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MANAWA ORA is a free community withdrawal service co-ordinated by our nursing team that aims to support safe withdrawal from alcohol and/or other drugs, supporting your move to improved health, recovery and wellness.

A tailored plan for managed withdrawal is completed with your full participation and support person e.g. whanau, customer advocate (as consented).

All community withdrawal clients need a key support person (e,g, friend, whanau, or advocate) over the 14 day withdrawal treatment plan period.


The nurse can:

  • On-refer, support, and advocate as per the treatment plan goals. It’s not uncommon to access a range of services as part of your plan and we can assist with this.

  • Provide home-based detox, progress and wellbeing need checks (by appointment). Treatment support accessible from 92 Spey Street, Invercargill.

  • Liaise and link you to addiction counselling services, support groups, community providers, Rongoa, Maori Service Providers, and other health services as required.

Who can make a referral ? 

  • Self-referral

  • Services of the DHB

  • General practitioner/nurse practitioner

  • Community providers

Who is eligible ?

  • Anyone who has an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol and who is willing to overcome their addiction

  • Who has whanau/friends who are willing to support the process and able to be present throughout the duration of treatment

  • Who has a home-based environment suitable for a safe and supportive withdrawal

  • Who is willing to accept support from other services available to ensure ongoing success


  • Withdrawal can cause symptoms of moderate severity and before commencing, initial assessment should ensure that the process is uncomplicated by illness or significant psychosocial issues.

  • It is the responsibility of the providers of this home detox service to ensure support services are informed and available for each individual client setting.

  • If the process would be deemed to be unsafe for the client, during initial assessments, every effort will be made to provide support services to eventually assist the client to meet the aims of the programme safely

Along with continuous goal setting, these supports will support the client to maintain their new pathway to improved health and wellbeing.

For more information you can contact

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust / 92 Spey Street, Invercargill / Phone 03 214 5260 / Free phone 0800 925 242

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