Directory of Alcohol and Drug Rehab Programs

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The following services provide referrals to various addiction programs in Vancouver:

Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Line
Phone: (604) 875-6381
Note: refers callers to treatment services, detox and outpatient counselling for youth and adults in their community/region.

Narcotics Anonymous
Phone: (604) 873-1018.
Note: has a help line for the entire Lower Mainland and has a referral service to NA meetings. Operators are individuals in recovery and not counsellors, therapists or medical professionals.

Health Contact Centre
1st Floor – Roosevelt Hotel
166 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 658-1224
Note: a referral service for addiction and other social services for residents of the Downtown Eastside. Open 12:30 pm to 5:30 am daily (closed 12:30 am to 1:30 am). Health Contract Centre is a community resource for Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.

I.B. Vancouver Referral Services for Mental Health

The following services provide referrals to various mental health programs in Vancouver:

BC Mental Health Information Line
Toll-free: 1(800) 661-2121
Note: A referral service for mental health programs throughout BC. Open 9:00 to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

Child and Youth Mental Health Referral Line
Phone: (604) 709-4111
Note: a central intake number for Vancouver-based mental health services for children and youth ages 5 to 18.

Older Adult Community Mental Health Referral Line
Phone: (604) 714-3765
Note: a single point of entry for specialized services for people over 65

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Due to its large population base, adult mental health and addiction services and youth addiction services in Vancouver and Richmond are administered on a geographic basis by seven Community Health Areas: City Centre, Mid-East, Northeast, Westside, Midtown, South Van, and Richmond


Downtown Community Health Centre
569 Powell St.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1G8
Phone: 1.604.255.3151
Fax: 1.604.255.0314
Website: Downtown CHC
Note: Provides counseling and medical services. Hours are 8:30 am to 8:30 pm daily. Services Downtown and Strathcona.

Evergreen Community Health Centre
3425 Crowley Drive
Vancouver, BC V5R 6G3
Phone: 1.604.872.2511
Website: Evergreen CHC
Note: Services Vancouver’s North East (section3) and is open Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre
2110 West 43rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6M 2E1
Phone: 1.604.261.6366
Fax: 1.604.261.7220
Website: Pacific Spirit CHC
Note: covers areas west of Oak St. excluding downtown and South Vancouver (see map).

Pender Community Health Centre
59 West Pender St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3
Phone: 1.604.669.9181
Fax: 1.604.688.9775
Website: Pender CHC
Note: Services Downtown Eastside, Gastown, and Stratchcona.

Raven Song Community Health Centre
2450 Ontario St.
Vancouver, BC V5T 4T7
Phone: 1.604.709.6400
Fax: 1.604.879.9173
Website: Raven Song CHC
Note: also includes the Bridge Clinic which provides services for immigrants.

Robert and Lily Lee Family Community Health Centre
1669 E. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5N 1V9
Phone: 1.604.675.3980
Website: Robert and Lily Lee FCHC
Note: Open Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

Sheway (Downtown East Side)
533 E. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1P9
Phone: 1.604.216.1699
Fax: 1.604.216.1698
Website: MSheway
Note: Sheway provides assistance and counseling to pregnant women in the Downtown Eastside. Support can continue up to 18 months after child birth. Drop-in hours are 11:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday to Friday.

South Community Health Centre
6405 Knight Street
Vancouver, BC V5P 2V9
Phone: 1.604.321.6151
Fax: 1.604.321.2947
Website: South CHC
Note: Services Vancouver’s south (section6).

Three Bridges Community Health Centre
1292 Hornby St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1W2
Phone: 1.604.736.9844
Fax: 1.604.844.2223
Website: Three Bridges CHC
Note: Services Vancouver’s city centre (section1).

The following programs are provided by agencies contracted by the provincial government, non-profits, or charities.

Adult Outpatient – Vancouver

For adults with addiction issues who have experienced early childhood trauma contactBountyfull Counselling Society located at 530 Heatley Avenue, phone (604) 255-6626. Individuals can self-refer for a 2.5-hour individual counselling session. Program is not a concurrent mental health/addiction program per se. Hours are 9 to 4 pm Monday to Friday. Clients appointments are set 9:30 to noon. Sliding fee scale.

For adult women with addiction issues living on the Downtown East Side contact Drug and Alcohol Meeting Support for Women (DAMS) located at 412 East Cordova Street (Lifeskills Building), phone (604) 687-5454 (office) or (604) 729-8267 or (778) 319-3267 (for outreach). Hours are flexible. Please call to set an appointment or, alternatively, to meet off-site. Please note that staff who work at DAMS are volunteers and are not trained clinicians.

For adults 55 years or older with alcohol or prescription drug issues contact Senior Well Aware Program (SWAP) located at 212-309 West Cordova Street, phone (604) 662-7927. Self-referrals are accepted. Office hours are 8:30 to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

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Youth Outpatient – Vancouver

For youth with addiction issues contact Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC) located at 691 East Broadway, phone (604) 709-5723.

For youth with addiction issues contact Covenant House located at 575 Drake Street, phone (604) 685-7474 or toll-free 1(877) 685-7474. Covenant House has a program called Community Support Service which provides outpatient services including counseling to runaway, homeless, and street-involved youth.

For homeless or at-risk youth ages 24 and under who are pre- or post-detox contact Directions Youth Services Centre located at 1134 Burrard Street, phone (604) 633-1472 or toll-free 1(866) 249-6884. Open Tuesday to Saturday.

For street-involved youth or foster kids with addiction issues contact Nexus Substance Misuse Outreach Program located at 550 Cambie Street, phone (604) 660-5216. Provides assessment, counseling, and referral.

For youth 16 to 19 with addiction issues who are street youth or with foster families contact Vancouver Youth Services – Intake located at 550 Cambie Street, phone (604) 660-9376 or (604) 660-4927 (after hours). For street youth the minimum age is 12 years of age. A referral service to other programs is also provided. Hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

For youth 12 to 24 with addiction issues contact Odyssey II located at 2875 Saint George Street, phone (604) 879-8853. Hours are 10:30 to 7:00 pm Monday to Friday.

For youth (16 and older) and street youth (12 and older) with addiction issues contact Vancouver Youth Services – Intake located at 550 Cambie Street, phone (604) 660-9376 or 660-4927 (after hours). A referral service to other programs is also provided. Hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

For youth with addiction issues living in the Vancouver Downtown East Side/Strathcona are contact Watari Youth and Family Alcohol and Drug Counselling Service located at 301-877 East Hastings Street, phone (604) 254-6995.

Concurrent Mental Health/Addiction Services – Vancouver

Adult Concurrent Mental Health Addiction Services – Vancouver

For adults with mental health or concurrent mental health/addiction issues contact the Center for Concurrent Disorders – Vancouver Community Mental Health Services located at 255 East 12th Avenue, phone (604) 255-9843 or (604) 687-7927 (for seniors). This program is outpatient programming for individuals who present with both a chemical dependency disorder and serious psychiatric illness. New clients are asked to call and attend the Wednesday 3 pm info session. Serves Vancouver and Richmond residents. A referral is required. Hours are 8:15 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

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Youth Concurrent Mental Health/Addiction Services – Vancouver

For youth with mental health or concurrent mental health/addiction issues CYMH now has the Central Intake Referral Line located at 302-2425 Quebec Street, phone (604) 709-4111. This service will direct callers to the closest CYMH office. Central Intake may also direct callers to specialized services such as the Concurrent Disorders Program or the Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) program (see below).

CYMH offices are located as follows:

.  Northeast – 2610 Victoria Drive
.  Kitsilano – 400 – 1212 W. Broadway
.  Midtown – 3rd Floor – 2450 Ontario St.
.  South – 220-1200 W. 73rd. Avenue
.  Strathcona – 3455 Kaslo Street
.  West End – 1555 Robson St.
.  West Side – see Kitsilano

For youth with concurrent mental health/addiction issues contact Centre for Concurrent Disorders (see above for contact information). The Youth Program is for youth 12-24 and provides both assessment and treatment. Individual, group, and family counselling is provided based on client needs. Groups include parenting, self esteem, and art therapy. There is also an addiction medicine specialist and psychiatrist on staff.

For youth 12 to 24 with concurrent mental health/addiction issues contact the BC Children’s Hospital – Provincial Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Program located at C4-4480 Oak Street, phone (604) 875-2010. This program provides outpatient psychiatric consultations and assessments. A referral from a physician is required.

For individuals between the ages of 13 and 30 in the early stages of psychosis that may be caused by addiction, mental health or concurrent mental health/addiction issues contact the Richmond/Vancouver Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program located at 2750 East Hastings St., 3rd Floor in Vancouver, phone (604) 675-3875. After receiving a call, EPI sends a clinician to the home of the person with possible psychosis, usually within a few days. After an initial visit, a referral is made to another service if it is not psychosis or, if there is a diagnosis of psychosis, to schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist. Please note this service is NOT for strictly drug-induced psychosis, nor is it an emergency service. Emergencies should call Richmond/Vancouver Emergency Services at (604) 874-7307, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

CYMH also has additional specialized services for youth with mental issues such as parenting groups for substance-affected family members, adolescent outreach, vocational services, well being, etc. For more information call the Central Intake Referral Line, phone (604) 709-4111.

Day Treatment for Addiction or Concurrent Mental Health/Addiction Issues – Vancouver

Day treatment is an alternative to residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation since participants can attend while still living at home. It is also an alternative to regular outpatient treatment since treatment has a shorter duration but is more intensive (typically 4 to 8 hours per session).

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Adult Day Treatment – Vancouver

For adults with addiction issues contact the Day Treatment Program  which is co-ed group therapy offered by Family Services of Greater Vancouver and located at 200-1638 East Broadway, phone (604) 638-3390.

For adult women with addiction issues contact the Women’s DEW Program at the same location and runs daily for three to five weeks during the day. Clients can be on a methadone maintenance therapy program. Child care funding is provided. No fee for service.

For adults with addiction issues contact Vancouver Daytox located at 377 East 2nd Avenue, toll-free 1(866) 658-1221 (Access Central). Daytox is a 6-week day treatment program for adults living in Vancouver. Clients work out their individualized program in consultation with staff. New clients need to call to book an appointment for an orientation. Located in the same building as Vancouver Detox. Also has a program for people whose only addiction is nicotine.

Youth Day Treatment – Vancouver
For youth 13 to 24 with addiction issues contact Watari Youth Day Treatment Program located at 251A East 11th Avenue, phone (604) 438-3755. This program is 6 weeks in duration and is available to residents of Richmond and Vancouver.

Native Outpatient Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation Services – Vancouver

Native Adult – Vancouver

For Native adults with addiction issues contact Aboriginal Wellness Program located at 255 East 12th Avenue, phone (604) 875-6601. Office hours are 8:30 to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

For Native adults with addictions contact Hey-Way’-Noqu’ Healing Circle for Addictions Society located at 401-1638 East Broadway, phone (604) 874-1831. This program provides individual and group addiction and mental health counseling for Metis and First Nations.

For Native adults 18 and older with addiction issues contact Vancouver Native Health Society (VNHS) which has the Positive Outlook Program located at 449 East Hastings Street, phone (604) 254-9060. This program is offered in group modules for 8 to 10 participants over a four week span up to six months. Open to Native and non-Native residents of communities throughout the lower mainland.

For Native adults with addiction issues contact Musqueam Outpatient Treatment located at 6735 Salish Drive, phone (604) 263-3261. This program provides assessment, referral, and outpatient counselling for Musqueam band members.

For Native adults with addiction issues who are also involved in the criminal justice system contact the Native Courtworker and Counselling Assn. of BC located at 50 Powell Street, phone (604) 687-0281 or toll-free 1(877) 771-9444. This program provides counseling to Aboriginal people who are involved in the criminal justice system and have an addiction. The Alcohol and Drug Program offers counseling and referral to referred clients while the Aboriginal Detox Follow-Up helps clients to plan for additional treatment or community reintegration following discharge from detox.

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Native Youth – Vancouver
For Native youth 13 to 21 with addiction issues contact Urban Native Youth Association located at 1640 East Hastings Street, phone (604) 254-7732. Also has a day program called Aries Project located at 1607 East Hastings, phone (604) 255-1326.

For Native youth with addiction issues contact Musqueam Outpatient Treatment (see Native adult section above for contact information).

For Native youth with addiction issues contact Hey-Way’-Noqu’ Healing Circle (see Native adult section above for contact information).

Vocational Services for Individuals with Addiction or Mental Health Issues – Vancouver

For adults with addiction issues contact Gastown Vocational Services located at
Suite #405 – 375 Water Street, phone (604) 683-6047. This program provides vocational and career planning services, assessment, work readiness skill training programs, work experience placements, and supportive employment services to individuals with mental health disabilities. Clients with addictions must be stabilized (in recovery).

For adults with addiction issues that are seeking employment contactHope Bridge Services phone (604) 879-9770. Participants of this program should be stabilized (in recovery) and offers both group and individual counseling. Accepts self-referrals from anyone living in the Lower Mainland. Clients must be currently unemployed or under-employed (working 19 hours a week or less) to qualify. Office hours are 8 to 5 pm Monday to Friday. Please call for the address.

Correctional Services for Individuals with Addiction or Concurrent Mental Health/Addiction Issues – Vancouver

For adult offenders with addiction issues contact Drug Treatment Court Vancouver located at 209B-1200 West Pender (court) or 1141 Melville (office), phone (604) 775-0144. Drug Treatment Court is a special court within the legal system that emphasizes treating rather than incarcerating non-violent offenders with addictions to cocaine, heroin, or other opiates. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

For Native adults with addiction issues who are also involved in the criminal justice system contact the Native Courtworker and Counselling Assn. of BC(see Vancouver Native Outpatient Programs above for contact information).

General Counselling Services – Vancouver

The following services are not addiction- or mental health-specific but are offered as low cost or on a sliding scale for those requiring general counselling services.

Erickson Life Development Centre
2021 Columbia Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 879-5600 local 22
Note: offers solution-focused coaching and neurolinguistic programming. Coaching is provided by interns at Erickson College. No cost. Coaching is not addiction-specific.

Speakeasy Peer Counselling
University of British Columbia
Main Concourse (North Side) – Student Union Building
6138 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 822-3777
Note: outpatient peer-led (non-professional) counseling for substance abuse and other issues (not addiction-focused). Open to students, staff, and local residents. Also has a phone counseling service (604) 822-3700. Open September to April.

UBC Psychology Clinic
UBC Community Services
2136 West Mall, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 822-3005
Note: offers outpatient counseling services for mental illness and addiction. Not addiction-specific but fees are based on a sliding scale.

Vancouver Drop-In Centres

Drop-in centres are available for adults and youth and provide counselling, hot meals, clothing and referrals to other programs. Please note that counselling may not be addiction- or mental health-specific and staff may or may be volunteers as opposed to trained clinicians.

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Adult Drop-In Centres – Vancouver

Vancouver Drop-In Centre
607 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 255-7199
Note: is open to men and women, Bible studies, referrals to shelters, and one-on-one counseling. Open Monday to Friday 6:30 AM to 9 AM.

Women’s Drop-In Centre
601 East Hastings, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 253-3735
Note: for women and provides counseling as well as referrals, hot meals, and clothing. Hours are Monday to Friday 3 PM to 6:30 PM.

Youth Drop-In Centres – Vancouver

Youth Drop-In Centre
1075 Seymour St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 688-7587
Note: Is a youth drop-in centre for ages 13 to 25. Includes daily meals, free clothing, counseling, etc. Hours of operation are Monday & Friday 1:30 to 7 PM, Wednesday 3 PM to 7 PM, Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 AM to 3 PM.

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Fee-for-service practitioners included in this listing have indicated, through their listings on various professional certification websites, that their practice accepts individuals with alcohol and drug issues. Other criteria such as amount of direct addiction treatment experience, level of formal chemical dependency training, or the effectiveness of their preferred clinical approaches and techniques has not been considered. Therapists listed in this section charge a fee for service and are listed alphabetically. Readers are recommended to contact practitioners directly for further information. For a glossary of acronyms representing degrees, certifications, agencies, and disorders please refer to the glossary at end of this section.

Additional listings of private practice therapists for municalities outside of Vancouver (i.e. North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, etc.) can be found at the BC Private Practice Therapist section of .

Adams, Randy – MA, RCC
Randy Adams Counselling and Consulting Services
Phone: (604) 803-7644
Note: Randy is a parenting specialist serving: Greater Vancouver, Surrey, South Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Cloverdale, and the Fraser Valley. Randy has worked as a contract counsellor (primarily with adult individuals and couples) and as an addictions counsellor with youth, parents, young adults and families.

Adler, Jean – Ph.D.
Phone: (604) 228-8751
Note: Jean has been providing psychotherapy for more than 20 years and uses CBT and experiential techniques to treat anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, and addictions. Jean works with both individuals and couples.

Auld, Diane – RPC, MPCP, HT
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 218-9341
Note: Diane provides counselling and hypnotherapy. Her office is a 5 minute walk from the Joyce Skytrain station.

Ball, Janel – MA, RCC
Healing Solutions

1728 – 808 Nelson Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 809-0351
Note: Janel specializes in working with adult men and has an extensive amount of experience and first-hand knowledge about the issues men face. Janel has worked with clients struggling with addictions, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety problems, anger, sexuaI health and identity, relationship problems and childhood abuse experiences.

Bitten, Chris – RCC
223-1628 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 687-8513
Note: Chris Bitten is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds additional certification in addictions, workplace-based counselling, and family therapy. Chris is a big believer in community support and support groups. Chris also works with family-of-origin issues with clients. Chris has been in the field for nearly 30 years and also does couples counseling.

Black, Dixie S. – MA, RCC
Spiritual Sobriety

126 – 119 Pender Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 605-0833
Note: Dixie’s expertise includes stress management, performance enhancement, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation, relationship issues, and sexual abuse recovery with a concentration in substance abuse issues and compulsive behaviours. Dixie also works with those looking for spiritual direction. Her practice includes work with individuals, couples, families and groups

Blair, Jill – MA, RCC
New Life Path

3018 Columbia St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 671-4077
Note: Jill specializes in trauma and abuse, family conflicts, relationship issues, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, addiction, parenting, assertiveness and self-esteem. Jill’s experience is broad and diverse; she has spent many years in private practice and has been employed at various treatment facilities. Jill works with individuals, couples, and families.

Blancato, Marcelle – RCC MSW RSW
Vision Quest Counselling & Consulting

103 – 1037 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 730-1907
Note: Marcelle’s work experience includes Cameray Children’s Center, alcohol & drug programs, and on-call supervisor for a youth crisis response program. Marcelle works with the Vancouver School Board and Vancouver Police in treating traumatized children. Marcelle utilizes CBT and relapse prevention in her work with addictions and works with adults, children, and families.

Bond, Ian – MA, RCC
2628 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 809-1018
Note: Ian works with all types of abuse, addictions, anger management, panic, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, phobias, trauma, and stress.

Brayshaw, Christine – RPC, CACII
Tranquil Waters Addiction Treatment Services
#209- 2678 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6K 2G3
Phone: (604) 568-0636
Note: offers individualized treatment options to fit your needs and your families needs. We also offer counselling to family members and loved ones affected by someone else’s addiction.

Brown, Siri – M.A, CCC
Phone: (604) 614-7605
Note: Mind/body psychotherapist in private practice provides individual counselling for men and women.

Carr, Geoffrey – Ph.D., R.Psych., RPT-S
#206 – 4545 West 10th Ave.
Phone: (604) 518-1416
Note: Geoffrey treats depression, anxiety, phobias, stress, grief, addictive behaviour, trauma, anger, low self-esteem, and spiritual growth. Geoffrey works with individuals (adults, youth, children), couples and families. Geoffrey has been trained in a variety of approaches and techniques including person-centered, psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioural, emotionally-focused, gestalt, family systems therapy and has completed Level 2 training in EMDR.

Charalambidis, Stella – MA, RCC, RPT
Vision Quest Counselling & Consulting

103 – 1037 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 730-1907
Note: Stella’s work experience includes, Burnaby Mental Health, Children’s Team, and Maples Adolescent Treatment Center. Stella works with adults, families and children.

Collyer, Erica – BA, MEd, RCC
Counsel Me Vancouver
970 Burrard St.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R4
Phone: (604) 218-1393
Note: Counsel Me Vancouver provides counselling services to anyone dealing with Substance Abuse, Relationship, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Trauma, Grief, and other personal concerns.

Coyle, Cynthia – M.Ed., RCC
Fraser House Society
33063 Fourth Ave.
Mission BC
V2V 1S6
Note: Cynthia has been in private practice for 15 years and counselling for 25 years. Cynthia’s work started in addictions on PEI from 1984 to 1987. Since then, Cynthia has worked at Fraser House in Mission, and West Coast Alternatives in North Vancouver. Cynthia has also worked in a broader range of areas including trauma, relationships, grief and more. For the past decade, Cynthia has been training in Self-Relations Psychotherapy developed by Stephen Gilligan Ph.D.

Crabtree, Carol – MSW, RSW
Stewart and Associates Counselling and Consulting Services Inc.

Suite 227 – 1118 Homer St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 687-7171
Note: Carol has expertise with the following challenges: depression; anxiety, grief, anger, trauma, relationship issues, issues of vocation and occupation, and addiction issues as well as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Carol’s practice is informed and influenced by concepts from various theoretical approaches including client-centered, CBT, narrative, mindfulness, feminist, family systems, and existentialist. Carol has worked in mental health and addictions since 1992.

Crowe, Patricia – MA, RCC
306 – 1687 West Broadway (at Pine), Vancouver
Phone: (604) 312-3043
Note: Patricia has expertise in depression, anxiety, family-of-origin issues, addictive behaviours, and more. In her own words: “My creative use of clinical skills holistically integrates emotions, thoughts, behaviours, and spiritual concerns in the context of relationships and experiences.” Patricia’s clinical background includes training in SFBT, narrative therapy, existential therapy, emotionally focused couples therapy, and EMDR levels I and II.

Dale, Judith – MA, RCC
West Vancouver
Note: Judith will resume her private practice January, 2009.

Danyluk, Michael – B.A., B.S.W., M.Ed.
Michael Danyluk & Associates

Suite 303 1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 879-1944
Note: Michael has provided counselling and therapy for 20 years with clients from diverse occupational, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Michael’s primary area of expertise is in relationship counselling with other areas of specialization that include anger management, trauma and abuse, bereavement, substance abuse, depression, and employee assistance. Michael works with individuals, couples, and groups.

Davies, Jeannine – Ph.D.(c), RCC
Taste of Freedom

Suite 212-1628 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 683-7937
Note: Jeannine treats individuals, groups, adults and youth for disordered eating, self-acceptance, grief, loss, depression, addictions, and anxiety. Jeannine’s psychological and theoretical framework combines existential-humanistic; relational and depth psychology; as well as mindfulness and insight approaches. Jeannine brings over ten years experience as a scholar, therapist and teacher in mindfulness and Buddhist-based approaches.

Joseph, Sylvain – RCH, CCht
Fresh Start Hypnotherapy
510 West Hastings, Suite 1229
Vancouver, BC V6B 1L8
Phone: (604) 800-2728

DeVita, Elsie – Ph.D., R.Psych.
Location 1: Suite 509 – 402 West Pender St.
Location 2: 223-1628 West 1st Ave.
Phone: (604) 874-8528
Note: Elsie provides psychological services to individuals, couples and families for a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationships, stress, anger management, trauma, family of origin issues, self-injury, and substance misuse.

Diamond-Potts, Sue – MA, RCC
635-470 Granville St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 682-1484
Note: Sue has been counselling in the areas of trauma and addiction for over 25 years. She works with both individuals and couples and is passionate about helping people affected by addiction overcome their distress and go on to attain emotional sobriety. Sue uses both a developmental and a psychobiological approach in helping people discover a sense of purpose and joy in life. She is trained in Self-Regulation Therapy and has done advanced training with the Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA.

Dietrich, Anne – Ph.D., R.Psych.
Mainland Medical Clinic
1061 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 889-3787
Note: Anne specializes in trauma but also treats anxiety, depression, dissociation, eating disorders, substance abuse and personality disorders. Dr. Dietrich has worked at the Quest Program at St. Paul Hospital’s Eating Disorders Clinic. Dr. Dietrich’s treatment approaches include CBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, EMDR, Client-Centered, DBT, and Supportive Therapy. Anne works with individuals (teens & adults), couples, and groups (trauma & depression).

Driol, Myrna – MA, R. Psych.
622 East 11th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 873-2839
Note: The approaches used by Myrna include Adlerian therapy, CBT, EMDR, couples and family therapy, humanistic therapy, and relaxation therapy. Myrna has over 25 years of counseling experience working with individuals 17 and older, couples, and families struggling with addictions, depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, and stress.

Duma, Joanne – Ph.D., R.Psych.
Suite 618 – 736 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 689-2456
Note: Joanne has experience in diagnosing and treating depression, anxiety, relationship/interpersonal issues, grief/bereavement, abuse, phobias, PTSD, and addictions. Joanne’s theoretical orientation is primarily psychodynamic, though she draws on psychoanalytic and attachment theory, as well as family systems. Joanne’s approaches include CBT and EFT, depending on the client’s needs. Joanne was previously an addiction counsellor at ARF (now CAMH) in Toronto.

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Dunne, Deborah – RCC
209 – 1089 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 222-1544

Dyer, Cathleen – M.Ed., CCC
Phone: (778) 737-3800
Note: Cathleen accepts adult clients in private practice for addictions, depression, and anxiety. Please note that only Saturday appointments are available. Please call Cathleen for her address.

Elgie, Damon – Ph.D., R.Psych.
Dunbar Psychology

216 – 3540 West 41st. Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 264-1777
Note: Damon has expertise in the treatment and knowledge of men’s issues. Dr. Elgie is also skilled in acute and complex mental health concerns of adolescents (inclusive of psychosis intervention). Damon sees adolescents and adults in this practice. Besides his private practice, Dr. Elgie is employed as a Clinical Team Leader for the MCFD and oversees staff and administration of the Community Mental Health teams in Delta, BC.

Eliezer, Joseph – MTC, RPC, MPCP
Psychotherapy Services
#28 – 1089 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H 1E5
Phone: (604) 739-3010
Note: Joseph uses depth psychology to help people overcome addiction, anxiety, chronic confusion, depression, family, relationship, and self-esteem issues. His extensive training in psychodynamic/analytic theory and practice is suitable for adult individuals looking to become stronger, healthier and more authentic.

Elliott, Doug – RCC
Rethink Counselling Services

204-1810 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 803-2600
Note: Doug works in the field of addiction and recovery, helping clients through his private practice and also working with people in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. Doug works with individuals and couples who struggle with substance abuse using a variety of methods and training. Currently he is studying Existential Analysis and the ways in which people learn to create meaning in their lives. He also does a lot of work in the area of Anger Mgmt. and has a strong focus in the area of human sexuality.

Ellis, Jackie – MA, CCC, RCC
Axis Professional Counselling
2628 Granville St., Suite 205
Vancouver, BC V6H 4B4
Phone: (604) 568-4220
Note: Jackie’s areas of expertise include stress, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and boundary issues, communication and assertiveness skills, relationship concerns, sexual issues, trauma, addictions, and anger management. Jackie works with adolescents, adults, and couples.

Estrin, Terry – Ph.D., R.Psych.
400 – 601 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 274-7267
Cell: (604) 716-8854
Note: Terry has 15 years of training & experience in relationship, depression, anxiety, grief, loss, stress, trauma, and substance abuse working with individuals (adults, youth), couples and groups. Terry offers interpersonal group therapy for adults 19 to 40 that are experiencing life-defining challenges including: finding a life partner, establishing an identity, managing emotions, and finding meaning and enjoyment in life and work. Approaches include EMDR, CBT, & SFBT.

Ferrada, Natacha – Ph.D.
400 – 601 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 537-5626

Forest, Susan – MA, RCC
704 – 1416 Harwood St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 633-3959
Note: Susan works with a client-centered approach and whatever works for the client including CBT and SFBT. With this in mind, Susan helps clients with their needs whether working with abstinence as a goal or harm reduction in terms of addictions. Susan works with both men and women with a variety of concerns. Besides her private practice, Susan is the Program Coordinator at the Justice Institute of BC and coordinates the Substance Use Certificate program.

Gilbert, Joanne -MA, RCC
4831 Sophia St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 264-7205
Note: Joanne is the Senior Therapist at the Richmond Out-Patient Addictions Clinic (22 years). She knows recovery personally. She works with substance affected individuals & people with all types of addiction. She specializes in family of origin issues; abuse; trauma, depression & anxiety. Her approach is client centered but, if the client wants to explore early, deep, childhood concerns she is an expert in cathartic (primal) therapy in which the client is in complete control and there are no hypnotic techniques as in EMDR.

Goodfellow, Carly – MA, UKCP
Carly Goodfellow Counselling
1788 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Y1
Phone: (604) 307-1068
Note: Alongside psychotherapeutic techniques and treatment practices, Carly is also a Creativity and Voicework Practitioner.

Gregson, David
The Middle Path

Phone: (604) 224-6404
Note: David is an author with 30 years experience working for the benefit of families and children. For the past 15 years, David has specialized in addiction and the underlying cause – childhood trauma. David works with both adolescents and adults. David has written a book called the Tao of Sobriety and has been clean for 25 years. David is familiar with the 12 Steps of AA.

Hadley, Rob – CHT
Vancouver Addiction Centre

Suite 720, 999 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K5
Phone: (604) 484-0346
Note: Rob is a certified hynotherapist that specializes in addictions of all kinds.

Hall, Denise E. – MA, CCC, RRP
Dragonfly Counselling

Phone: (604) 562-9130
Note: Denise developed and facilitated a substance abuse training program for the Phoenix Alcohol and Drug Education program and has 6 years as a Family Therapist for Pacific Youth and Family Society, a residential substance abuse treatment centre for youth and their families. Denise is also a Certified Reiki Master.

Hanna, Marga – RCC
101-1193 Kingsway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 921-9580 or (604) 874-2938

Harabalja, Devon – MA, RCC
Family Hope Clinic
5-4141 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 2N1
Phone: (604) 916-8997
Note: provides counselling to both youth & adults addressing issues of addictions & concurrent disorders (addiction + mental health concerns), trauma, anxiety, depression, personality, mood & psychotic disorders, forensic psychiatry, probation orders & mindfulness training.  Devon follows a client-centered model, and blends mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing into her work with clients.

Hewlett, Lieneke – RPC, BA Psych.
Inspire Counselling Services
Suite 708 – 1155 West Pender St.
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (778) 837-6391

Hiland, Trisha – MA, R.Psych.
#201 – 1826 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 736-9656
Note: Trisha has expertise in relationships, chemical dependency, stress and burnout, lifestyle issues, depression, elder care support, grief and loss, relapse prevention, co-dependency, and ACOA. Trisha is certified EMDR Level 2, a certified Imago Relationship Therapist, trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples, trained in Gestalt, and has advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis. Trisha provides counselling for individuals, couples, families.

Hille, Lucas – CCC, MA
3105 West 14th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6K 2V3
Phone: 778-688-4464  
Note: Treats  Addictions, sexual abuse, life transitions, spiritual issues

Hilton, Jaminie – RCC
Suite 903 – 1788 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 802-4126
Note: Jaminie has worked in a variety of treatment settings including family services and working with survivors of sexual abuse, and residential programs for recovering addicts. For the past 20 years, Jaminie has facilitated thousands of groups. In private practice for 6 years, Jaminie has worked with parenting after separation issues, parent-child issues, and also has expertise in deep relaxation-visualization as well as EMDR trauma technique.

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Hugill, Tannis – MA, RCC, RDT, ADTR
Awakening Body Wisdom

102 – 1617 Grant St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 267-9951
Note: Tannis brings over 20 years’ experience of healing through the arts to her work with adolescents and adults, especially those with addictions, trauma, eating and body image problems. Tannis has coordinated a hospital eating disorders program, led substance abuse groups, and worked with dual diagnosis clients. Currently, Tannis is clinical supervisor at Pacifica in Vancouver. Tannis has a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology and is a Dance & Drama therapist.

Jackson, Barbara – MA, RCC
Phone: (778) 322-0355
Note: Barbara uses a client-centered approach which focuses on holistic and mind-body healing. Barbara has been in private practice since 2006. Barbara works with individuals (adults only) and couples. Barbara is certified Level I with the Sensory Motor Psychotherapy Institute. Barbara completed her master’s practicum in addiction and her work with people in supported housing includes working with people that have addictions. Please call Barbara for her address.

James, Paul – Ed.D., R.Psych.
King Edward & Oak St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 873-0222
Note: Some of the services Paul provides to adults are: individual counselling for anxiety, depression, guilt, rage, sexual problems, and a wide range of disabling fears – couples counselling to resolve relational conflict, sexual issues, and problems of emotional distance – treatment of addictions – such as alcohol, other drugs (including medications), gambling, food, and sex. Paul’s primary approach is depth-cognitive-affective-behavioral therapy developed by R. Firestone.

Jones, Kima – MBA (in educational management)
Know How Education

Phone: (604) 818-5669
Note: Kima has been working with children with specific needs for over 20 years & has experience with a wide range of behavioural issues including substance misuse. In her own words: “My expertise is in helping parents find private programs which take a holistic approach to treatment, health, and education. I can provide interventional opportunities unavailable through our public system and unknown to many professionals.” Please Kima call for her address.

Kammerzell, Sara – M.Ed., CCC, RCC
Resolution Counselling
Address 1: 307 – 402 West Pender Street
Address 2: 1738 East 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6B 1T6
Phone: (604)992-9954
Note: Sara has expertise in both process addictions (internet, overwork, gambling) and substances. She understands addictions as a desperate and compulsive strategy to fill a hole or emptiness that is unbearable. Sara guides an exploration of family of origin dynamics to promote understanding and compassion for the challenges of childhood. Sara directed recovery programs for years before she moved into private practise. She recognizes the relationship between unresolved trauma and addictions and employs Somatic Experiencing, EFT and EMDR levels I and II.

Kavanagh, Earon – Ph.D.
Talking Wisdom
Unit B5 – 238 East 10th. Ave.
Vancouver, BC V5T 1Z5
Phone: (604) 779-5127
Note: Earon is a specialist for men and their families.

King, Brenna – MA, RCC
West Broadway (and Cypress), Vancouver
Phone: (604) 982-0938
Note: Brenna has worked 19 years in addictions and trauma recovery. In addition, Brenna has assisted clients with life transitions, eating disorders, body image as well as grief and loss issues. Brenna works primarily with adults. In her own words: “My approach is holistic and client centered. I have a good working knowledge of the varying approaches in the addictions field as well as of the different resources and supports in the community.”

Kollar, Diana – MA, RCC
201 – 1826 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 790-1116
Note: Diana works with individuals and couples dealing with relationship problems, infidelity, substance abuse, anxiety and depression. Diana has worked in both residential addiction treatment and support recovery homes. Diana incorporates several approaches to counselling to suit the needs of her clients including Imago Relationship (for couples), narrative therapy, CBT and SFBT.

Kotsalis-Thulin, Lee – MA, RCC
LKT Counselling
#509 – 402 West Pender St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1T6
Phone: (604) 315-8118
Note: Lee has been practicing for nearly 20 years helping people who struggle with addictive attachments, disordered eating, anxiety, mood disorders, and relationship disconnect move towards health and healing in their lives. Lee uses both cognitive and emotionally-based therapeutic approaches. Lee works with individuals, couples, and families.

Kuna, Kathy – MA, RCC
206 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 725-4646
Note: Kathy has been in private practice since 2000 and, prior to that, has worked in both treatment and support recovery. Kathy works with individuals (adolescents and adults), couples and families. Kathy utilizes both 12-step and harm reduction models and incorporates motivational interviewing in her practice. Kathy also works with individuals struggling with “process” addictions. Please contact Kathy for her address.

Landry, Kathleen – MCS RCC
Kathleen Landry and Associates
977 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 669-7964
Note: Kathleen has over 25 years experience working with individuals, couples and groups and specializes in addiction recovery for individuals and their families. Kathleen incorporates a number of different therapeutic approaches including Bowen Family Systems theory, Neurofeedback, Enlisten sound therapy, 12-step facilitation and spiritual direction. In addition, Kathleen has performed over 200 successful family and workplace addiction interventions.

Langmead, Michele – M.Ed., CCC
Phone: (778) 231-2611
Note: Michele specializes in addictions, dissociative identity disorder, and Christian pastoral counseling. Michele works with individuals, couples and families. Please call Michele for her address.

LaPerriere, Raymond – RCC
109 – 2096 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 313-1952

Letwin, Joey – RCC
705 – 055 Pendrell Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 614-8537

Lichty, Janet – M.Ed., RCC
171 – 1089 W. Broadway (at Spruce), Vancouver
Phone: (604) 715-9000
Note: Janet has worked in addictions since 1990. Janet’s experience includes 10 years outpatient counselling, addiction work in an EAP setting, and facilitating 16 step groups for women and men. Janet’s private practice work is client-centered using systems theory, gestalt, expressive therapies, and whatever approach seems to work best for her clients. Janet works with adults, adolescents, concurrently disordered individuals, gays, lesbians and couples.

Limbos, Marjolaine M. – Ph.D., R.Psych.
Vancouver Child Psychology
4428 West 2nd Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6R 1K5
Phone: (604) 346-6505
Note: treats child and adolescent learning disabilities, giftedness, developmental/intellectual disabilities, autism, ADHD, behavior difficulties, depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, self-esteem, divorce, and substance abuse.

Long, Michele R. – MA, RCC
Suite 115, 1271 Howe St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 681-8474
Note: Michele helps people discover the meaning of their addiction, looking at both the underlying wounds of history that fuel addictive patterns, as well as the hidden longing for a deeper experience of being alive. Michelle works from a depth perspective, influenced by Carl Jung and relational theories with a style that is compatible with 12-step programs. Michele also has expertise in treating adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, anger, grief and loss.

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MacInnes, Lindsey-MA, RCC
Concordia Counselling Services
#202, 1755 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 4S5
Phone: (778) 331-0965
Note: has expertise in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, anger, self-esteem, relationship difficulties and addictions. Lindsey works with youth, adults and their families. Her work experience includes working in residential, outpatient and private practice settings and utilizes Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, CBT and Mindfulness.

MacNeill, Ruth – M.Ed., RCC
The Caliber of Life

Collaborative Divorce
203 – 111 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (778) 388-6467
Note: Ruth has 14 years experience counselling individuals in life transitions, relationship enhancement, grief & loss, separation/divorce, addictions, anxiety/stress reduction, trauma, and self esteem. Ruth has previously worked in residential addiction treatment. Ruth’s passion is working with partners and the families of people with addictions. Ruth does not work with clients in early stages of addiction recovery.

Mahoney, Catherine – Ph.D.
#1205 – 750 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 876-4794

Mantler, Hilda – APHD, CSAC (ret.)
Circle of Life Substance Abuse Counselling Services
115 – 6545 Alberta St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 669-4476
Note: Hilda has been in private practice as an addiction counsellor for 18 years. For 6 years, Hilda worked in a variety of addiction treatment centers and recovery houses, including Charlford House. Hilda has a sliding fee scale.

Maranda, Doris – MA, RCC
#11 – 2533 Penticton St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 254-0147
Note: Doris has over 25 years experience as a somatically-oriented (working with the body) counsellor, educator and therapist. Doris specializes in eating disorders.  Doris is also trained in EMDR and other modalities such as Gestalt, working with dreams and active imagination.

Marsh, Teresa – MA, RCC
217 – 1118 Homer St., Vancouver
Phone: (778) 388-3367
Note: Teresa has more than 25 years expertise in addictions, mental health, oncology, and palliative care and understands the well-documented relationship between trauma and substance abuse. Teresa is a certified yoga teacher (Ashtanga & Moksha) and is author of an oncology textbook. Teresa offers an integrated, holistic approach to her work with individuals, couples, and families.

McEvoy, Maureen – MA, RCC
Imago Vancouver

302 – 2245 West Broadway (near Arbutus), Vancouver
Phone: (604) 873-3278
Note: Maureen provides a combination of talk therapy, art, EMDR, and Gestalt. For couples, Maureen utilizes Imago Relationship Therapy. Maureen works with adults, particularly couples in early recovery.

McFee, Susan – M.A., CCC
#1630 – 701 W Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V7Y 1K8
Phone: (604) 551-3776  
Note: Treats adult individuals and couples for addiction.

McGill, Dennis – RCC
#412 – 1270 Robson St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 608-4268 or (604) 833-5871

Meilan, Marlise – MA, RCC
Contemplate Psychotherapy
Macdonald and West 3rd Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6K 1M7
Phone: (778) 968-6463
Note: in addition to providing straight-up talk therapy, Marlise also uses yoga, breath work, and mindfulness

Milardo, Vincent – MA, CHT, CMH
200-1131 Howe St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 669-9699
Note: Vincent is a Certified Medical Hypnotherapist & counsellor with over 25 years experience. Vincent combines recovery coaching and hypnotherapy with a personal approach. All sessions with Vincent are provided on an individual basis.

Miller, Avrum – Ed.D.
Anxiety and Stress Relief Clinic

3126 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 732-3930
Note: over the last 17 years Avrum has held positions in management and counselling in a variety of mental health, university and business settings. Avrum’s approach to counselling is primarily CBT but also includes EMDR, SRT, among others. Avrum works with clients struggling with addiction issues, anxiety, stress, depression, guilt, grief, loss, low self-esteem, chronic pain and relationship difficulties.

Moller, Kerry – MA, RCC
901 – 675 West Hastings St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 314-1839
Note: Kerry is trained in traditional “talk therapy” as well as expressive arts therapy. Kerry specializes in working with couples who want to improve their communication and intimacy and with individuals who suffer from disordered eating. In addition, Kerry helps adolescents and adults with issues such as stress, anxiety, addictions, depression, grief and loss, relationship difficulties and abuse.

Oakes, Janet – MA (cand.), BC-ATP, FIPA
Vancouver (Cambie & Broadway)
Phone: (604) 773-4444
Note: Janet’s primary theoretical framework is psychoanalytic but also uses art therapy, MI, Jungian analysis, somatic experiencing, relaxation techniques, and 12-step work. Janet works with both individuals and couples and facilitates professional supervision and consultation. Types of client issues that Janet works with include depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, loss, trauma, gender issues, family of origin issues, addictions and co-dependency.

Paproski, Donna – Ph.D., R.Psych
#325 – 2184 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 619-0849
Note: Donna practices client-centered, solution-oriented psychotherapy, using a variety of approaches to involve clients in self awareness and self care, including CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as mindfulness, and other experiential approaches. She works with individuals (adolescents, adults, elders), couples and families.

Partridge, Barbara – M.Ed., RCC
Arbutus Counselling Services

201 – 2678 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 266-2303
Note: Barbara offers psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families for substance abuse, eating disorders, social anxiety and other anxieties (OCD and panic), grief, and depression. Barbara’s therapeutic expertise includes CBT, SFBT, interpersonal and other evidence-based methods. Clients may also opt for hypnotherapy.

Payne, Coral – MA, CCC, RCC
Coral Payne Counselling

Vancouver (Commercial Drive area)
Phone: (604) 809-9693
Note: Coral specializes in abuse, life transitions, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, as well as substance abuse. Coral works with both individuals (adolescents and adults) as well as couples. Please call Coral for her address.

Pieroni, Toni – MA, RCC
Ambleside Counselling
11-730 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 737-0168
Note: Toni utilizes ecopsychology which explores the relationship between humans and the natural world. Toni focuses on relationships as the source of healing, growth, and development. For the past 15 years, Toni has focused her therapeutic work on integrating the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Toni works with individuals and couples.

Plattor, Candace – MA, RCC
1260 Nelson St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 677-5876
Note: Candace is a specialist in addictive behaviours including substance abuse and has over 20 years of experience in the addiction counseling field. Candace believes addiction is a symptom of underlying causes such as sadness, anger, resentment, feelings of low self-worth, family upbringing, job unhappiness and relationship problems. Candace utilizes the 16 Step program as well as EMDR. Candace works with individuals, couples and families.

Plumstead, Barbara J. – MA, RCC
1892 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 721-1202
Note: Barbara has worked at Aurora Centre, a women’s treatment centre for addictions, since 1995. Barbara’s private practice specializes in trauma, addiction, life transitions, relationship conflicts, grief, and sexual orientation. Barbara works with women, men, youth, adults, couples and singles and comes from a Rogerian/client-centered approach but also uses CBT. Barbara also uses EMDR with relapse-stable clients caught in old traumas.

Power, Nirmal – RCC
2149 William St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 215-8344

Robbins, Linda – MA, R.Psych.
#314 – 2902 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 732-1891
Note: Linda has 25 years experience in counselling and psychotherapy with men and women of all ages and is a specialist in addiction treatment and treatment of families impacted by addiction. Linda has clinical training in integrative psychotherapy, transactional analysis, Gestalt, emotionally focused therapy, CBT, hypnosis, and EMDR Level II. Linda encourages participation in 12 Step Programs.

Roomy, Amy – RCC
Note: Amy is not currently in private practice.

Rostam, Hajera – RCC
Phone: (778) 858-8666

Ruebsaat, Susanna Gisela – BFA, T.Ed., DVATA, MA
Inner Image
Commercial & Charles St.
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 251-7047
Note: is a qualified and experienced art therapist and teacher of art and has been in the counselling field since 1986.

Rungta, Susan – MA, R.Psych. Assoc.
Suite 206 – 4545 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 222-1116 ext. 2
Note: Susan has been assisting individuals, couples and families for over 20 years. She also facilitates a long-term psychotherapy group. For more information see Susan’s website (see above).

Sangster, Margot – MA, RCC
Full Circle Counselling & Meditation
284 – 1917 West 4th Avenue
Phone: (604) 733-7124
Note: Margot has worked in the field of addictions since 2001. In her private practice, Margot integrates mindfulness with CBT. She emphasizes the bio-psycho-social-spiritual perspective, the importance of balance in day-to-day life, and an integrated health approach to wellness. Margot’s expertise includes life transitions, cross-cultural issues, spiritual growth, self-esteem, depression, and trauma. Since 1998, Margot has taught mindfulness meditation to people from all walks of life.

Saunders, Keith – Ph.D.
1303 – 750 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 802-5202

Schooler, Dawn – MA, RCC
Jericho Professional Counselling Services

400 – 601 W. Broadway (near Ash), Vancouver
Phone: (604) 619-0482 or (604) 434-5727
Note: Dawn uses CBT, Feminist, and Buddhist theory to inform her counselling style.  Dawn has 16 years experience with depression, anxiety, anger, communication, sexual orientation, relationship development, grief, loss, life transition, family concerns, self-esteem, marriage, separation, and divorce.  About one-third of Dawn’s caseload pertains to addiction/addictive concerns.  Dawn works with all ages and also with the gay and lesbian community.

Shaler, Eroca – MA, RCC
Eroca Shaler Psychologist Ltd.

1010 – 470 Granville St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 683-3113
Note: While Eroca has a broad range of experience, she has studied most extensively in the areas of psychological trauma and addictions. Eroca has worked in the area of sexual abuse therapy since 1985 and with issues of co-dependency and ACOA since the early 80’s. Eroca has extensive experience with 12 Step programs. Eroca’s psychotherapy techniques include hypnosis, EMDR, Tapas acupressure technique, as well as energy treatment methods.

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Shell, Ruth – MA, RCC
Ruth Shell Counselling Services

671F Market Hill, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 681-7175
Note: Ruth employs a family systems approach to working with individuals, couples, and families and has a certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counselling from the Addiction Foundation of Manitoba. Ruth also consults with and trains organizations interested in the family systems approach. Ruth has been in private practice since 1985.

Sherwood, Glynis – M.Ed., CCC
Suite 400, 601 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C2
Phone: (778) 837-0616
Note: helps people transcend addiction and achieve a fuller recovery, so they can feel more emotionally resilient and satisfied with life and love, work and play.

Silin, Peter – M.S.W., R.S.W.
288 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 874-7764
Note: Peter has been counselling individuals, couples, and families since 1980. Besides working with individuals struggling with addictions, relationship problems, self esteem, and sexuality, Peter is an expert on aging and care. Some of the techniques Peter uses include CBT, insight-oriented approaches, inner child, hypnosis, EMDR, TFT, breath work and body work.

Silberberg, Sabine – MA, CAGS, DVATI
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 255-6305
Note: a certified art therapist.

Simms, Tasha – MA, RPC
Authentic Self Counselling
1688 Robson St. Ph. 4
Vancouver, BC V6G 1C7
Phone: (604) 331-4642
Note: works with a variety of disciplines including Family Systems Theory, Gestalt, as well as cognitive and Psycho/spiritual orientations.

Smith, Marian A. – MA, RMT, RCC
Mindful Living

203A – 2678 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 787-6100
Note: Marian has worked in the field of addictions since 2003. In her private practice, Marian integrates mindfulness with CBT & acceptance-based therapy.  Since 2000, Marian has led groups integrating mindfulness with CBT for treating anxiety, panic and depression. Marian has also worked as a Registered Massage Therapist and recognizes the importance of bringing the biopsychosocial-spiritual aspects of the self into awareness and balance. Marian has trained in EMDR.

Smith, Mark – MSW, RSW
Collaborative Divorce Coaching
#501 – 1587 West 8th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6J 1T5
Cell: (604) 720-5889

Stabler, James – RCC
Anxiety and Stress Help

3433 Granville St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 742-1923
Note: Jim has over 30 years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples and families. For the last 10 years Jim has specialized in treating stress and anxiety disorders but also has extensive experience with addictions, for which his therapeutic approach is CBT-based relapse prevention. Since stress has many dimensions James uses other strategies such as Interpersonal, Psychodynamic and Mind/Body techniques which are helpful along with CBT.

Stewart, Ruth-Ann – MA, PSYCH, RCC, RCSW
Stewart and Associates Counselling and Consulting Services Inc.

Suite 227 – 1118 Homer St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 687-7171
Note: Ruth-Ann’s work has involved treating anxiety and depression, trauma survivors, substance misuse, loss and grief, obsessive-compulsive disorder, life transition, personal growth, career exploration, and couples issues. Ruth-Ann finds that many issues that come up in therapy go back to early childhood. Ruth-Ann does not believe that the client should live in the past, but does believe we often need to go back in order to overcome what keeps us from moving ahead.

Stieler, Linda – RCC
False Creek Counselling Centre
671A Market Hill, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 875-9888
Note: Linda has been a therapist in private practice for 21 years and has had numerous courses over the years in addictions, attachment Issues, and working with couples and families. Linda has certified expertise in Gestalt therapy and EMDR. Linda treats adults, couples, families, children and adolescents. 

Stoll, Elaine – BA, RTC, RCC
Westside Counselling

1273 East 29th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 874-1022
Note: Elaine works with individuals struggling with addiction, trauma/abuse, parenting, life skills, and relationships. The theoretical models Elaine works from include Choice Theory/Reality Therapy; Narrative Therapy; and SFBT. Elaine also works as a trainer/teacher providing professional development workshops.

Stroh, Brett – MA, RCC
Aperio Counselling & Consulting Inc.

410-750 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 220-0138
Note: Brett works with adults, youth, and families and specializes in depression, anxiety, addictions, grief and loss, life transition and anger management. Brett also works with couples and families. Brett employs a broad range of techniques to help her clients find the answers they are looking for.

Sures, Elana S. – M.Ed., RCC
501 – 1587 W. 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 603-8941
Note: Elana integrates various therapeutic approaches such as mindfulness-based CBT, family systems, and EFT. Elana has been practicing
individual, couple and family therapy in the addictions field for 8
years, both in government-based agencies and in private practice.” Elana also has a graduate level diploma in Art Therapy. Elana’s other areas of experience include anxiety, depression, relationships and intimacy issues, and infertility.

Swingle,Paul – Ph.D., FCPA, R.Psych.
Swingle & Associates
Suite 630 – 1190 Melville St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 608 0444
Note: Dr. Swingle is board certified in Biofeedback and Neuropathy and is a Registered Psychologist. In his own words: “It is clear that there are many contributory factors to addiction including both the physiological and the psychological. Treatment of these conditions includes the normalizing of brainwave activity with neurotherapy coupled with behavioral and/or cognitive therapies.”

Talbot-Kelly, Michael – RCC
4423 West 3rd Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 317-1613

Topham, Sara – MA, RCC
Phoenix Counselling

1728-808 Nelson St. (near Howe), Vancouver
Phone: (604) 836-6840 or (604) 684-7623
Note: Sara has recently changed from a general practice to specializing in adult addiction issues. Sara has 15 years of addiction counselling which includes numerous outpatient and residential addiction programs in the Lower Mainland. Sara has a strong background in Adlerian Psychology, CBT, SFBT, Family Systems Theory, and in a Narrative approach. Sara works from a strength-based position. Sara also has an extensive background in trauma.

Inner Work
601-1060 Barclay Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1G6
Phone: (604) 569-1259  
Note: Treats adults (individuals and couples). LGBT issues, Jungian psychotherapy, sex counselling, men’s issues, addiction/substance abuse/compulsive behaviour, death/grief/bereavement, mid-life transition, depression, anxiety, and adjustment disorders.

Topham, Donna – MA (cand.), RPC
Sea Change Therapy
616-736 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1G3
Phone: (604) 785-8509
Note: approach is based on Family Systems and Developmental theory. Skilled in Self-Regulation Therapy for trauma.
Note: Sara has recently changed from a general practice to specializing in adult addiction issues. Sara has 15 years of addiction counselling which includes numerous outpatient and residential addiction programs in the Lower Mainland. Sara has a strong background in Adlerian Psychology, CBT, SFBT, Family Systems Theory, and in a Narrative approach. Sara works from a strength-based position. Sara also has an extensive background in trauma.

Trunkey, Lawrence – M.Ed., RCC
#325 – 2184 W. Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 803-0536
Note: Larry is a client centered, solution oriented therapist. He uses mindfulness, metaphor,CBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to effectively support men and women of all ages

Vanderham, Gina – MA, CEAP, ICADC, LMFT
#830 – 470 Granville St.
Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 733-7428
Note: Gina has been specializing in the field of addictions for over 15 years and has extensive specialized education and experience in the areas of chemical dependency, sex addiction, food addictions (anorexia, bulimia, etc.), problem gambling, co-dependency and internet addiction. Gina also works extensively with corporations, employees, and their families.

Veal, Marshall – MA, RCC
Phone: (604) 871-1492
Note: Marshall has been in private practice since 1993. Besides his private practice, Marshall had been working, until recently, full time at the BC Cancer Agency. Marshall provides therapy for individuals, couples and families for a broad range of life challenges that would include substance misuse, anxiety and depression. Marshall tends to work with SFBT, narrative, CBT and eclectic therapies. Please call Marshall for his address.

Vega, Kerry – RPC
Vega Counselling
901 – 601 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C2
Phone: (604) 897-5931

Vidas, Donna M. – MA, RCC
300-3665 Kingsway (near Boundary), Vancouver
Phone: (604) 710-5284
Note: Donna’s addiction clients are referred mainly through an EFAP where clients are transitioning to and out of treatment. Donna also sees adolescents, typically referred by parents. Donna uses MI, CBT, SFBT, and Adlerian approaches in her work and is holistic and creative in her approach. Donna’s work experience includes outpatient, residential, detox, and support recovery. Donna is fluent in English, French, and Italian.

Wagner, John – Ph.D., R.Psych.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Centre of Vancouver

Suite 400 – 1681 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Phone: (778) 838-6875
Note: Dr. Wagner provides psychological services to both adolescent and adult clients and regularly consults with other area providers in working with persons struggling with complex multi-systemic disorders. Dr. Wagner has expertise with DBT including a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington. John works with adults, youth, and families.

Webster, Graeme – M.Ed., RCC
Claire Hawes & Associates
2735 Waterloo Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 732-1246
Note: Graeme works with families and individuals who are experiencing problems with addiction. Graeme’s clients include adult children of alcoholics.

Wicken, Tania – RCC
#1 – 4245 Ash Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 731-0079

Wint, Cory – BA, ICADC
HeartQuest Healing

Phone: (604) 818-1771
Note: Since 1994, Cory has worked as a counsellor specializing in addictions. Cory has experience in dealing with complex problematic substance use and non-productive communication. Cory is also a certified Substance Abuse Professional as defined by the US Department of Transportation and is co-owner of Heartquest Holistic Wellness Centre. Cory also provides continuing care groups for clients residing in the Lower Mainland that have completed residential treatment.

Yasin, Sandra – MA, R.Psych.
2593 Kent Ave. NE, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 321-9823
Note: Sandra works with lifestyle issues (self-esteem, stress, relationships, substance abuse, life transitions) and workplace issues (employee assistance counseling, conflict resolution, and critical incident stress). Sandra has been a therapist for over 25 years.

Zacharuk, Brenda J. – M.Sc., BA, RMFT
1825 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 541-8555
Note: Brenda has been providing individual, couple and family therapy/coaching for approximately 10 years. Brenda’s areas of specializations include self esteem, assertiveness training, anger management, communication skills, parenting techniques, stress management, grief/loss support, PTSD, CISD, NLP, meditation, visualizations, support for depression, addiction counselling (alcohol, drugs, smoking, shopping, sex) and abuse counselling.

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Zaide, Pohsuan – MA, RCC
3026 Arbutus St. (at W 14th), Vancouver
Phone: (778) 846-6056
Note: Pohsuan has over 20 years experience counselling, and 15 years specializing in concurrent mental health/addiction treatment. Pohsuan uses the bio-psycho-social-spiritual model of recovery, and is trained in CBT, Mindfulness-based CBT, EMDR, SFBT and Narrative Therapy. For 8 years, Pohsuan was director/ supervisor of an outpatient concurrent disorders program. Pohsuan speaks English, Cantonese and some Mandarin. Also works with families.

Zierten, Patrick – MA RCC
Edgewood Vancouver Addiction Services
1525 west 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 734-1100
Note: In addition to their residential facility in Nanaimo, Edgewood now has a satellite outpatient office in Vancouver. Provides individuals and family support in the form of coaching, therapy and interventions as well as education, support and assessments for employers, EAP’s and referral agents in medically certified assessments.

Zsange, Kemila – RRCH, C.Ht
Kemila Zsange Hypnotherapy & Counselling
Suite 502, 2077 Nelson St.
Vancouver, BC V6G 2Y2
Phone: (604) 687-4325
Note: Kemila Treats individuals, groups, adults and youth for self-acceptance, depression, grief, loss, addiction and anxiety, anger, substance misuse. She is a certified Counselling-Hypnotherapist.

Zwiers, Al – M.S.W., R.S.W.
226-1118 Homer Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 537-0130
Note: Al has specialized training in the clinical practice of CBT, Rational Emotive Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Clinical Hypnosis. Al has also been trained in the fields of substance use and addiction recovery, gender and sexuality, treatment of sexual addictions and in hormone readiness assessment for transgender issues.

Glossary of Common Acronyms in Psychotherapy (Degrees, Certifications, Agencies, Disorders, etc.)

ACOAAdult Children of Alcoholics
ACT – Acceptance Based Therapy
ADTR – Academy of Dance Therapists certified by the American Dance Therapy Association
BPHE – Bachelors of Physical Education
BRI – Board Registered Interventionist certified by Association of Intervention Specialist Credentialing Board
BScN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
CAC – Certified Addictions Counsellor certified by Canadian Council of Professional Certification
CBT – Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
CCC – Canadian Certified Counsellor certified by Canadian Counselling Association (CCA)
CEAP – Certified Employee Assistance Professional certified by Employee Assistance Professionals Association
CGC – Certified Problem Gambling Counsellor certified by Canadian Council of Professional Certification
CHt – Certified Hypnotherapist certified by the Professional Board of Hypnotherapy
CMAT – Certified Eating Disorder Therapist certified by International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Therapists (IITAP)
CSAC – Certified Substance Abuse Counsellor
CSAT – Certified Sex Addiction Therapist certified by International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Therapists (IITAP)
CTS – Certified Trauma Specialist certified by the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS)
DBTDialectical Behavioural Therapy
DH – Diploma in Hypnotherapy
DKATI – Diploma of Kootnai Art Therapy Institute
D.Min. – Doctor of Ministry
DTR – Dance Therapists Registered certified by the American Dance Therapy Association
EAP – Employee Assistance Program
EFAP – Employee and Family Assistance Program
EFTEmotion Focused Therapy
EFTEmotional Freedom Technique
EFT-ADV – Certified Emotional Freedom Technique certified by the Gary Craig Foundation
EMDREye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
FIPAFellow of the International Psychoanalytic Association
ICADC – International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor certified by Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
MA – Master of Arts
MC – Master of Counselling
MCFDMinistry of Children and Family Development is responsible for government programs targeting children and youth in the province of BC
M.Div. – Master of Divinity
M.Ed. – Master of Education
MIMotivational Interviewing
MNLP – Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming
MOHBC Ministry of Health
MPCP – Master Practitioner of Counselling Psychology certified by Canadian Professional Counsellors Association.
MRPC – Registered Master Professional Counsellor certified by Canadian Professional Counsellors Association.
M.Sc. – Master of Science
MSW – Master of Social Work
MTSC – Masters of Theological Studies & Counselling
NLPNeuro Linguistic Programming
OCDObsessive Compulsive Disorder
PACSPeace Arch Community Services
Ph.D. – Doctor of Philosophy
Psy.D. – Doctor of Psychology
RAS – Registered Addictions Specialist certified by Breining Institute in California.
RCC – Registered Clinical Counsellor certified by British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
RMFT – Registered Marriage and Family Therapist certified by American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
RMT – Registered Massage Therapist certified by the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia (CMTBC)
RN  – Registered Nurse
R.Psych. – Registered Psychologist
RPC – Registered Professional Counsellor certified by Canadian Professional Counsellors Association.
RPT – Registered Play Therapist certified by Association for Play Therapy
RRP – Registered Rehabilitation Professional certified by Vocational Rehabilitation Association
RSW – Registered Social Worker
SAP – Substance Abuse Professional certified by United States Department of Transportation (DOT)
SFBTSolution Focused Brief Therapy
SRT – Self Regulation Therapy certified by Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education 
TATTapas Acupressure Technique
TFTThought Field Therapy
TIRTraumatic Incident Reduction

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III.A. Vancouver Medical Referral Services for those affected by Alcohol and Drug Misuse

BC Nurse Line
Phone: (604) 215-4700 (Vancouver)
Toll-free: 1(866) 215-4700
Deaf and Hearing-Impaired: 1(866) 889-4700
Note: the BC Nurse Line is staffed with Registered Nurses and provides triage, assessment of symptoms, translation services, call transfer to emergency services (crisis lines, ambulance), and referral to non-emergency programs (detox, outpatient counselling). Nurses also provide inter-rim self-care instructions for individuals who cannot immediately access counselling or medical services such as detox. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Access Central
Toll-free: 1(866) 658-1221
Note: for referrals to detox and supportive recovery housing. Access Central is staffed with social workers who can provide on-the-spot counselling and coping strategies. Hours are 9 am to 9 pm seven days a week. Messages left on voice mail will be returned the following day.

D-Talks Youth Detox Line
Toll-free: 1(866) 658-1221
After hours: (604) 872-4349
Note: a toll-free number for youth 12 to 21 requiring detox treatment services. D-Talks is staffed with social workers who can provide on-the-spot counselling and coping strategies. Hours are 9 am to 9 pm seven days a week.

III.B. Vancouver Withdrawal Management (Detox)

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VancouverAdult Detox

Home detox (daytox), Harbour Light and Vancouver Detox can be accessed by calling ACCESS 1 at (604) 658-1250 or toll-free 1(866) 658-1221.

Harbour Light Detox (Cordova Detox)
Salvation Army
119 East Cordova St.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1K8
Phone: (604) 646-6808 ext. 2
Toll-Free: 1(866) 658-1221 ext. 2
Fax: (604) 646-6840
E-Mail: Use form on the “Contact Us” page of the website
Note: Harbour Light offers medically supported withdrawal, 23 detox beds for adult men and 6 beds for adult women, for a five to seven day detox program for those who have no home or lack the 24-hour support they require to get through the detox process. Serves the North Shore, Richmond, Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver. Office hours are 9am – 9pm.

Onsite Detox
2nd floor – Insite
137 East Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1N5
Phone: (604) 687-7483 ext. 3
Fax: (604) 964-7779
Website: Onsite Detox
Note: This is a 12 bed detox for adults 19+. 12 hour nursing support. Intake hours between 10am – 4 am. No clients who are going through alcohol or benzodiazepines withdrawal, who are pregnant, or who have a history of seizures.

Vancouver Detox
377 East 2nd Ave.
Vancouver, BC V5T 1B9
Phone: (604) 658-1280 (non-admissions calls)
Phone: 1(866) 658-1221 (Access Central – Admissions)
Website: Vancouver Detox
Note: Includes 24 beds, has a physician available every day and offers 24-hour nursing care. This facility is generally used for those requiring medication to get through the detox process. Vancouver Detox also offers Daytox Vancouver which is a 6-week outpatient detox program for adults.

Vancouver Youth Detox

There are detox beds for youth at Family Services Youth Detox and PLEA Youth Detox Program.

PLEA Youth Detox
PLEA Community Services Society of BC
3894 Commercial St.
Vancouver, BC V5N 4G2
Phone: (604) 708-2616
Toll-Free: 1(866) 658-1221 ext.1 (Access Central)
Fax: (604) 871-0408
Website: PLEA – Youth Detox
Note: A social detox for youth up to 21 years of age. PLEA youth detox is a non-medical service where youth stay with a family trained in detox by PLEA. Referrals are accepted 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Serves youth who reside in New Westminster, Burnaby, Vancouver, Richmond, North Vancouver, Sechelt or Squamish.

Youth Detox – Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Phone: (604) 872-4349
Toll-Free: 1(877) 872-4349
D-Talks: 1(866) 658-1221 ext.1
Note: A voluntary-admission program which provides residential alcohol and drug detox and follow-up services for street involved youth between the ages of 13 -21. Accepts youth with concurrent mental health/addiction issues. Intakes are 9 am – 9pm daily. Available to youth from all points in BC.

D-Talks Youth Detox Line is a centralized phone line that links youth ages 12 to 21 with detox services. This service is available 9 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week. Their number is toll-free 1(866) 658-1221 or after hours (604) 872-4349 to connect to Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

Home Detox – Vancouver

Some drug users choose to detox at home, with nursing support. They may be referred to their local Community Health Centre (CHC) (see above), as each Vancouver CHC offers addiction services, including home detox.

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Private Detox – Vancouver

Agora Regeneration Clinics Ltd.
1004 – 2050 Nelson St.
Vancouver, BC V6G 1N6
Phone: (604) 688 6848
Toll-Free: 1(866) 452-4672
Note: Agora is a private fee-for-service, naturopathic approach to alcohol and drug detoxification.

III.C. Methadone Maintenance Therapy – Vancouver

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Private or Contracted Agency Methadone Maintenance Therapy – Vancouver

Stroh Health
410 – 750 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1H3
Phone: (604) 879-1196
Note: A private clinic. An appointment is necessary. Fee is $55 per month. Hours are 9:00 to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday (closed noon hour).

Commercial Health Centre
Lower Mainland Drug Freedom Inc.
2703 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N 4C5
Phone: (604) 874-3445
Note: Private clinic. Fee is $65 per month. An appointment is necessary. Hours are Monday to Wednesday 9:30 to 6:30 pm, Thursday 9:30 to 6:30 pm and Friday 9:30 to 4:00 pm (closed noon hour).

Doc-Side Medical Clinic
125 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2S5
Phone: (604) 633-1234
Note: Private clinic.

Downtown Community Health Centre
569 Powell Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1G8
Phone: (604) 255-3151
Note: A government clinic funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Evergreen Community Health Centre
3425 Crowley Drive
Vancouver, BC V5R 6G3
Note: A government clinic funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Grandview Woodland Community Health Centre
310-1669 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5N 1V9
Phone: (604) 675-3990
Note: A government clinic funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Oak Grove Clinic
1872 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5N 2S7
Phone: (604) 876-6257
Note: Private clinic. Fee is $60 per month. Hours are Monday 11:00 to 4:00 pm, Tuesday 10:00 to 6:00 pm, Wednesday 9:00 to 5:30 pm, Thursday 9:00 to 6:00 pm, Friday 10:00 to 4:00 pm.

Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre
2110 W 43rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6M 2E1
Phone: (604) 267-3970
Note: A government clinic funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Pender Community Health Centre
59 West Pender
Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3
Phone: (604) 669-9181
Note: A government clinic funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Raven Song Community Health Centre
2450 Ontario Street
Vancouver, BC V5T 4T7
Phone: (604) 709-6530
Note: A government clinic funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Royal Oak Clinic
103 – 1638 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1
Phone: (604) 438-6184
Note: Private clinic. Fee is $60 per month. Hours are Monday & Wednesday 10:00 to 6:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 to 6:00 pm and Friday 10:00 to 4:00 pm (open for lunch). 

South Addiction Services
700 West 57th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6P 1S1
Phone: (604) 301-3860
Note: A government clinic funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. 

Three Bridges Community Health Centre
1292 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1W2
Phone: (604) 736-9844
Note: A government clinic funded by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

Vancouver Native Health Society
449 East Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1P5
Phone: (604) 255-9766
Note: A contracted agency with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. VNHS delivers medical, counseling and social services, with an emphasis on providing care to the Aboriginal community. All programs are accessible without fees to native and non-native individuals residing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Hours are Monday to Thursday 9:30 to 8:15 pm and Friday to Sunday 9:30 to 4:15 pm (closed 12:30 to 1:30 pm).

Yaletown Medical Center
1280 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 682-2141
Note: Private clinic. Appointments are necessary. Hours are Monday 10:00 to 5:00 pm, Tuesday 10:00 to 6:30 pm, Wednesday 10:00 to 5:00 pm, Thursday 10:00 to 6:00 pm and to Friday 10:00 to 5:30 pm (closed noon hour).

III.D. Primary Mental Health & Addiction Services – Vancouver

For primary mental health and addiction service contact information refer to the government funded methadone clinics listed in section III.C. above.

III E. Treatment Services for AIDS/HIV & Other Communicable Diseases – Vancouver

AIDS Vancouver
1107 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 893-2201
Helpline: (604) 893-2222 (9 am to 5 pm Mon to Fri)
Note: provides extensive support, counseling, drop-in. Has a library containing AIDS/HIV reading, audio and video resources.

Asian Society for the Intervention of Aids (ASIA)
210-119 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 669-5567
Note: provides support, outreach, and support groups for East and Southeast Asian communities concerning AIDS/HIV.

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BC Centre for Disease Control
Hepatitis Information Line – (604) 660-0999
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Clinic – (604) 660-6161
STD/HIV Information Line – (604) 872-6652
STD/HIV Resource Centre – (604) 660-2090
Tuberculosis Control Service – (604) 660-6108
655 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Note: The STD Clinic is a public facility that provides free diagnosis, treatment and counseling for STD-infected individuals. Call (604) 660-6161 for hours. The Resource Centre has education and prevention resources for in-house use, videos on loan, and free pamphlets and is open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. STD/HIV Information Line is staffed by health professionals and is available 1 to 3 pm Monday to Friday. Tuberculosis Control Service provides TB skin tests 8:30 am to 4:15 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

BC Persons with AIDS Society
2nd Floor – 1107 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 893-2200
Toll-free: 1(800) 994-2437
Note: provides individual and group peer support, complementary therapies, prison outreach and has a drop-in lounge. Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday.

Canadian Liver Foundation Helpline
109-828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 707-6430
Toll-free: 1(800) 856-7266
Note: to speak to someone if you or a loved one has hepatitis A, B, and C.

612 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 685-6561
Note: provides individual, group, and family counseling for youth affected by HIV/AIDS, primarily the Downtown Eastside and Mount Pleasant area. Also operates a mobile needle exchange.

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
HIV Outreach Program
302 Columbia Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 681-8480
Note: provides outreach and support for women with HIV or at risk. Call for hours.

Dr Peter Centre
1110 Comox Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 608-1874
Note: provides a day program and residence for people with HIV/AIDS.

913 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 682-3900
Note: provides information and support to gay men regarding sexual health and HIV/AIDS.

Healing Our Spirit BC Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Society
100-2425 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 879-8884
Toll-free: 1(866) 745-8884
Note: Outreach for First Nations and other Aboriginal persons who have AIDS/HIV. Serves urban and rural Aboriginal communities throughout BC.

139 East Hastings, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 687-7483
Note: a supervised injection site for individuals 16 and older. Designed to provide injection drug users with medical services and clean supplies. Also provides counseling to those that want it. Facility is open 10 am to 4 pm daily.

A Loving Spoonful
100-1300 Richards Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 682-6325
Note: provides meals for people with HIV/AIDS. A referral from a physician is required.

McLaren Housing Society of BC
200-649 Helmcken Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 669-4090
Note: provides affordable housing for people with HIV/AIDS. Office hours are 9 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Friday.

Positive Outlook Program HIV/AIDS
Vancouver Native Health Society (VNHS)

441 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 254-9937
Note: comprehensive psychological and medical treatment program for HIV positive Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents and Aboriginals. Includes a methadone support group, a transgender support group, and a HIV/AIDS support group.

Positive Women’s Network
614-1033 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 692-3000
Toll-free: 1(866) 692-3001
Note: for women with HIV and their families. Includes counseling, support groups, hot lunches, and a drop-in centre. Self-referrals are accepted. Office hours are 9 am  to 4 pm Monday to Friday.

Saint Paul’s Hospital
John Reudy’s Immunodeficiency Clinic
B512 – 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 806-8060
Note: a specialized medical clinic for people with HIV/AIDS. Self-referrals accepted. A support group for people living with HIV/AIDS and their partners is also available at Saint Paul’s by calling (604) 806-8223.

Station Street Community
Managed Alcohol Program (MAP)
PHS Community Services
1005 Station St.
Vancouver, BC
Note: this is a safe drinking site for those struggling with alcohol addiction. Alcohol is dispensed to individuals for whom other treatment approaches have failed. For more information visit in person or call one of the addiction & mental health clinics listed in the GOVERNMENT OF CONTRACTED AGENCIES – VANCOUVER section above.

STD/HIV Outreach Nurses
1170 Bute Street – (604) 660-7949
1065 Seymour Street – (604) 660-6776
Note: the Seymour Street nurses serve youth in the Downtown South area while the Bute Street nurses serve the gay/ lesbian/ bisexual & trans-gendered community.

Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)
380 E. Hastings St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 683-6061
Note: promotes health through users-based peer support, education and outreach. Provides stipends for harm reduction, needle exchange, and street programming at Carnegie Centre.

VNHS Walk-In Clinic
Vancouver Native Health Society (VNHS)

449 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 255-9766
Note: blood testing service for residents of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside and Aboriginal people. Includes methadone treatment. Call for hours.

Wings Housing Society
12-1041 Comox Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 899-5405
Note: subsidized housing for people infected with HIV/AIDS.

YouthCO AIDS Society
205-104 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 688-1441
Support Line: (778) 838-3856
Note: provides counseling to youth 15 to 29 to prevent the spread of HIV, AIDS, and hepatitis C.

III. F. Medical Monitoring – Vancouver

Health at Work Services
We Care Home Health Service
10-5763 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6M 2V7
Phone: (604)264-9003

Phone: (250) 881-1186
Toll-free: 1(800) 270-8048

Roitberg, Daniel – RTC, ACRPS, Counsellor
#325 – 2184 West Broadway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 589-8325
Note: Daniel has worked in addictions since 1982. Daniel’s main focus is monitoring employees with substance use disorders. Daniel is an Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist (CENAPS) and a Certified Reality Therapist (Glasser Institute – Van Nuys California). Daniel has helped to develop several inpatient and outpatient programs.

Vanderham, Gina C. – MA Psych, CEAP, ICADC, SAP, LMFT
Suite #416 – 470 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 733-7428
Note: Gina has been working in private practice since 1994.  Other settings where she was gained experience in both Canada and the United States include chemical dependency residential treatment centers, detox, drinking driver services, outpatient counselling clinics, crisis centers, group homes for youth, schools, employee assistance programs, government, businesses and community centers.

Wint, Cory – BA, ICADC
HeartQuest Healing

Phone: (604) 818-1771
Note: Since 1994, Cory has worked as a counsellor and has a degree in Human and Social Development from UVic. Cory has experience in dealing with complex problematic substance use and non-productive communication. Cory is also a certified Substance Abuse Professional as defined by the US Department of Transportation and is co-owner of Heartquest Holistic Wellness Centre.

III. G. Vancouver Addiction Medicine Specialists

Hay, William Lloyd, MD, CSAM, ASAM
“The Old Electric Building”
Suite 350 – 23 West Pender St.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1R3
Phone: (604) 708-1117
Note: William Hay MD, Inc. offers psychiatric, addictions, medical-legal, and other medical services Monday through Friday starting at 9am.

Horvath, Gary P. – M.Sc., M.D., CCFP, CASAM, CCSAM, ABAM Diplomate
Medical Director
Doc-Side Medical
125 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2S5
Phone: (604) 633-1234

Khara, Milan – MBChB, CCFP, ASAM
Tobacco Dependence Clinic
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
3rd Floor, Pacific Spirit CHC
2110 W. 43rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6M 2E1
Phone: (604) 619-6180
Note: Besides providing general addiction medicine, Dr. Khara also runs an outpatient tobacco cessation program.

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Glossary of Common Acronyms in Medicine

– American Society of Addiction Medicine
– Certificant of the College of Family Physicians as certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada
– College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
CSAM – Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
FASAM – Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine

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IV.A. Regional Mutual Support Group Contact Information

Al-Anon/Alateen – Vancouver Central Services Office
101-3680 East Hastings St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 688-1716
Note: see the Kelowna section for the BC Interior Office and the Victoria section for the Vancouver Island Office.

Alcoholics Anonymous – BC Yukon Area 79
Phone: (604) 435-2181

Alcoholics Anonymous – Greater Vancouver Intergroup Society
3457 Kingsway, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 434-3933
Note: See the Victoria section for the AA Central Office in Victoria.

Alcoholics Anonymous – Area 78
Note: covers North eastern BC (Peace River area) and South Eastern BC (East Kootenays).

Alcoholics Anonymous – Area 92 (Washington State East Area)
Note: covers South Eastern BC AA meetings (Nakusp, Slocan, Kaslo, Winlaw, Fruitvale, New Denver, Nelson, Castlegar, Trail and Salmo).

Cocaine Anonymous – BC Area
131 – 19567 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Phone: (604) 662-8500
Toll-free: 1(800) 662-8300

Nar-Anon British Columbia or Nar-Anon Vancouver
Phone: (604) 878-8844

Narcotics Anonymous – BC Region
Phone: (604) 873-1018

Narcotics Anonymous – Canadian Assembly
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Narcotics Anonymous – Chinook Area
Calgary, Alberta
Phone: (403) 569-3427
Note: covers NA meetings for Cranbrook, Fernie, and Kimberley.

SMART Recovery
Vancouver (604) 714-3480

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IV.B. Vancouver Mutual Support Meetings and Related Social Clubs

Vancouver – Adult Children of Alcoholics and/or Dysfunctional Families (ACOA)
Phone: (604) 878-8500
Note: supports adults who have an alcoholic, addicted, or dysfunctional family member and wants to improve their lives by examining old patterns.

Vancouver – Al-Anon/Alateen Central Services
101-3680 East Hastings Street
Phone: (604) 688-1716
Note: provides information for Al-Anon, Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Alateen groups for the lower mainland. Al-Anon literature is also sold through this office. Office hours are 10 am to 3:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Vancouver – Alano and Other Social Clubs
The following clubs co-operate with AA, NA, and Al-Anon but are not affiliated.

Alano Club
1525 W. 7th Avenue, phone (604) 736-5110.
Note: hours are 9:30 am to 10 pm daily.

Avalon Women’s Centre
Location 1: 5957 West Boulevard, phone (604) 263-7177
Location 2: 203-657 Marine Drive, phone (604) 913-0477
Note: a drop-in centre and 12 step support group for women. Provides child care during the week 12 noon to 2 pm. Operating hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Dugout, The
59 Powell Street, phone (604) 685-5239
Note: a drop-in centre that includes a reading room, TV, and games. AA meetings are held daily from 12:30 to 1:30 pm.

Vancouver Recovery Club
261 E. 12th Avenue, phone (604)
Note: Offers over 150 meetings a month, alcohol-free adult dances, Big Book and Step meetings, info on treatment centers, speaker meetings Fri. & Sun., referral services, NA meetings, GA meetings, AA literature, French language AA meetings, etc. Also operates SAFERIDE in collaboration with the Vancouver Police Department. Call 911 for dispatch.

Vancouver – Alcoholics Anonymous

For general meeting information call (604) 434-3933 or visit the Greater Vancouver Intergroup Society Website . Greater Vancouver Intergroup also has AA literature and resources for groups and individuals. Serves Greater Vancouver and Howe Sound.

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Vancouver – Benzo Support Group

Pacific Spirit Addiction Services
34d floor – 2110 West 43rd Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 267-2635
Note: offers a support group for people withdrawing from benzodiazepines.

Vancouver- Circle of Hope

Mission Possible
Compassionate Ministries Society
543 Powell Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 253-4469
Note: a 12-step support group for adults.

Vancouver- Co-Dependents Anonymous

Co-Dependents Anonymous (CoDA)
c/o 1801 10 Laguna Court, New Westminster
Phone: (604) 515-5585
Note: a fellowship for men and women who want to develop healthy relationships.

Vancouver- Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous
131-19567 Fraser Highway, Surrey
Phone: (604) 662-8500
Toll-free: 1(866) 662-8300.
Note: has a list of CA meetings for Vancouver and lower mainland.

Vancouver- Dual Diagnosis Anonymous

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous
Phone: (604) 682-3269 local 7846
Note: mutual support groups for individuals with both mental illness and addictions (dual diagnosis).

Dual Recovery Anonymous or DRA Online
Phone: (604) 642-0085
Note: peer support for people with an emotional or psychiatric illness and chemical dependency.

Vancouver – Fifth Precept Meditation and Discussion Group
Fifth Precept Meditation & Discussion Group
The Dharmalab
Hastings and Commercial
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver- From Grief to Action

From Grief to Action
c/o St. Mary’s Anglican Church
2490 West 37th Ave.
Phone: (604) 454-1484
Note: a non-profit society working to improve the lives of drug users, families, and friends, particularly working with families with addicted youth. Operate a support group called Parents Forever for parents and family members dealing with addicted loved ones. Phone (604) 524-4230 for meeting times and locations.

Vancouver- LifeRing Secular Recovery

LifeRing Secular Recovery is an inclusive Canada-wide non-12 step abstinence based organization focused on saving lives by following the secular principles of personal responsibility and self-determination. Through a network of peer-led groups, we listen, encourage and support people in all stages of recovery. Facilitating connections that build personal strength is our primary goal. LifeRing’s philosophy follows evidence-based practices and peer-support models while empowering each participant to create a personal recovery plan that works for them.

We often hear that there is something unique that happens at LifeRing meetings – or, more accurately, doesn’t happen. Judgement. When asked why they continue to participate in our meetings, our members often tell us that they feel comfortable with the way LifeRing ‘s support fits into their recovery.

Connect to LifeRing Canada Service Centre at 250.920.2095 (Victoria) or 1.888.920.2095 (toll-free) or on the internet at

Three Bridges Addiction Services
301-1290 Hornby St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 714-3480
Note: call for meeting time and location

Vancouver- Marijuana Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous has meetings at 2595 Franklin Street in Vancouver 7:30 pm to 9 pm Tuesdays. For more information phone (604) 255-7402 or (604) 716-2126.

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Vancouver – Nar-Anon

Nar-Anon is a 12-step support group for friends and family members of people with addictions to drugs.  Volunteers are available to help families get started. Call (604) 878-8844 for a meeting anywhere in the lower mainland.

Vancouver- Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step support group for people with addiction to drugs.Vancouver Area has a list of NA meetings for North Vancouver, Squamish, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Whistler, For more information on NA meetings call the helpline at (604) 873-1018.

Vancouver- Sixteen Step Empowerment Group
101 East Cordova Street
Phone: (604) 331-1407 local 106
Note: a support group for women.

Vancouver- SMART Recovery

Three Bridges Addiction Services
301-1290 Hornby St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 714-3480
Note: call for meeting time and location

Vancouver- Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU)

380 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 683-6061
Note: has a number of support groups for alcohol and drug users located on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

Vancouver – Mutual Support Help Lines
Alcoholics Anonymous has a help line in Vancouver, phone (604) 434-3933.

Narcotics Anonymous has a help line in Vancouver for the entire Lower Mainland, phone(604) 873-1018.

Acronyms for Mutual Support Meetings

AA – Alcoholics Anonymous (main site is
CA – Cocaine Anonymous (main site is
NA – Narcotics Anonymous (main site is


Alano Clubs – a place for recovering people to meet and socialize in a clean and sober environment before and after 12 step meetings.

Al-Anon / Alateen- a twelve-step program of recovery for friends and family members of individuals who misuse or are addicted to alcohol. Al-Anon is for adults within the program whereas Alateen is for youth (ages 12 to 20).

Intergroup – centralized offices (typically AA) that operate independently of the worldwide service structure. Intergroups are established to carry out certain functions (i.e. maintaining lists of meetings) that are best handled by a centralized office within a geographic region. Intergroups are maintained, supervised, and supported by Intergroup members. There are more than 600 Intergroup offices functioning through the world performing AA services.

LifeRing – a secular mutual support group that broke away from another secular mutual support group, SOS, in 1999. LifeRing is abstinence-based.

Nar-Anon – a twelve-step program of recovery for friends and family members of individuals who misuse or are addicted to drugs.

SMART Recovery© – is a secular mutual support group that “has a scientific foundation, not a spiritual one.” SMART Recovery© views addictive behavior as a maladaptive habit, rather than as a disease.

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V.A. Vancouver Adult Primary Treatment

Heartwood Centre for Women
BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre
4500 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1
Phone: (604) 875-2424 ext.2032
Toll-Free: 1(888) 300-3088 ext.2032 (BC only)
Note: the new women’s provincial tertiary residential treatment program. It focuses on women with substance dependence, mental health concerns and primary health care needs. The Heartwood program is part of BC Mental Health & Addiction Services.

New Dawn Recovery House
Chrysalis Society
218-3369 Fraser Street
Vancouver, BC V5V 4C2
Phone: (604) 325-0576
Fax: (604) 325-0563
Note: a program for women. New clients must have 3 days clean time. Self-referrals or counselor referrals are accepted. Methadone and other prescription drugs accepted. Also has New Day Re-integration House for second stage support recovery. New Way Women’s Transitional House is support recovery for women with at least 3 months clean time. Please note that while this is primary treatment, most of programming is provided off-site. Office hours are 9 to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Pacifica Treatment Centre
1755 East 11th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V5N 1Y9
Phone: (604) 872-5517 ext.0
Toll-free: 1(866) 446-0668
Note: a co-ed program for adults 19+. Clients must 72 hours sober. Clients must be referred. Clients on methadone therapy considered on a case-by-case basis.

Salvation Army Harbour Light
119 E. Cordova St.
Vancouver, BC V6A 1K8
Phone: (604) 646-6800
Fax: (604) 646-6840
E-Mail: Please use form on the “contact us” page.
Note: located in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. 62-bed rehab serving adult men. Program is 90 days in length. Also has support recovery program but applicants must first complete residential program at Harbour Light.

Together We Can
2831 Kingsway
Vancouver, BC V5R 5H9
Phone: (604) 451-9854
Toll-Free: 1(888) 940-9854
Fax: (604) 451-8863
Note: for men 19+. Has both a 60 to 90 primary treatment as well as supportive housing post treatment. Accepts clients on methadone. Self-referrals are accepted. Clients must be sober prior to admission. Has a PSTD component for men who have experienced trauma. Together We Can also provides intervention services for an additional fee (call 778-908-6003).

V.B. Vancouver Adult Support Recovery – Secular

Addiction Recovery Program (ARP)
415 West Pender St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 639-8237
Toll-free: 1(866) 658-1221
Note: a gender separate program. 90 day stay. Provides second-stage transitional supported housing. Clients must be stabilized. Eligibility requires clients to have recent residence in a VCHA-funded support recovery facility and/or residential treatment centre for 90 days. Eligible clients receive priority placement within housing sites directly managed by BC Housing, as well as subsidy (flat rate for MEIA clients, or 30% of income). Program lasts 18 months, after which time residents may be able to transfer into tenancy with BC Housing. ARP is a partnership between BC Housing and VCHA. Serves residents of VCHA region.

Belkin House
Salvation Army
555 Homer Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 681-3405
Note: single room accommodations for adult men and women (separate residence). Shared programming. Clients can stay up to 3 months with extensions possible. Self-referrals accepted. Fees apply.

Berman House
Motivation, Power, and Achievement (MPA) Society

1400 Lakewood Drive, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 254-6065
Note: a 6-bed licensed care facility for adult men and women with concurrent mental health/addiction issues. Berman House provides 24-hour supervision. Clients typically stay 6 months to 1 year. Clients can be 19 to 50 years of age. Limited to residents living with the VCHA catchment, however, clients referred through forensics can be referred from anywhere in BC.

Central City Lodge
415 West Pender St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 681-9111
Note: a program for men. 22 beds. Phone hours are 8 to 8 PM Monday to Friday.

Choices Recovery House
6950 Balmoral Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 325-6994
Note: a program for men who have completed treatment or first stage recovery. Since this facility encourages clients to go to school or work it is considered a second-stage recovery house. Self-referrals are accepted. Intake hours are 9 to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

Genesis House
ASK Learning Centre
Phone: (604) 568-8098 (Program Centre)
Phone: (604) 568-8994 (Main Office)
Phone: (604) 710-1306 (After Hours Emergency Cell)
Note: A 5-bed recovery home for women ages 18-29 located in the south end of Vancouver.

Salvation Army
975 West 57th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6P 1S4
Phone: (604) 266-3433 (Intake)
Phone: (604) 266-9696 (Admin.)
Note: operates two programs for women: support Recovery is a first stage program, focusing on the initial recovery process. Priority is given to building the life skills necessary to live drug and alcohol free. Through one to one and group counseling, psychoeducational classes, and life skill teaching women learn a new way to live. The Support Recovery program has capacity for 24 women. The minimum stay in the first stage is 4 months. Homestead’s second stage program focuses on long term stabilization for women who have graduated the first stage.

It’s Up to You Recovery Society
Phone: (604) 254-5392
Note: a program for men with 13 beds. This is a stage 2 support recovery home with an average stay of 3 to 4 months. Men can work or go to school while attending. A second house called Changing Ways in Surrey is available for men in stage 1. Intake hours are 9 to 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Knight Street Serenity House
5769 Knight Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 324-9615
Cell: (604) 782-4423
Note: a home in Vancouver South for those who have finished a treatment program but also for those who find themselves in sudden need of housing due to a variety of circumstances.

PHS Community Services Society
20 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 683-0073 ext. 0 (front desk)
Note: a co-ed program. PHS provides housing for people with addictions or are dually-diagnosed (mental illness and addiction) and living in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. Housing includes the Portland Hotel, Washington Hotel, and the Sunrise Hotel.

Salvation Army Harbour LIght
119 E. Cordova St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 646-6800
Note: a program for men located in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side. 30 beds. Harbour Light has a 90 day Phase I program, a 42 day Phase II program, and a Phase III program with a length that varies depending on need. Clients on methadone must be stabilized for at least 30 days. Program participants, depending on stability, may also be working or attending school.

Stable Way Sober Housing
Phone: (604) 928-4104
Note: Provides sober supportive living for men, who are between residential treatament and home/community.All residents are required to attend a minimum number of weekly 12
Step meetings, such as AA, NA, or CA.

Together We Can
2831 Kingsway, Vancouver
Phone:(604) 451-9854
Note: for men only. Has both a 60 to 90 days in duration where clients cannot work or study and a longer-term stay where clients can integrate back into society (maximum 1 year). Accepts clients on methadone. Self-referrals are accepted. Office hours are 8 to 4 pm Monday to Thursday and 8 am to noon on Fridays. Together We Can also provides intervention services for an additional fee (call 778-908-6003).

Turning Point Recovery
455 West 13th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 875-1710
Note: co-ed three- to four-month support recovery program. Clients may work during last two or three weeks of program Does not accepts clients on methadone. Also has a male-only support recovery program in Richmond.

Youth Support Recovery Program
Phone: (604) 708-2616
Note: sober living for youth up to 21 years. For more information refer to the Youth Residential Treatment section.

V.C. Vancouver Adult Support Recovery – Faith-Based

Partners in Hope Recovery Society

557 East 21st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 215-0335
Note: a program for women. Clients on methadone or conditional discharge from corrections are considered on a case by case basis. 5 beds. Length of stay is minimum of 90 days.

Sancta Maria House
2056 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 731-5550
Note: a Catholic program for women. Residents can work or go to school after an initial period of stabilization. Minimum stay is 3 months with no maximum stay. Fees apply. Intakes are daily from 9 to 9 pm.

Union Gospel Mission
616 East Cordova St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 253-3323
Note: a program for men. 120 days. Services are Christian-based and include a residential recovery program, emergency shelter, soup kitchen, and chapel services for men 19 and older. Open to all faiths. Self referrals are accepted. Intakes are 1 to 3 pm Monday to Thursday.

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V.D. Vancouver Youth Primary Treatment

Pacific Youth and Family Services Society (PEAK House)

2427 Turner St., Vancouver
Phone: (604) 253-3381
Note: Serves youth from all over BC. An additional 2 beds are fee-for-service that may have a shorter wait list. For the 8 publicly-funded beds, only referrals from designated Drug and Alcohol counselors in the community are accepted. Please contact your local counselor if you would like to fill out a referral package to come to Peak House. Drug and Alcohol Counselors can access an online referral package on the website.

V.E. Vancouver Youth Support Recovery (Sober Living)

Alternate Shelter Society
2661 East Hastings, Suite #2, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 879-0244
Note: has been providing effective services to at risk and high risk youth and their families since 1977. Services range from home support to intensive treatment programs. Alternate Shelter Society provides residential and support services to a population of youth variously described as abused, homeless, at risk, street-wise teens, or behavioural disordered. Length of stay can vary from a few days to over a year depending on the needs of the youth. Scheduled fitness is provided off-site. For methadone clients, visits to the local pharmacy are arranged. No fee for this program.

Rights of Passage (ROP)
Covenant House

575 Drake Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 685-7474
Toll-free: 1(877) 685-5437
Note: ROP offers semi-independent, co-ed housing where youth get their own bachelor suites but have a shared kitchen. ROP helps youth transition from an “at risk” street lifestyle to stabilized independent living. Services include an individualized case plan including educational, vocational, and after care support services. Clients must be working or furthering education to be eligible. 24 hour support.

Youth Detox & Supported Recovery Program
PLEA Community Services Society of BC
3894 Commercial Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 708-2616 or Intake (604) 891-1082
Note: 28-day residential placements for youth who need a transitional home in order to continue outpatient treatment at PLEA. Residence is with a specialized PLEA Family Caregiver. Staff will assist youth in accessing treatment services, preparing for independent living, obtaining employment and creating supportive connections. For psychiatric services, youth are referred to a variety of services in the community based on the client’s needs .Referrals to this program are made through an addiction counsellor with VCHA. Intake hours are 8:30 to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.

For additional youth residential services see Vancouver in the Native Residential Services section.

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V.F. Vancouver Native Residential Services

Anderson Lodge Womens Healing Center
Phone: (604) 8741246
Note: a support recovery program. Has 5 beds for homeless women and 5 beds for women from Corrections Canada. An addiction counsellor works with clients 2 days a week.

Young Bears Lodge
Phone: (604) 322-7577
Note: Young Bears has a weight room in the garage. Funded through NNADAP. Native youth only.

Young Wolves Lodge

Phone: (604) 321-1118
Note: an in-house counsellor provides 12-step group 1 day/week. Lodge Supervisor is an in-house addiction counsellor. Group therapy is provided daily 9 am to 12 noon. For aftercare, a youth transition worker meets weekly or bi-weekly with alumni. For fitness, clients go to community centre nearby. For family program, youth worker teaches parenting skills to women who have children in care (3 beds are set aside for women w/ children). Parents of clients come in for support meetings once a month.
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Vancouver is a world leader in introducing innovative approaches to addiction prevention and rehabilitation. Whether it’s safe injection sites, needle exchange programs, or methadone maintenance (Vancouver was the first to introduce methadone back in 1964), Vancouver is a trend-setter. The reason for this is simple: the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. Vancouver struggles with a population of hard-core addicts that are, in many ways, treatment resistant. So, the government has tried a variety of approaches at harm reduction.

Furthermore, Vancouver is famous for marijuana, or “BC bud.” For some Vancouverites, marijuana is a civil liberty issue while for others marijuana is a source of organized crime and property damage due to grow-ops. Whatever your view on marijuana, its effects, and the criminalization for its consumption, Vancouver is a major city for supplying this drug across North America.


Sit Down and Drink Your Beer: Regulating Vancouver’s Beer Parlours, 1925-1954 (2001) chronicles the transformation following the end of Prohibition of Vancouver hotel saloons to closely-regulated beer parlours. Robert A. Campbell.


The Roots of Addiction in Free Market Society (April 2001) suggests that the reason for the long history of addiction in Vancouver is due to its “Terminal City” status of dislocated peoples. Bruce K. Alexander, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, pp. 14-16.

LGBT Communities and Substance Use – What Health Has to Do With It! (February 2003) Is a report on consultations with LGBT communities in Vancouver to develop community capacity and more responsive and effective services. LBGT Association of BC.

Use of crystal methamphetamine and other club drugs among high school students in Vancouver and Victoria (February 2006) shows use of crystal methamphetamine and other club drugs among high school students in Vancouver and Victoria. Thomas M. Lampinen, Doug McGhee, Ian Martin, BC Medial Journal, Volume 48, No. 1.

Vancouver Drug Use Epidemiology (June 2005) highlights the Vancouver CCENDU Report which monitors drug use and its adverse consequences at the community level. Statistics are provided for six key indicators: (1) prevalence; (2) treatment; (3) morbidity; (4) HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C; (5) mortality; and (6) enforcement. Canadian Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (CCENDU).

For more information refer to the Full 2005 Report.


Fix: The Story of an Addicted City (2003) is a story about Dean Wilson, president of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU). Dean is an advocate for street addicts from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, one of Canada’s poorest neighbourhoods, and the site of the highest HIV rate in North America.

Through A Blue Lens (1999) tells the lives of 6 drug addicts living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and is the most successful video ever produced by the National Film Board of Canada. Odd Squad Productions

Hastings Street is a profile of the heart of the Downtown Eastside.

Insite is the Safe Supervised Injection Site in Vancouver.

Vancouver Downtown East Side Blues shows the drug culture of East Vancouver. Brent Foster.

Drug Policy andVancouverRehab

David Berner researched a piece called “Vancouver’s Misguided Drug Policy” (January 2008):

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Drug Addiction as a Management Issue (December 5-9, 2007) is a presentation by Mayor Sam Sullivan. Mayor Sullivan compares his own disability as a quadriplegic to those with drug addictions. International Drug Policy Conference.

Eugene Oscapella & Dr. David Marsh (February 2007) held a press conference in Ottawa. David Marsh is a senior manager with Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Eugene Oscapela is with the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy:

Part 1 – Ethan Nadelmann
Part 2 – Larry Campbell
Part 4 – David Marsh
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

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(From a mother of a former client)

Hello! I have moved into my own place — finally — left Josh on his own, but I’m only 45 minutes away! I think he has done really well and coming up to 1 year on July 18th. He has stayed in touch with several of the “guys” — Shane has been a worry — “up and down” and in and out of “trouble” with drugs. I give Josh a lot of credit for being supportive. I’m so grateful to all of the people at SCHC who helped me getting Josh there and all of the follow up help — Sara is a real “gem”!

Calgary, AB

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