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A Guide to the Addiction Treatment Sector in Aotearoa New Zealand

This guide aims to enhance the reader’s understanding of the addiction treatment sector and reviews:

  • substance use and gambling in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • substance use and gambling disorders
  • screening, assessment and treatment
  • services, practitioners and workers who provide addiction treatment in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • the national infrastructure that supports addiction treatment: organisations, resources, policies and relevant legislation.

This document has been written for practitioners new to the addiction sector and health and social service professionals from other sectors. Readers of this guide will gain a greater appreciation of the nature and extent of addiction-related problems, how the impact of addiction-related problems might be minimised and the rationale for different interventions and approaches.



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