Who we are

We are dapaanz

we are dapaanz

Every day thousands of New Zealanders struggle with the effects of addiction. Every day addiction practitioners work with those who are addicted and those who care for them, to help make recovery possible.

Dapaanz is the membership association representing the professional interests of practitioners working in addiction treatment.

Dapaanz was set up in 2002 by addiction practitioners passionate about professional addiction treatment.  At the time, the Practitioner Competencies for Alcohol and Drug Workers in Aotearoa - New Zealand were 'hot off the press' and a national body was needed to implement and oversee these standards of practice.

Our acronym, dapaanz, reflects our first name - the Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa–New Zealand.  In 2010 we broadened our membership to include problem gambling practitioners and smoking cessation practitioners and our legal name became the Addiction Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa New Zealand.

Dapaanz is governed by a board who are elected by members and serve a term of two years. Look at our board policies here. Members are notified and encouraged to attend our AGM.

We are an incorporated society and a registered charity, affiliated to the Allied Mental Health and Addiction Group and a member of the NZ Drug Foundation.

to tatou uara / our values

whakamana / effectiveness

we judge our success by the calibre
of those in addiction practice

whakamanawa / positive

we are unrelenting in our effort
to make a difference

mana motuhake / empowerment

we believe that people have the
power they need to act for themselves

atawhaitanga / compassion

we treat people with dignity and empathy

tika / real

we don’t shy away from saying what needs
to be said - we are truthful in our actions
and realistic in our expectations.