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Waikato DHB - Community Alcohol and Drugs (CADS)

Mental Health & Addictions Service


Community Alcohol and Drug Assessment and Treatment

Programme Areas

Addictions - drug & alcohol

Programme Type

Community (medical detox), Hospital (medical detox), Opioid substitution treatment, Coexisting problems – mental health & addictions



Age Groups

Adult / Pakeke, Older adult / Kaumātua

Referral Types

Self referral, GP, DHB clinical services, Corrections

Referral Process

Self referrals are preferred although another person may make a referral with the persons consent and knowledge.

Service criteria/eligibility is adults, 20 years and older, however treatment will be provided to younger people in some circumstances due to service gaps. This is particularly relevant for rural areas. Clients younger than 20 years of age may be seen if no other provider exists in the area.

Our entry criteria requires that the individual will have issues associated with substance dependence. In rural areas significant others who identify as being affected by another’s alcohol and drug use maybe seen by the service.

The Community Alcohol and Drug Service (CADS) provide alcohol and drug assessment and treatment for:
  • individuals presenting with moderate to severe dependency or complex multiple substance use
  • individuals identified as having a co-existing mental health problem
The Hamilton service provides specialist services to the most severely affected client group. Comprehensive alcohol and drug assessment and treatment planning form the basis of service delivery. Further support and professional services available from the team include:
  • medical assessment and pharmacotherapy
  • single point of entry service for all referrals, which are then triaged to the most appropriate service
  • case management
  • alcohol and drug counselling and education
  • groups
  • assessment/stablisation bed
  • home detoxification programme
  • consult liaison service for those in Waikato Hospital
  • probation assessments
  • outreach clinics

Contact Details

193 London Street, Hamilton


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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This page was last updated at 2:02PM on May 4, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Waikato DHB - Community Alcohol and Drugs (CADS).