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Provincial Substance Use Treatment Program for Adults

We work with partners throughout British Columbia to offer 30 specialized addiction treatment beds to adults who need help with severe substance use. These beds are available only by referral from a health care professional.

BCMHSUS provides residential substance use treatment programs that provides structured, supportive residential treatment services for individuals. Clients are 19 years of age or older and have a primary concern of substance use and show patterns of substance use that have not been successfully addressed at the community level. The program is 90 days with 6-12 months of aftercare support. Services are contracted to Phoenix Society in Surrey and Cedars at Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island. Twenty of the beds are provided through the Phoenix Society. Cedars at Cobble Hill is providing the other 10 beds.   

Services offered include:

  • Assessment
  • Stabilization
  • Treatment
  • Education
  • Family programs
  • Alternative Therapies

  • Team

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    Treatment Beds for Adults

    Addictions treatment: What to expect

    You can expect structured, supportive treatment for severe substance use addiction, as well as broad support for any mental health challenges you have. The programs in both facilities are approximately three months long, and you will receive after-care support for up to a year following treatment.

    Available services at Cedars and the Phoenix Society include the following:

    • Assessment
    • Stabilization
    • Treatment
    • Education about mental illness and substance use, including harm reduction education
    • Family programs
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
    • Mindfulness skills
    • Life skills development
    • Medication therapy
    • 12-Step and Smart Recovery programs
    • Peer support

    The staff team includes counsellors, Indigenous Elders, therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians.

    Who can use these provincial substance use treatment program?

    If you are 19 or older and have a substance addiction, have experienced several relapses, and your treatment needs for substance use or addiction are more than what your local community health resources or health authority can offer, you can apply for treatment at Cedars or the Phoenix Society.

    While mental health support will be provided, the provincial beds at Cedars and the Phoenix Society are not designed for mental health diagnosis. Treatment is voluntary.

    To receive treatment at Cedars at Cobble Hill or the Phoenix Society, you need a referral from a health care professional.

    Program partners

    BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services provides leadership, expertise, and oversight to a number of specialized provincial programs that are delivered on a contract basis. We have partnered with Cedars at Cobble Hill and the Phoenix Society to make these specialized beds available. For more information, visit the Cedars at Cobble Hill or Phoenix Society websites.

    SOURCE: Provincial Substance Use Treatment Program for Adults ( )
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