Harm reduction projects adviser for NZ Drug Foundation, Samuel Andrews, said lockdown was a big challenge for people wanting to maintain recovery or continue their treatment journey.
“It’s really disruptive if one of your strategies is getting a coffee with a friend down the road if you’re having a bad day.”
Andrews believes the biggest challenge post lockdown will be how to support people who have developed patterns of harmful use during Levels 3 and 4.
Southern team practice leader for Problem Gambling Foundation, Karena Quigley, said some of their clients had been in touch prior to lockdown asking for extra support.
“Others have found it a reprieve, [using this time] for clearing their heads and making changes.”
Quigley is expecting an influx of people looking for support in coming weeks, but one of her biggest concerns is when the casinos start advertising again.
“People will feel like they have managed to control [their addiction] so may be at greater risk [than usual].”