From the beginning, St Mark's has developed a holistic based approach to the treatment of addiction. This approach is derived from the ideas based on the Te Whare Tapa Wha model, developed by Professor Mason Durie. These concepts are the four pillars of health i.e. Taha Hinengaro (Mental Health ), Taha Wairua (Spiritual health ), Taha Whanau ( Family Health ), Taha Tinana ( physical health).
The programme includes individual counselling, group therapy sessions, art therapy, life story, education sessions, relapse prevention, anger management and assertiveness, developing communication skills, self-esteem, life skills, recreation, waiata/tikanga and much more in a supportive, non-judgmental environment.
Residents complete a number of short and long term goals as part of their treatment. Attendance at Recovery Meetings i.e. Rational Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a requirement.
The aim of the programme is to develop open, honest and willing participation so clients can learn from their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the client's strengths, to make positive changes, to open the door to healthier life-styles through taking self-responsibility, restoring cultural & family/whanau relationships and be open to learning skills for training and/or employment. Developing a relationship with a trusted mentor/sponsor in recovery is encouraged.
Other therapies are available in the form of art, drama and musical activities. Recreation and exercise are important and includes workouts in the gymnasium, circuit training, walking, cycling, yoga, tai chi, exploring the nature in Marlborough as well as life skills i.e. gardening on the property & vineyard skills.