Living with the despair of someone else’s alcohol addiction can be heart-breaking – especially if they are unwilling to seek help. Intervention opens the door to treatment for alcoholism and paves the way for long-term recovery.


Alcohol dependency and alcohol use disorder can not only destroy the person afflicted, but all those around them. Not knowing what to say or how to help can be difficult and frustrating.

If someone you care about is suffering with alcohol dependency the first thing you need to understand is that you didn’t cause it, you can’t control it and you can’t cure it. The best thing you can do is be ready when they’re ready. But what if you don’t think they’ll ever be ready? If you’ve tried everything to no avail and can’t convince them to seek help, a well-planned and supported intervention could be an option.

There is hope. The Retreat NZ is the only alcohol rehab in New Zealand providing alcohol intervention services by trained professionals – giving families hope and tools to help their loved ones suffering from alcoholism.


Despite what you might have seen in movies and on TV, an intervention for alcohol addiction is not about shaming the person or ambushing them. A Love First Intervention is an in-depth process which requires a thorough assessment and work with the family to help educate them, provide them with support and help manage expectations.

Love First Intervention has a 95% success rate to get the person into treatment.

The Retreat NZ CEO and Love First Intervention practitioner Janet Thompson shares how a Love First Intervention can help get a loved one suffering from alcohol addiction get the help they need.


Alcohol use disorder and alcohol dependency are serious and progressive issues leading to much bigger problems. If someone is struggling with alcohol dependency the most crucial step is accepting that they have a problem. Unfortunately, someone who’s in dire need of alcoholism recovery can be in denial and, therefore, is the last person to recognise they have a problem.  It is one of the most frustrating things for families and friends to witness 0 it seems so obvious that they need help, yet they deny there is a problem.   In such circumstances, family and friends can still reach out for help on behalf of the victim.

Some of the early symptoms of alcohol use disorder may include:

  • Alcohol-related problems with family and friends
  • Driving when drunk
  • Frequent and unsuccessful attempts to quit drinking
  • Exceeding planned drinking limits

As the condition progresses, people become more dependent on alcohol. The symptoms can worsen and may include:

  • Increased alcohol tolerance
  • Inability to get through the day without alcohol
  • Uncontrollable craving for alcohol
  • Inability to quit alcohol despite numerous attempts
  • Drinking secretly and lying about alcohol consumption
  • Increased aggression and/or increased isolation
  • Inability to maintain relationships or jobs
  • Tremors, blackouts, seizures, and panic attacks

Treatment for alcoholics focuses on both the medical and psychological effects of the addiction. While alcoholism recovery can be a long process, it can lead to lasting solutions. The Retreat NZ offers effective help that embarks on teaching coping mechanisms, healthy stress management and therapy.

How to tell if someone you love has a drinking problem?

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If you’re ready to receive the support you need to help your loved one find recovery from alcohol addiction and are interested in finding out more about our Love First Intervention programme, please fill out the form and one of our dedicated staff members will contact you for more information. Or feel free to contact us on 0800 276 237 – help is just a phone call away.

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