APSAD 2018
Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs


APSAD Conference has organised a site visit to two key AOD services on Sunday 4 November in Auckland. A bus will pick delegates up from the Pullman Hotel at will take you to both services and return you to the hotel.

Registration is required and is only open to conference delegates. Numbers are limited (Max participants: 15)

Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) is a large community based alcohol and drug provider that engages around 15,000 people per annum in the Auckland region.

Higher Ground is a 50 bed Therapeutic Community also based in Auckland.

Websites: http://www.cads.org.nz/;  http://www.higherground.org.nz/

CADS Pitman House is located 20 minutes from the Auckland CBD

Higher Ground is located 10 minutes from CADS Pitman House.


Community Alcohol and Drug Services are specialist alcohol and drug services providing a service for the greater Auckland region and employs 220 staff. Treatment is recovery based and includes biological, psychological, cultural and environmental dimensions. The services’ primary aim is to improve the physical and mental health of people who have been affected by alcohol and other drug abuse.
CADS operates one central access telephone line (09 845 1818) for the public and daily “no appointment walk-in” clinics at five major locations (Point Chevalier, Takapuna, Henderson, Kingsland, Manukau) and approximately 30 satellite sites.

CADS, Te Atea Marino and Tupu provides a range of services:
• CADS Counselling Service
• CADS Medical Inpatient Detoxification Service (IPU)
• CADS Community and Home Detoxification Service (CHDS)
• CADS Auckland Opioid Treatment Service (AOTS - Specialist and GP programme)
• CADS Dual Diagnosis Service
• CADS Youth Service – “Altered High”
• CADS Pregnancy and Parental Service (PPS)
• WDHB Maori Alcohol and Drugs Services (Te Atea Marino)
• WDHB Pacific Island Alcohol and Drugs Services (Tupu)

CADS engaged 15,000 clients in the 12 months to June 2018. Alcohol abuse and dependence were the most common diagnosis, followed by cannabis, methamphetamine, opioid and prescription medication abuse or dependence. The services delivered 88,000 face to face contacts of which 45% is delivered in a group format. The client demographics show that the services are able to reach vulnerable populations through their low threshold access pathways.
10.00Welcome meeting at CADS Pitman House in Pt Chevalier
Overview of the services and programmes provided by CADS Service Clinical Director Dr Emma Schwarcz
Recovery principles by Consumer Advisor Sheridan Pooley
Visit to the CADS In-Patient Detox Facility at Pitman House
Higher Ground provides abstinence based residential treatment, within a 52-bed Therapeutic Community (TC). The programme is 18 weeks and based on Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 12-step recovery principles and other evidence-based therapies. The programme works on the belief that spiritual dimensions of honesty, open mindedness, willingness, faith, hope, respect and generosity are the foundations of healing. Higher Ground emphasises that clients need to take individual responsibility for their recovery.
12.00Welcome at Higher Ground in Te Atatu
Presentation of the Higher Ground programme
The importance of cultural identity for Māori in the recovery process
Tour of the Higher Ground facility
13.00Lunch at Higher Ground with the residents
14.00Return to Pullman Auckland


Register by emailing conference@apsad.org.au with your name, email and mobile number. Registrations for the site visit close Wednesday 26 October.


For more information on the clinical site visit contact Robert Steenhuisen, Regional Manager for Community Alcohol and Drug Services – Robert.steenhuisen@waitematadhb.govt.nz.