BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services is committed to caring for youth and young adults who live with severe substance use challenges in the province.
We are aiming to begin phased client intake in the spring of 2023 in the newly established program for youth and young adults. This will be centrally located near two urban centres. To receive treatment, you need a referral from a health care professional.
Treatment includes the following:
- Group, individual and family therapy
- Therapeutic recreational activities such as hiking and archery
- Life-skills training
- High school completion options
- Support as you prepare to return to your home community
The care team includes counsellors, recreation workers, Indigenous Elders, youth workers, teachers and family therapists. Physicians and psychiatrists are available for consultation via telehealth.
The approach to treating substance use addiction is based on research evidence. Staff members will be sensitive to various backgrounds, including Indigenous cultures. All care is trauma-informed
, which means staff will keep in mind any trauma in your background and work to ensure you feel safe and supported.
The treatment program has several levels based on your goals. Most people will finish treatment within three to six months.
If you are accepted into the program, you will go through withdrawal management and detox before beginning your treatment. It’s important to understand that this program does not provide stabilization services. It is also not designed for people who need other kinds of medical treatment in a hospital setting.
This specialized substance addiction treatment program is for youth and young adults across the province. It’s meant for youth whose primary concern is substance addiction, who have experienced several relapses, and whose treatment needs for substance use or addiction are beyond what their local community health resources or health authority can offer. While mental health supports will be provided, the program is not designed for mental health diagnosis. Treatment is voluntary.
To receive treatment, you need a referral from a health care professional. Please note that referrals are on hold until this program reopens.