers ongoing support after your loved one has left Wairua. Furthermore, we organise one-on-one meetings with our CEO for the families and loved ones to help find a solution to problems and concerns going on in their lives.  We are committed to helping families recover because families get sick too.

When is Family Group?

The family group is held on Sunday afternoons.

What is an alcohol and drug detox clinic?

An alcohol and drug detox clinic is quite different from a residential rehab centre like Wairua.

A detox clinic is a medical facility, staffed by trained doctors and nurses that are trained in managing withdrawal symptoms. Not all patients need to use a detox clinic.


Some withdrawals, such as that from an alcohol detox, can be life-threatening. Depending on the substance and level of dependency, a medical detox treatment may also be required. A drug detox can be varied and have different symptoms.

Wairua is not an alcohol and drug detox clinic however detox services are available at The Retreat clininc in Otahuhu Auckland, prior to checking in to Wairua. 

What should I look for when choosing a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre?

It is extremely important that, when selecting a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre and programme, you ask questions to find one able to help you reach your rehab goals. Before you do that, you have to be ready and willing to make the change in your life.

Define what a successful residential rehab experience looks like to you.

Would completing an alcohol and substance recovery programme, and remaining sober for 30 days be a success? 6 months? How about a year?

Making a connection to the right program will make it much more likely that you complete the program successfully, and maintain your sobriety after you return to your life.

Is Wairua the right drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for me?

Our drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre provides an immersive, supportive, 30-day intensive rehabilitation program modelled on The Retreat USA. Our primary goal is enabling our guests to understand and practice the power of the 12-Step program of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous. Our alcohol and drug rehabilitation programme are grounded within the most famous and successful rehabilitation programme on the planet.

How do we assist with Alcohol and Drug Relapse Prevention?

When you leave Wairua, you’ll have an alcohol and drug relapse prevention plan that’s been developed with you in mind, to cover the period after our programme’s conclusion.

Any more questions?

We want to make sure that you will not only find success but enjoy your stay at Wairuas residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme. Give us a call – we’re completely transparent and happy to answer any questions you may have.