We know that not everyone who completes our 30-day residential programme is ready to return to their home environment, which is why we offer continued support in our greater Auckland (Warkworth) sober living houses.

For those who need a bit of extra support, The Retreat NZ offers community sober living houses within the Warkworth area which can be a helpful transitional step for guests. The sober living houses give guests the opportunity to practice the principles of recovery in their daily lives while living in the community but still with our hands-on support.

Because alcoholism is a disease it therefore requires a special approach to overcome. Without integrated treatment programmes, relapse rates increase. The Retreat NZ is dedicated to helping individuals live a sober life in recovery. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities affected by alcohol abuse by providing supportive services grounded in the 12 Step principles. We achieve this by separating guests from their drinking environments and making sure that they are surrounded by like-minded individuals who are actively working towards, and passionate about finding sobriety. The Retreat NZ relies on community support to show our guests that they’re not alone with their struggles. Many of our volunteers have gone through the programme, which helps those currently struggling to find hope.

Clients having a chat around outside table


While there are many options for different sober houses in New Zealand, finding the right programme is one of the most important aspects of recovery. The Retreat NZ’s Sober Living community helps guests overcome alcoholism through providing a safe environment based on mutual respect, acceptance, and honesty.

The main thing to look for when considering sober living accommodation is the support that surrounds the independence. The goal is to transition guests from an intensive programme to a more independent programme so that they can begin to find their footing in the real-world while staying sober. While sober living may not be as structured or rigid, it will still require adherence to rules and ongoing participation in the programme.

Our off-site Sober Living programme encourages guests to continue to live sober lifestyles outside of the strict scheduling of our residential rehab programme. We view it as an interim step on the path to sobriety where people recovering from addiction can continue to live in a supervised and sober environment with structure and rules. Those enrolled in our Sober Living programme will need to uphold curfew, do their part in completing chores, actively work on their recovery with a sponsor and attend 12 Step fellowship meetings. Living sober in NZ is possible when you actively work towards making a change. The Retreat NZ is here to help.

When enrolled in The Retreat NZ’s sober living programme guests are required to follow certain rules. There are absolutely no drugs or alcohol allowed on either on-site or off-site locations and guests must participate in recovery meetings. We require active work with a sponsor in a 12 Step recovery programme and we conduct random drug and alcohol tests to ensure that these rules are being followed. Guests must submit rent payments on-time and be involved in either work, education, or service.


If you or a loved one are interested in our Sober Living programme or want to better understand how our programme works, please fill out the form and one of our dedicated staff members will contact you for more information.

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