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At Capri Hospital we have a proven track record of helping individuals and families recover and learn to manage a wide range of mental health, drug and alcohol issues. View some of the recovery story videos from people who have become part of the Capri Hospital family.

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  • Denises's Testimony

Proven track record helping New Zealanders to recoverProven Track Record

Capri Hospital has provided comprehensive treatment for fifteen years. As a registered private hospital we treat mental health and substance use disorders.

Highly qualified medical staffHighly Qualified Staff

The Capri Hospital utilizes a multi-disciplinary team, including psychiatrist, doctors, 24 hour nursing care, specialised therapist, and recovery coaches.

On-going support to help rehabilitationOn-Going Support

The Capri Hospital 12 month programme includes residential treatment, extended residential care, intensive continuing care, and outpatient options.

Family friend enviroment and support systems Family Friendly Enviroment

Capri Hospital is a family friendly environment. We aim to support the whole family in loved ones recovery.

70% of clients in recovery after two years.

Capri Hospital Online Tour Video
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Welcome to Capri Hospital

If you’re here because your world, or the world of someone close to you is falling apart due to mental health, alcohol or drug issues, and you or they have a desire for change, there is hope. And it can start now with a phone call to Capri Hospital.

And even if all you have, or all they have is the need for this to stop, there is the potential for change. And it can start now with a phone call to Capri Hospital.

15 years of treatment and going strong

Capri has spent 15 years helping people like you get what they want: the chance to lead healthy, functional lives. We can help you start your recovery from a range of problems:

  • mental health issues like depression, anxiety, trauma and bulimia,
  • as well as alcohol, drug and gambling problems.

What’s our secret?

Our staff and programme form the bedrock of your succsessful treatment, which is tailored to your specific circumstances and ongoing need for support.

The right therapeutic community

We provide a caring and supportive therapeutic community made up of an experienced multidisciplinary team, many of whom are in successful recovery themselves, and of course, courageous individuals like you who are focussing on being well. We know how it feels. We know how to get you through this.

Not-for-Profit. All about treatment.

Capri is a registered private hospital offering an intensive, 4-week residential treatment programme with ongoing support for 12 months following the successful completion of your time with us. And because we’re not-for-profit your fees constantly go into improving the treatment we provide.

The first step towards recovery is closer than you think. Call our friendly admissions team, Michelle or Denise, on 0800 22 77 41.

Our historyOur History

Guy Smith and Tom Claunch co-founded Capri Trust in 1999. Guy, a business man who struggled with his dependence on alcohol for over 30 years and attended multiple treatment settings around the world, was unable to achieve a sustained period of abstinence. Dr Stephen Jurd of Northside Hospital in Australia introduced Guy to Tom at Queen Mary Hospital, Hanmer Springs in New Zealand’s South Island that specialised in addiction treatment. At the time Tom was the CEO of Queen Mary Hospital and a recovering alcoholic of 30 years himself. Tom worked extensively establishing alcohol and drug treatment clinics and also training clinicians in USA, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand for 25 years. With Tom’s help, Guy stopped drinking and began his personal recovery.

As a result, Guy and Tom had a dream to provide a service for people like them. Guy had learnt from his own experience of multiple treatment failures that recovery wasn’t achieved through detox alone. To sustain ongoing abstinence, individuals need specialised ongoing support, the tools and the insight to navigate through the trials ahead.

Capri Hospital opened its five bed clinic in Mt Wellington on the Tamaki River in December 1999.

As a result of our success in January 2010 Capri Hospital was registered as a hospital for addiction and mental health treatment. Over the last 15 years Capri Hospital has grown from strength to strength as the demand for its services and intensive, unique approach has increased the need for extra beds.

Mission Statement

As a Charitable Trust Capri Hospital is passionate about reducing the devastating impact that unmanaged mental health, alcohol, drugs and gambling have on individuals, their families and the community. Our primary goal is to improve the quality of life for our clients and their families in a family-like environment by providing the best evidence-based treatment, which includes ongoing support after discharge in the main centres.

What We Treat

Capri Hospital treats the full spectrum of mental health and substance use disorders. As different disorders require corresponding therapies for effective outcomes, a comprehensive medical and psychosocial assessment is a critical part of the treatment process. This allows for an accurate diagnosis and treatment pathway. You will be strongly encouraged to follow your relapse prevention plan. This means that you’ll leave residential treatment with a comprehensive written plan to ensure the progress made during your time with us continues throughout the 12-month outpatient phase of treatment. Please note, our Outpatient phase runs only in the main centres of Auckland, Wellington and Chirstchurch. If you are outside these areas, we make every effort to refer you to public and / or private support where available.

Select any bullet point for more information on that treatment option

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Video Tour

Our Facilities

We are extremely fortunate to be located on the beautiful Tamaki River. The site straddles three stunning properties situated on the water’s edge. There is easy access to a lovely walking track around the Panmure Basin and along the Tamaki River itself. Client bedrooms have their own en suite, with the main auditorium centred around a large, heated fountain / spa pool. The site is rich in natural flora, fountains, statues and outside lounging areas. A swimming pool and relaxation areas are also accessible in the summer months.

Facility features

  • Auditorium
  • Bedrooms with en-suite
  • King single beds
  • Spa baths (some units only)
  • Lounges
  • Spa pools
  • Swimming pool
  • FAR Infrared Sauna
  • Fountains
  • Multiple outdoor gardens
  • Multiple relaxation areas
  • Gym
  • Table tennis
  • Basket ball
  • Sky television
  • Wharf for fishing
Click here to view more detailed information on our facilities.
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Video Tour

Capri Hospital Video Tour

Our video tour is your chance to visualise the initial steps of arriving at Capri Hospital, the initial assessment and a look at the type of treatment we provide. The tour features an actress and is also your opportunity to explore the look and feel of the facility. Apart from the actress featured, all the people in the virtual tour are Capri Hospital Staff or former clients who volunteered for the production.

  • Welcome to Capri Hospital
  • Orientation for admission
  • Medical assessment and specialist care
  • Client rooms and facilities
  • Individual treatment planning
  • Food and dietary needs
  • Peer support groups
  • Education sessions
  • Relaxation and reflection
  • Family programme
  • Library
  • 24 hour access to tea/coffee and snacks
  • Gym, walking tracks, table tennis, basketball
  • Yoga
  • Far sauna, spa pools, and main pool
  • Social activities
  • Someone to listen
  • The Hope Recovery System
  • Continuing Care Planning
  • Family discharge planning meeting
  • Graduation and recovery milestones through first 12 month of recovery
  • CEO’s message

Recovery Stories

This Month's Recovery Stories

Story from problem gambler

Lizzie's Story

"My name is Lizzie and I’m a recovering problem gambler. My recovery journey began at Capri Hospital in 2005. I’d known for years that I had a problem, but it wasn’t until the proverbial hit the fan that I reached out and admitted I needed help. As a child I had lots of choices on my list of “what I want to be when I grew up.” But Problem Gambler was not on that list!

Over the years - which have included 2 stints in rehab and lapses and relapses - I’ve come to gradually understand the reasons for my addictive behaviours. It has been a huge learning curve. I’ve learnt more about myself than I ever knew I would, or could. I’ve met and made wonderful new friends. I know that I will be ‘in recovery’ for the rest of my life. I’m not perfect, but I’m so much better than I used to be. The ongoing process of recovery has changed my life. But I have to work at it every day. Thanks Capri, for you part in this process."

Story from recovering alcoholic

Peter's Story

"Like many alcoholics I never thought that I had a problem with alcohol. I had been a regular drinker since the age of about 17. While I was a heavy drinker I also excelled at sport and obtained a university degree. I had been to councillors over the years and had suggestions to try and cut back but obviously nothing worked. Things got to the stage where I really had no interests outside of going away to rugby games…An appointment was made for me to see one particular councillor who was quite blunt that I needed residential treatment at Capri. I agreed to that, but at the back of my mind I thought that if I cut back for a week…I didn’t need to go. That night when I got home my wife had moved out…I got plastered. At 2am I rang my councillor to tell him that I needed to go now! My wife took me to Wellington airport. After she left…I convinced my friend that a last drink was necessary before I went to Capri… we got pissed. I left the next day. We were met at the airport by Guy and that was it. I was a resident at Capri! What a great place. What great staff…Capri, you changed my life. Thank you for that….You can still have fun when sober. "

Recovery stories

Online Assessments

To help you determine whether you, a family member or a friend are currently struggling with alcohol, drugs, gambling, anxiety or depression, Capri Hospital utilises a number of online assessment tools.

These tools are completely confidential and though they have been widely accepted and validated by research and the international treatment community, they should only be used as a guide and should not be considered a substitute for skilled clinical expertise.

Our five current online screening tools are:

  • Alcohol - Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT)
  • Drugs - Severity of Dependence Scale (SDS)
  • Gambling - South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS)
  • Anxiety - Generalised Anxiety, Disorder (GAD7)
  • Depression - Public Health Questioner (PHQ9)

Once you have completed one of these screening tools, you’ll receive an overall score and analysis from the information you have entered. At no stage up to and including this point are you required to enter any personal information. We never receive or collect any data unless you select the option to request we contact you. You also have the option to have the results from your online screening forwarded to the person who will make contact with you. If you have any concerns following the completion of your online screening, feel free to talk to one of our administrative staff who will be able to direct you to the appropriate support person.

Click here to take one of our online assessments

Downloadable handbook

Click on the icon below to automatically download a copy of our handbook. This will give you more information about our programme and the costs involved.

Capri Hospital handbook

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