Substance Use
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Interior Health provides a wide range of substance use services, from prevention to intensive treatment for all ages. The goal is to improve the health and well-being of people with substance use problems.  Services support people across the lifespan.

Prevention

Prevention programs are available to both adult and youth populations. Programs are community and school based, with an emphasis on encouraging children, youth and adults to learn to make healthy lifestyle choices.  

Outpatient

Outpatient services offer counselling, support and educational services for people wishing to reduce or quit their use of substances. In collaboration with their clients, the counsellors develop treatment plans, which may include referral to other services. 

Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT)

Opioid Agonist Treatment (OAT) is also known as Opioid Substitution Therapy or Medication Assisted Treatment. It involves the use of prescribed medications such as Suboxone® and methadone to treat opioid addiction by decreasing withdrawal and helping with cravings.

To find OAT services in Interior Health contact your local Mental Health and Substance Use Services office or check the list published by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC for a methadone clinic in your area. Your family physician may also be able to provide information on this service.

Withdrawal management

Withdrawal management programs include medical and non-medical support and supervision to help minimize the negative physical and psychological effects of withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs.  Withdrawal management can occur in the community and physician supported, in a residence with social supports or at a medical unit with medical supervision. A typical stay in a withdrawal management program is five days.

Day treatment

Day treatment programs are offered to individuals requiring intensive therapeutic services, where residential treatment may not be appropriate. These are day and/or evening programs offering a flexible schedule of group counselling over a period of several weeks.

Residential treatment

Residential treatment programs offer intensive short-term therapy designed for clients ready to make significant changes to their substance use patterns in a safe, alcohol and drug free living environment.  Treatment programs are usually accessed through referral from an outpatient service and typically last 28 days in length.  Follow-up is provided through your local outpatient counselling services. 

Supportive housing 

Supportive housing programs offer stable, safe living environments for people in various stages of the change process. Supportive housing offers the opportunity for residents to benefit from a stable living environment while receiving supports through outpatient services.  

Aboriginal 

Aboriginal services provide services to clients of aboriginal ancestry with substance use issues and are available through all local service outlets as well as through Interior Health contracts with some local friendship centres or with the assistance of Aboriginal Patient Navigators.  Contact your local friendship centre or MHSU service for more information.

Other related services

Additional related services that support substance use services including needle exchange, pregnancy outreach, Opioid Replacement Therapy, HIV education, community mental health as well as street based primary care and nursing services. 

For more information on local community services please contact your local Substance Use Services Office and visit our Substance Use Resource page.

We want to hear from you

If you are unhappy with the service you received, you are encouraged to speak with the person who provided the service, or to the manager of the area. All patients and clients are encouraged to try and resolve any issues at the time and place care is received.

If you still feel your concern has not been adequately addressed, you can contact the IH Patient Care Quality Office directly for further action.

 

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