Doctor with Files
Doctor with Files

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Hospital Employees
Hospital Employees

Doctor with Files
Doctor with Files


Alcohol and other drug addiction is a chronic, progressive disease to which health care providers (nurses, doctors, psychologists, social workers), pilots, lawyers, executives and any "safety-sensitive workers" such as first responders, police officers and those who work for the railroad and other professionals, are not immune. We specialise in helping professionals address substance use issues—while assisting you in returning to work in your career.


Understanding Your Situation as a Professional

The very strengths professionals have—problem solving, caretaking, perfectionism—can be stumbling blocks to recovery from addiction. Workplace challenges that may impact recovery include:

  • A business culture of using alcohol or other drugs

  • Access to narcotics

  • Stressors that are specific to your occupation

  • Work hours that impact work/life balance

  • Expectations in the work environment around public safety


At Wairua, a multidisciplinary team will work with you to understand your situation and determine your individualized treatment plan. Our mental and medical assessments and taking of a thorough substance use history will determine if addiction treatment is needed and, if so, what level of services will best fit your individual needs.


Addiction treatment at Wairua utilises the Retreats evidence-based practices and a Twelve Step approach. Core treatment services include:


  • Medical detoxification when needed at our specialised Otahuhu, Auckland facility

  • Initial and ongoing assessment and treatment planning

  • Integrated mental health services

  • Gender-specific programming

  • Individual therapy

  • Educational sessions on the disease of addiction, family dynamics, relapse triggers, Twelve Step recovery principles and more

  • Wellness and spiritual care

  • Twelve Step meetings specific to your profession, when available

  • Continuing care planning


Our Professionals Program also addresses back-to-work issues such as:

  • Career restoration

  • Professional practice and reputation

  • Licensing or disciplinary matters

  • Participation in monitoring programs

  • Continuing care

  • Documentation needed at discharge for a referring organization


Extra Focus When Needed

More often than not, addiction comes with complicating factors such as co-occurring mental health issues related to depression, anxiety or trauma. We take an integrated approach to your care, addressing addiction and mental health issues at the same time. Your treatment team includes mental health professionals who design your care plan with whatever therapies, services and medications are appropriate.


Individualised Treatment Plans

Your treatment plan will be based on continuous assessment of your progress. Professionals may experience other issues that complicate recovery. Based on your assessment, our team may add to your treatment plan one or more specialised programs that address:

  • Trauma

  • Gender or sexual identity

  • Pain

  • Opioid use disorder

  • Body image

  • Relapse prevention