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Why choose the Bridge?

The Bridge is recovery-focused using a range of evidence-based holistic approaches to reduce the physical, physiological and social harm that can result from the use of alcohol and or other drugs.


Here at the Bridge, we are also committed to supporting people who experience co-existing mental health challenges and take a kaupapa whānau (working with other services) approach in working together to support the well-being of our tāngata whaiora.

The Bridge welcomes diversity and is inclusive of culture, age, disability, sexuality and gender identity. If you are wanting to achieve abstinence or reduce the harm of alcohol and other drugs, then we are here to help.

Our services encourage participation in the development and practical application of skills where people are supported to set their own goals and recovery plan in order to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and or other drugs.


Our comprehensive recovery programme is supported by four key pou (pillars)

  • Partnership: You and your whānau will be supported and encouraged to develop your own personal recovery plan and pathway. We also work collaboratively with other service providers in support of achieving your recovery goals.
  • Community Reinforcement Approach: Supports and promotes a healthy lifestyle helping people discover new activities and opportunities that are recovery-focused and build positive social relationships.
  • 12 Step Recovery Journey: The 12 Step approach supports the exploration of spirituality and recognises this as an important aspect of a person's recovery. The 12 Step programme helps people develop self-awareness and encourages peer relationships through the national network of meetings.
  • The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army has a range of social services that are located nationally across the motu; these services are available for all Bridge participants.


Types of support offered:

  • Bridge residential services: The residential programme runs for a period of between eight to twelve weeks for all participants. 
  • Community day programmes: We offer a range of community treatment options; some of these may be connected as part of our residential programme. 
  • Continuing care: We provide a range of aftercare support that enable participants who have completed our residential programme to reintegrate back into the community. 
  • Family and whānau support: We encourage active involvement and engagement with whānau to build resilience and support self-management. These services are accessible to whānau and significant others of tāngata whaiora.
  • Recovery Church: Recovery Church is a safe community to explore the 12 Steps and spirituality with like-minded people and celebrate recovery milestones.

Find out more about how to join The Salvation Army Bridge and what to expect in our locations tab.