Overdoses are on the rise. There are services available in British Columbia aimed to provide support to people who want to stop using substances. If you need support to deal with substance use and/or you want to receive treatment, these are some of the services you can access.
What are the treatment options?
Treatment centres offer residential programs, there are out patient programs and harm reduction resources as well.
Opioid agonist therapy involves medication that can help with cravings and withdrawal. Medications such as Methadone and Suboxone will help to overcome opiate use.
Clinics and community organizations around BC can help you identify the best plan for your needs, whether it is a treatment centre, agonist therapy, or another option.
***Tip*** You may also qualify for an AYA while attending a rehabilitation program. Check out our AYA info page for more details.
How can I access treatment in BC?
Many health centres across BC are set up to help you access different treatment options for substance use.
Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service (ADIRS) provides free, confidential information and referral services to people in need of support with any kind of substance use issue (alcohol or other drugs). Referral to community substance use treatment services is available for all ages.
Need support? Call ADIRS toll-free at 1 800 663-1441, or in the lower mainland at 604 660-9382 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Lifeguard App – An app that aims to prevent overdoses, it allows you to set a timer and if you become unable to respond to the app after the allocated time, emergency responders will be dispatched to your location.
Bed-based services support youth to meet their substance use treatment goals and include withdrawal management (detox), supportive recovery, bed-based treatment and transitional beds. There is no cost to youth and families for the services.
Bed-based services might be a good fit for young people who require a higher intensity of services to address complex or acute mental health and/or substance use challenges. Bed-based services may also be the right choice for young people who are experience homelessness or unstable housing.
Click here for info on how to access bed based services.