Find Meetings in BC

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Alcohol Treatment, cocaine addiction | 0 comments

One of our top types of calls in people looking for meetings. It appears that online searches for peer support groups is challenging for many of those in need, especially in BC. We hope to help ease future searches for meetings and peer support with this blog. Here is a link to all peer support groups in BC: There are a variety of different peer support groups on the webpage such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Cocaine Anonymous, secular support groups such as LifeRing and Smart Recovery, and family support groups like Al-Anon and Co-Dependents Anonymous. This is the contact information for AA meetings in all of BC: Alcoholics Anonymous (BC Yukon Area 79) PO Box 42114 Vancouver, BC V5S 4R5 Phone: (604) 435-2181 E-mail: Website: On the BC Yukon area 79 website, you can search for meetings nearby or all over BC, by clicking on different areas of the map. If you need assistance finding other recovery resources, contact us by emailor...

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BC Alcohol Law Blog

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Alcohol Treatment, Blog | 0 comments

An article published in early June reflected findings from a CARBC study that Canadians lowball the amount of alcohol they consume by up to 75%. According to CARBC Director, Tim Stockwell, accurate data on alcohol consumption is needed in order to accurately assess disease and injury cause by the substance. Clearly, then, correct statistics are necessary for effective public policy on societal alcohol use. How does this new knowledge impact our impressions on the new changes to BC liquor laws? The recommended changes to BC’s liquor policies will result in many changes such as alcohol primary vs. liquor primary establishments, special occasion liquor licensing (e.g. no more beer gardens), beer and wine sales in grocery stores, and spirit sales at sporting events. It may seem that these laxer liquor laws within a province of people that drinks more than they believe would be a risky combination. However, relaxed liquor regulations are believed to help reduce unhealthy patterns of alcohol consumption as these changes intend to encourage normative, moderate consumption behaviours. Increased exposure to alcohol will not result in more alcohol-related problems. Instead, it is expected to help encourage a social culture where having a drink or two is normative, not binge-drinking in an enclosed pen away from the main event or isolating liquor to an establishment barring anyone 19 years-old and under. It will no longer be this mysterious, taboo behaviour that has likely contributed to youth and young adults’ eagerness to engage in. Alcohol is one of the most widely abused substances in North America, including Canada. Many people across Canada struggle with alcohol dependency and addiction issues. These health issues are usually caused by other underlying factors such as an existing mental health condition (e.g. dual diagnosis), a history of child and/or sexual abuse, trauma, lack of meaning, and much more. These influences are minimally affected by reduce alcohol restrictions. If anything, problematic social drinking will gain more awareness as regulations debase a culture that influences either abstinence or intoxication and encourage one that sees moderate drinking as the societal norm. References 1. Canadians grossly underestimate their alcohol consumption: study 2. Liquor report out: removes beer garden, festival barriers 3. B.C. Liquor Policy Review Final...

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Detox and Treatment for Multiple Addictions

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Alcohol Treatment, Blog, cocaine addiction, Methamphetamine Addiction | 0 comments

Doug* is Rebecca’s stepfather. He has been apart of her life for over 15 years. Doug in his own words always treated Rebecca* like his own daughter. He always wanted to help her or be there for her. She has always been a drinker according to him. According to Doug, Rebecca has estranged herself from the family. She’s always kept herself a minimum of arms length if not more from the family. They often go years without speaking to one another. This last bout lasted about 8ish years. When Rebecca moved to Victoria, she drank heavily. She’s been in and out of bad relationships and Doug thinks her most recent relationship got her hooked on cocaine and, maybe, methamphetamines. She’s left Victoria and believed to floating around in Surrey. Doug and Rebecca’s mother live in Aldergrove. They know that a public treatment program is likely not going to meet Rebecca’s needs. Doug wants to be ready with resources if she contacts them, so he contacted us to get information for programs that will be able to help her deal with a strong dependence of alcohol and new addiction to substances. Here’s what we offered him: DETOX UNITS This is the closest medically serviced withdrawal unit to you. They will see Rebecca through her withdrawals should if she chooses a treatment program not including detox. Creekside Withdrawal Management Centre 13740 94 A Avenue, Surrey, BC V3V 1N1 Phone: (604) 587-3755 ext.1 (adults) Phone: (604) 587-3755 ext.2 (youth) A 30-bed detox unit located on the grounds of Surrey Memorial Hospital. Creekside has 24 adult and 6 youth beds. PRIVATE, REPUTABLE TREATMENT PROGRAMS NON 12 STEP PROGRAM Life Science Addiction Treatment Center 114 Rue Kimpton, Rigaud, QC J0P 1P0 Contact Person: Marjorie Clark (Clinical director) Phone: (450) 451-9995 Fax: (450) 451-9995 Website: E-Mail: This is a fee-for-service co-ed treatment program for adults 18+. There are 30, 60, 90 day primary treatment programs with a 10 day maintenance program. They charge $8,000 for 30 days (extensions up to 90 days can happen). They use evidence and best practices model. They want to work with the client and design a treatment program that works best for them. They will help with implementing proper coping strategies in regards to stress. Treatment takes place in a home like environment in a rural area of Quebec. It is an English speaking program. If necessary you will be seen by a psychiatrist for mental health assessment and treatment, as well as an addiction medicine doctor. This program is good for people who need significant and behavioural therapies. However, this program will require that Vanessa be sober prior to admission, as they do not have detox on site. TRADITIONAL 12 STEP PROGRAMS with a HOLISTIC MODEL Orchard Recovery Center 811 Grafton Road Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2 Contact Person: Joanna Journet Phone: (604) 947-0420 Toll-free: 1(866) 233-2299 Note: a private co-ed residential treatment center. Orchard charges $14,000+tax for their 28-day program. The director at this centre has been there for a long time which is a good indication that this program is going to offer you what is on the website. They are an established well respected treatment program. There is a supervised detox on site and they will see her though her withdrawals. They have programs that range up to 90 days. Leipzig Serenity Retreat Box 535, Wilkie, SK S0K 4W0 Contact: Ardyth or Jacqueline Phone: (306) 658-4767 E-Mail: Website: A private co-ed residential treatment facility based on the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. A no frills 12-step program with lots of counselling in...

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Alcohol Treatment near Vancouver, BC

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Alcohol Treatment, Blog | 0 comments

Mitch called us looking for private treatment programs that will help him give up alcohol completely. Here are some options we thought would work best for him: 12 STEP PROGRAMS with a HOLISTIC MODEL Orchard Recovery and Treatment Center Bowen Island, BC (off coast of Vancouver) $14,000+tax for 28-day program. An established, well-respected treatment program. Medical professionals on-site. Programs range up to 90 days. The receptionists are great to talk to and find out basic details. You can make contact by using either of the two telephone numbers below. Phone: (604) 947-0420 Toll-free: 1(866) 233-2299 NON 12 STEP Sunshine Coast Health Center $15,000 for 30 days. A private program for men. Program includes medically-supervised detoxification, masters-level therapists, on-site recreation (including indoor lap pool), psychiatric assessment, refresher courses (aftercare), online support (aftercare), family program, and couples program. Program lengths include 30, 42, 60, and 90 days. Returning alumni have more flexible lengths of stay. SCHC uses an evidence-based, meaning-centered approach. Contact Sara at the toll-free number below for more details. Sunshine Coast Health Center 2174 Fleury Road Powell River, BC V8A 0H8 Phone: (604) 487-9010 Toll-free: 1(866) 487-9010 E-Mail: HOME TREATMENT ALTERNATIVE RECOVER FOR GOOD Arnold offers mobile home detox and sober companionship. You would either offer him a room in your home (if available) or put him up somewhere. He will see you through your withdrawals, if any. He helps you set up a recovery community in your area and supports you through changing patterns like drinking in the evening everyday. You would be able to continue to go to appointments and live life as normal, except you would have Arnold to help you get through the day without drinking until new patterns have been established. You would not need to go to any programs and have them fit your needs, Arnold would give you 24/7 care in your home with complete one on one support. Arnold also operates Summit-Bridge, a fee-for-service withdrawal management service. They come to your chosen location and offer you 24/7 care and assistance through the initial withdrawal period. They use naturopathic and traditional western medicine doctors and other health care providers. They provide intervention services Canada-wide. CONTACT Arnold Mulessa or “Summit-Bridge Consulting Group
 Vancouver” by: BC
Phone: (604) 725-0121 Toll-free: 1.800.726.4075 Website: www.summit– Email:...

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