Addicted persons
Psychological dependency

Through listening and hearing

This report looks at the New Zealand government’s progress on implementing recommendations made in the 2018 report - He Ara Oranga: Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction.
Position paper

The opioid crisis in North America

North America is facing an epidemic of opioid addiction and opioid overdose with an unprecedented level of mortality. The crisis was spurred by a broad expansion of medical use of opioids, which began in the 1990s as a legitimate response to the under-treatment of pain...

Mental health and addiction workforce action plan 2017–2021

The Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Action Plan is part of an outcomes approach. It contributes to achieving the vision of the New Zealand Health Strategy. For mental health and addiction, this means enabling people to thrive and experience wellbeing wherever they live and whatever...

Responsible gambling and casinos

Explores the relationship between casinos and local gamblers, the regulatory environment and the effect of promotional and responsible gambling initiatives.

“Ice” (crystal methamphetamine): concerns and responses

Describes a pattern of increasing use of methamphetamine over the past decade. Summary There is no cause to feel impotent, despite disturbing media reports about methamphetamine. Methamphetamine has been around for some time. Although it is now available in a crystal form that is more...
Literature review

Evidence check: the effects of online brief interventions for the prevention and treatment of methamphetamine use

This review examined the evidence for the effectiveness of online brief interventions (BIs) to reduce youth methamphetamine use. It found promising but inconclusive evidence that online BIs may be a useful tool in preventing initiation of illicit drug use among youth, including amphetamine-type drug use...

The impact of gambling problems on families

Summarises the available research about how gambling problems affect family relationships and family members, how families cope with gambling problems, and the assessment and therapy options available to the family members of people with gambling problems. Summary Gambling problems can have severe personal consequences, including...

The Victorian gambling study: a longitudinal study of gambling and health in Victoria, 2008–2012

The Victorian gambling study is a longitudinal study of gambling and health in Victoria conducted between 2008 and 2012. This study is the only large-scale, general population, longitudinal gambling study conducted in Australia.

An analysis of addictive expenditure: a panel data model with fixed effects and time analysis

The panel survey of an activity that can both recreational and addictive (for example, alcohol consumption or exercise) - provides a unique opportunity to examine the behaviour of both recreational and addict participants, e.g. social drinking versus binge drinking - in ways that are not...