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From the New Zealand Drug Foundation

How to talk with young people about alcohol and drugs - Did you know video series

The facts in these resources were specifically to help start conversations with young people in New Zealand about alcohol and other drugs. There are eight videos in the series, which you can watch below. 

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From Matua Raki

Matua Raki is the National Addiction Workforce Development Centre. Many of the resources below are also available to order in hard copy, free of charge.
  • Real people share their recovery stories
    This booklet contains a collection of personal stories from real people and their different journeys to recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs.When a person first seeks help for an addiction they're often confused and close to despair. The purpose of the booklet is to let them know that others have found the help they needed to make recovery a reality and to sow the seeds of hope. Addiction doesn't discriminate and you are not alone. 
  • We are family: stories of family and wh?nau affected by someone else's use of alcohol or other drugs
    Being affected by someone else's problematic use of AOD can be challenging, shameful and lonely. These are stories of courage and hope, people sharing their journey with us and providing an antidote to the shame and stigma that keeps people isolated. 
  • Living Well: Life strategies for family, whanau and friends of people using alcohol and other drugs
    This is a resource for family, wh?nau and friends of people using alcohol and other drugs.  It provides suggestions, strategies and ideas about how families, wh?nau and friends can look after themselves during difficult times. This is a great resource  to offer to family and wh?nau.  Please see for more information on support for family and wh?nau.
  • Creating Spaces guidelines
    These guidelines aim to promote best practices for alcohol and other drug workers to engage with wh?nau, to maximise wellbeing and the capacity for positive change.
  • Bridging the gap: Young people and substance use 
    Young people's bodies are different to adults. In particular, substance use while the brain is developing can cause more long term problems than substance use when the brain is more developed. The aim of this resource is to increase the knowledge and confidence of those working alongside young people in the primary care environment (including youth workers, school counsellors and others in youth focussed practice) to address issues related to alcohol and other substance use.
  • Substance withdrawal management
    These guidelines provide an overview of the effects of substances, associated withdrawal symptoms and risk assessment, and general withdrawal management strategies. 

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