Hanmer Clinic Peer Support

Kia Ora Hanmer Clinic Whanau. This year has been up and down with covid and farewells from some of our former staff members and CEO David Benton. Firstly, I would like to commend you all on managing as best you could during these challenging times. Wow, what a year it has been, as we come into the “silly season”. I feel it would be beneficial to start thinking of safety plans as this is not called the ‘silly season’ for no reason. Special occasions, Christmas, New Year’s, family members and money pressures can all be potential triggers for recovering addicts and alcoholics and its important we keep ourselves safe.

Safety plan ideas may consist of:

  • 12 step meetings
  • Self-care (medication, diet, exercise, and rest)
  • Contact with sponsor/support people
  • Travelling in your own vehicle (when attending events with alcohol)
  • Taking your own non-alcoholic beverages
  • 24hour support numbers (1737 anxiety helpline)


Hanmer clinic will be closed from the 23rd of December 2020 and re-open on the 5th of January 2021. However, if you are in need please do not hesitate to call our number and leave a message as the phones will be monitored. There will be joint groups available to all Hanmer clients on Tuesday 22nd of December at 10am and 6pm, a good way to check in before we break for Christmas. We encourage people to attend AA or NA while we are closed. A big thank you to the Peer Support Committee for their input this year and to all our clients for the hard work and commitment that has been put into their recoveries. Well done for choosing Recovery and for choosing you. From the staff and I at Hanmer Clinic we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday!

Love and blessings to you all,

Tarnia McCall

Here are some common slogans used in recovery circles. One way to use them is to write your favourite slogans on separate pieces of paper. Put them all in a small box and take one out every morning. Whatever the slogan is that you pick up, try to practice that slogan to the best of your ability for that day. After a while, the slogans will become a part of your every-day thoughts.

First Things First

Don’t Use No Matter What

This too Shall Pass

Live and Let Live

Let go and let God

Time takes time

One day at a time

Principles before personalities

Is your program powered by Will Power or Higher Power?

Progress, not perfection

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude

Misery is optional

God doesn’t make junk

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less

Live life on life’s terms

You can’t think your way into a new way of living…you have to live your way into a new way of thinking

If you do what you always did, you’ll get what you always got

The key to freedom is in the Steps

GOD = Good Orderly Direction

HALT = don’t get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired

Most things can be preserved in alcohol; dignity, however, is not one of them

HOW it works = Honesty, Open mindedness, and Willingness

If you sit in the barber’s chair long enough, you’ll eventually get a haircut

Don’t pick up, ask for help, call your sponsor, and go to meetings

It’s a simple program for complicated people

The newcomer is the most important person in any meeting

Keep coming back, it works if you work it

Learn to listen and listen to learn

To keep what you have, you have to give it away

Your worth should never depend on another persons opinion

Hanmer Clinic Peer Support Facebook Page

A safe place for Hanmer Clinic clients to receive ongoing support and stay connected with other recovering addicts/alcoholics. Because this is a closed private group; you will need to give one of the peer support persons your facebook details so they can add you, OR you can put your name on the notice board and it will be added.