Families & Whanau

Initial Assessment:

We welcome family members or support people at a client’s initial assessment.

It is up to the client to decide who comes to the assessment and whether they stay for all of it.

Family members and support people are also welcome at open meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.


Visits are on Sundays from 2:00pm to 3:30 pm. Visitors under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be turned away. Visitors are welcome to bring items for residents, such as clothes, reading material or money.

Please do not bring food. Do not bring items for residents other than the person you are visiting.

Visitors must abide by Higher Ground rules whilst on site.

The main issues here are around dress – please do not wear anything that has drug or gang associations, and nothing that promotes alcohol or gambling.

Please do not wear hats or sunglasses inside. You are welcome to wear these outside.

A Brief History:

The Family Education Group is for family / whanau / significant others. It is a four-week education group, on Tuesday nights at 7pm fortnightly.

Topics include:

  • The Therapeutic Community and Higher Ground.
  • Families and Addiction – The ‘Domino Effect’.
  • Addiction as a Disease Concept – ‘The Roots of Addiction’.
  • Guest Speakers.

Support people are invited to join this group in the first week of treatment, remain in the group for the three weeks and then join the resident they are supporting in Multiple Family Group.

Support people are welcome to attend a later education group they missed an earlier group.

Residents are not present in the education group as it is just for family/whanau and friends.

Multiple Family Group also starts at 7pm on Tuesdays and is for residents and family members. The resident and family members join this group on their fourth Wednesday in treatment.

Family members complete three Wednesdays in Family Education Group and then move into Multiple Family Group.

Each resident is encouraged to have two family members or support people at each Multiple Family Group.