Getting help

The following information gives some contact details for people who will be able to help you if you are concerned about your own use of pain medication or that of someone you know. Your doctor or pharmacist will also be able to assist you to find help.


Lifeline 24/7 Helpline: 0800 543 354

Website of Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) in Auckland.

Phone: 09 845 1818  Mon-Fri, 9am to 4.30pm

For Māori health support at CADS contact:

Te Atea Marino, Māori Community Alcohol & Drug Service, Auckland

Phone: 09 845 1818


Search this website to find an addiction treatment service near you in NZ,

or phone the alcohol & drug helpline: 0800 787 797 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This website has a forum and general helpful information for people with codeine or dihydrocodeine addiction. It is based in the UK, so help contact information will not be relevant for New Zealand.

This website has some helpful information about opioid painkiller dependence and some stories of people who have developed dependence to opioid painkillers.

*Please note, the website is sponsored by the company that sells one of the main treatments for opioid addiction, so bear this in mind when reading anything it says about what treatment is best. The website is based in Australia, so the help contact information will not be relevant for New Zealand.