Helen BOPThe 5 Step Method Implemented in the Bay of Plenty

The 5-Step Method is an original method of working with family members of substance users and problem gamblers, developed and evaluated by the AFINet Group in the UK. The Bay of Plenty Addiction Service (BOPAS) has recently supported the training of a senior AOD practitioner, Helen Smith in this approach and she is now an accredited practitioner. The 5-Step method gives a structured way to work with family/whānau that is both simple and effective. The model sees family members needing to support themselves rather than solely supporters for family members with substance or gambling problems. The five steps are completed separately in one hour weekly sessions.

The outcomes for families attending the programme and the feedback from both referrers and families have been overwhelmingly positive.

“Helped me to have clarity”
“Learnt new boundaries”
“Learned new ideas”
“Looked forward to coming”

“My clients whānau and support people have found the programme beneficial and very empowering”
“Supporting those whom are supporting our clients is such a fantastic service and provides a comprehensive wrap around service to enable our clients to overcome their unique challenges”

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