We specialise in the treatment of addiction problems


Addiction is a complex condition, that is manifested by compulsive use of substances such as alcohol and drugs, or behavioural repertoires such as gambling, internet use (gaming, social media), sex (pornography), work, exercise, and the list goes on.

The word 'addiction' is derived from a Latin term for ‘enslaved by’ or ‘bound to.’ Anyone who has struggled to overcome an addiction, or has tried to help someone else to do so, will understand this.

Addiction has significant and powerful influences on the brain through structural, and functional change, and memory. It can be classified in general terms as manifesting in four distinct features.

  • Powerful motivation towards either using a substance or engaging in a behaviour (Craving)
  • Loss of control – inability to either reduce or stop
  • Physical and emotional discomfort when not engaging in the activity (withdrawal)
  • Continuance of additive behaviour despite significant adverse effects

There exists difference in most forms of addiction. With alcohol and drug use, neurological adaptation occurs over time causing a physiological dependence, this is experienced as the development of tolerance (needing an increased amount of the substance you get the desired effect i.e. pleasure), and withdrawal syndromes that differ from substance to substance.  Both elements are strong maintaining factors in continued use of substances.

Psychological factors such as memory (cues, urges, craving), emotional experience, and stress reduction (relief and escape) are also significant maintaining factors in addiction behaviour.    

Addiction and other Mental Illness commonly co-occur, many people with an addiction are also diagnosed with other mental health issues and visa versa. For example, compared with the general population, people with addiction issues are twice as likely to suffer from mood and anxiety issues, with the reverse also being true. Addiction may trigger or exacerbate symptoms of another mental illness. Experiencing mental illness can also lead to addictive behaviours, possibly as a means of 'self-medication' to temporarily alleviate symptoms of mood or anxiety issues.

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Individualised care

Capri Sanctuary provides specialist individualised treatment and care, to meet our guests specific needs and goals.

Testimonials "The skills taught, and Capri Sanctuary experience would be of benefit to anyone struggling to maximise their life potential, or suffering any issues holding them back. One of the best things I have done, five-stars.” 

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Empowering you towards a valued future

“Thank you Brent and the team at Capri Sanctuary for making me feel I can have a life worth living, and providing me with the tools and resources to deal with life's problems. ” — MH (Warkworth)

“I came to Capri Sanctuary with some complex issues and my stay has changed my life! I left feeling confident in myself and happier than ever. Everything was perfect during my stay.” — DG (Hawkes Bay)

“A Wonderful experience, I wish the Sanctuary had been available to me many years ago. I'm leaving a totally different person compared to who I was when I arrived. Thank you Brent and the team. Highly recommended. ” — SG (Melbourne, Australia)