Codeine or alcohol dependence

During this time of national lockdown, there might be some New Zealanders out there that need a little bit of extra help. There are some folks that for various reasons find themselves in a position where they are reliant on taking daily codeine containing products such as Nurofen Plus and Panadeine Extra, and are now struggling to be able to continue with this, due to diminished access. You might find yourself experiencing uncomfortable symptoms such as:

  • feeling irritable/anxious
  • trouble sleeping
  • teary eyes
  • runny nose
  • sweating more than usual
  • yawning
  • achy muscles
  • upset tummy
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • goosebumps.

Some people might also be used to having a daily alcoholic drink or two, and are now finding it difficult to continue with this. You might also be experiencing a range of uncomfortable symptoms as a result including:

  • shakes
  • headaches
  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • feeling anxious
  • trouble sleeping
  • sweating more than usual.

If this sounds familiar to you, and you need some support to get through, we can help here at Re-centre. We can offer a confidential video consultation through our e-Consult service with a medical practitioner, and together work out a plan to support you through this in a safe manner. This might include supportive medication, referral to other services where required, and/or counselling to get you through.


Re-centre welcomes referrals from General Practitioners, medical and psychological co-specialists, attending legal representatives and other care professionals, for expert psychiatric and psychological services (assessment, diagnostic and medico-legal reporting, care and management) to independently-funded people of all ages.

Call Re-centre +64 9884 8350 or email to discuss suitability and commence a referral.

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