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Contact your local Community Alcohol and Drug Service:

District health board (DHB) community alcohol and drug services (CADS) will provide free support for people with serious alcohol or other drug problems and/or their family members to seek compulsory treatment under the ADA Act or other treatment options where appropriate. Local contacts can be found under the Hospitals and other health service providers section in the White Pages.

Contact the free Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797 (or

The ADA Act can be viewed or downloaded at


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