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Youth Substance Use Treatment Program

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.
DocumentsAshnola at The Crossing is a Provincial Tier 4 program that supports youth and young adults ages 17-24, all genders, who are in need of residential programming for substance use concerns. The program is delivered by the Pacific Community Resources Society in partnership with BCMHSUS.  It is located in Keremeos at The Crossing, a facility provided rent-free by the Central City Foundation. The location is a healing environment for youth and young adults on their path to recovery. 

Ashnola at The Crossing is a client-centred program with an average length of stay from 3-6 months based on individualized client goals and treatment plans. The program is able to support youth and young adults with concurrent disorders.

Ashnola offers:

  • Assessment
  • Stabilization
  • Treatment
  • Education
  • Family programs
  • Indigenous programming support
  • Alternative Therapies, including land-based therapies

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    The Ashnola program offers a full continuum of residential treatment including educational supports. 

    The interdisciplinary team is comprised of physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, nurse practitioner, counsellors, social worker, recreation worker, Indigenous Elders, youth workers, teachers and family therapists.

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    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.

    What to expect from this substance addiction treatment program

    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.

    Is this youth addictions treatment program right for you?

    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.

    SOURCE: Youth Substance Use Treatment Program ( )
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