Peter Dawson founded The Turning Point in 2013 in response to the growing need for more detox facilities in Auckland, New Zealand. Offering both medically supervised detox and residential treatment, The Turning Point’s programming includes group and individual counseling, as well as an integration of 12-step recovery principles.
Accommodations and Food
Originally a single family home, the residential facility for The Turning Point was redesigned to accommodate the inpatient clientele. The bungalow style home is large and comes with ample outdoor space furnished with shaded sitting areas. The facility is co-ed with women and men separated on different sides of the home, and the bedrooms can each fit between two and three clients, each in their own full bed. The kitchen has new appliances and is adjacent to the spacious dining room, and clients share the common living room area that has a TV.
All the meals are included in the clients’ stay and are prepared on site by staff.
Treatment and Staff
At the initial assessment clients are given an individualized detox and treatment plan. Depending on what the client is detoxing from, that process can take between three and 14 days. During detox there are group sessions and AA/NA meetings held on site. Once the client is stabilized and can participate, they are encouraged to do so. Clients have their treatment plan reviewed on a daily basis by the clinical director, and during treatment clients are provided with aftercare options.
For those who do stay in treatment at The Turning Point for the 30 to 90 day residential treatment, their goal plan is revised, and as they move through programming stages they develop a relapse prevention plan. The focus of treatment includes resocialization, coping skills, and tending to each client’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. There are several daily group sessions, at least one individual session per week, and services for those with a dual diagnosis.
There is always a nurse on duty 24 hours a day to monitor the clients. Additional staff are drug counselors and support staff.
All clients who complete at least 30 days in treatment qualify for the 24 month long continuing aftercare program for free. This program consists of two meetings per week on Monday and Friday nights. There is also a family program once a week for loved ones who can attend a 12-step based meeting and receive individual therapy with an alcohol and drug counselor.
The Turning Point aims to provide refuge for those who need to rid themselves of drugs and alcohol in a safe and private place. The housing is comfortable and accommodating, and the structured daily programming is comprehensive. Aftercare is also a solid asset of this facility. The Turning Point is a viable option for residential treatment for both substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.
The Turning Point
20 Kingsway Avenue
Auckland, New Zealand
The Turning Point Cost: $23,800 NZ [$16,384 USD, per publishing day exchange rate] (30 days). Reach The Turning Point by phone at 0800 863 3869.
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