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Outpatient Alcohol & Drug Services – Victoria
For adults with addiction issues contact Adult Addiction Community Treatment Services at the Victoria Clinic located on the 2nd floor of 1250 Quadra Street, phone (250)519 -3544. Services are also available to substance-affected adult family members. Requires an appointment so please call ahead.
For adults with addiction issues there is also Pacific Centre Family Services located at 103-2849 Peatt Road, phone (250) 478-8357. Pacific Centre provides individual therapy only (no group) and requires an appointment so call ahead.
For seniors 55 and older with alcohol or prescription drug issues contact Victoria Innovative Seniors’ Treatment Approach (VISTA) located at 2828 Nanaimo Street, phone (250) 953-3966. These problems may occur along with late-onset mental health problems. VISTA provides outreach services to seniors as well as consultative services, educational workshops and group counselling.
For adults new to recovery there is Recovery Addictions Support (RAS), a flexible day program for clients new to recovery. The program runs seven days per week and offers daily psychoeducational groups and complementary therapies. Access to this service can be made by various professionals, community partners and individual clients by contacting Withdrawal Management Services Intake at (250) 213-4441 or by faxing a referral to 250.213.4445
For people who are struggling in recovery or are looking to embark on the path to recovery there is Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health located at 901 Kings Road, Victoria, BC V8T 1W5, Phone: (250) 380-0595 or E-Mail: email@example.com.In their words: “Our peer support workers, staff and volunteers alike, are uniquely able to help others by listening empathically and sharing invaluable coping strategies. We are not therapists, but the services we offer provide significant therapeutic value.” Watch their video.
Concurrent Mental Health/Addiction Services – Victoria
For youth with mental health or concurrent mental health/addiction issues contact CYMH Victoria. CYMH has the following locations in Victoria:
. Saanich 1 – 201-4478 W. Saanich Road – phone (250) 952-5073
. Victoria 2 – 302 – 2955 Jutland Road – phone (250) 356-1123
. West Shore – 2nd fl. 345 Wale Road – phone (250) 391-2223
(1) Note: also has a program for youth with suicidal ideation or attempted self harm. This program is for any youth in Victoria (no catchment).
(2) Note: also has the South Island Eating Disorders clinic, phone (250) 387-0000.
Glossary of Acronyms for Government Outpatient Services
CYMH – Child and Youth Mental Health Services are provided to youth and
MCFD – Ministry of Children and Family Development
NNADAP – National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program
VCHA – Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
VIHA – Vancouver Island Health Authority
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.
Allison, Marilyn – Ph.D., R.Psych.
104 Joseph St.
Victoria, BC V8S 3H5
Phone: (250) 882-4324
Note: Marilyn helps with issues of abuse, accident trauma, alcoholism, anxiety, ADD &ADHD, Austism, bi-polar, brain injuries, compulsive behaviours, depression, grief, motivation, panic attacks, phobias, and PTSD. Uses EMDR and Neurofeedback as well as talk therapies.
Barwis, Joyce – RCC
Vancouver Island Naturpathic & Integrated Health Clinic
#204 – 4480 W. Saanich Rd.
Victoria, BC V8Z 3E9
Phone: (250) 881-1806
Note: Joyce has been working in the field for over thirty years and is certified in family therapy, addictions work and trauma therapy. Much of Joyce’s career has been working with both youth and adults. In her own words: “Life transitions, current or historical abuse, grief or loss, trauma, addictions, and personnel relationship issues are some of the circumstances that bring people into therapy.”
Bass, Michelle – MSW, RSW, PhD
Origins Counselling Services
#420 – 1105 Pandora Ave.
Victoria, BC V8V 3P9
Phone: (250) 388-7575
Phone: (250) 888-3795
Note: Michelle has specialized training and work experience in emotional health issues and stress related disorders, addictions, trauma and PTSD, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression, chronic illness, neurological illness (head Injury, epilepsy, M.S., brain tumors), grief, loss and adjustment to chronic illness, parenting, family and couples therapy, and group therapy.
Bielay, George – MSc., RMFT, RCC
Victoria Counselling Solutions
1235 Roslyn Road
Victoria, BC V8S 4R6
Phone: (250) 888-0979
E-Mail: Please use form on the “contact” page.
Note: George has worked in the addictions field for over 10 years, having worked in residential treatment centres and outpatient facilities. He is a goal focused, outcome oriented therapist, utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, brief motivational interviewing and the stages of change model. As a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, he has a strong foundation in dealing effectively with marital and family problems. When appropriate, he works with couples to re-establish marital and family relationships and solidify the recovery from addictions.
Boden, Alan – RCC
North Star Counselling Services
201 – 2187 Oak Bay Ave
Victoria, BC V8R 1G4
Phone: (250) 592-7692
Cell (250) 686-9912
Note: Alan has been in the field for 14 years working in many settings including corrections and with clients on methadone. Specializes in anxiety, depression, esteem issues, substance abuse and process addictions, relationship problems, grief and loss, pain management, eating disorders, and sexuality issues. Uses cognitive therapy, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, and EMDR.
Bratt, Will – MA, CCC
Will Bratt Counselling
855 Cormorant St.
Victoria, BC V8W 1R2
Phone: (250) 661-2212
Note: Specializes in trauma and interpersonal violence. Works with clients who have experienced sexual abuse. He uses a collaborative, direct, solution-based approach. Works with adult individuals.
Burton-Krahn, Beth – MA, RCC
Phone: (250) 686-0940
Note: Beth has over 10 years of counselling experience. Beth’s therapy style is bio-psychosocial-spiritual and helps individuals deal with life’s issues including: trauma, abuse, grief, loss, separation, substance abuse, parenting and communicating. Besides her private practice, Beth has a contract with Cedric Centre (outpatient eating disorder treatment) and Victoria Hospice palliative care.
Clarke, Tanya – RCC
Phone: (250) 380-2774
Dewar, Shelley – MA
#224 – 645 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1G2
Phone: (250) 858-7670
Note: Treats individuals, couples, and families including experience working with children and youth. Areas of practice include family and couple conflict, life and family transitions, anxiety, depression, addictions.
Donaldson, Sue – RSW, CEC, BRI Level 1
Pegasus Recovery Solutions
550-2950 Douglas Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 514-1083
Note: offers a broad range of addictions treatment services for individuals, couples, families, and organizations. Services include: addictions intervention; assessment; case management, referral, co-ed and gender specific aftercare groups; 2nd stage workshop series, etc. Sue Donaldson brings 15 years of experience working in the addictions treatment field as a counsellor, Certified Coach and Board Registered Interventionist (level 1).
Douglas-Tubb, Neil – RCC
349 Vancouver Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 385-3181
Note: Neil is a specialist in trauma recovery including Dissociative Identity Disorder and PTSD.
Drinkwater, James – RCC
Russell Drinkwater & Associates
220-990 Fort Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 920-4290
Note: Russell Drinkwater & Associates is an established outpatient clinic specializing in the treatment of addictions.
Dudley, Timothy – RCC
1096A Goldstream Ave., Victoria
Phone: (250) 391-6255
Ellis, Catherine – RN, RCC, IAAP
1190 – A Fort St., Victoria
Phone: (250) 386-5435
Note: Catherine has worked in addictions since 1986 after she obtained her Master’s Degree in Psychology. She provides therapy for adolescents and adults with chemical dependency, depression, sexual abuse issues, trauma, eating disorders and mid life issues. She is a Registered Nurse, clinical counsellor, Jungian analyst and certified sandplay therapist.
Goodman, Anne – MNLP, DH, EFT
Victoria (Fairfield area)
Phone: (250) 385-3553
Note: Anne has had a number of clients who are stabilized and in recovery from substance abuse. In her own words: “My main area of work with people is with childhood trauma and abuse. So, in my focus, rather than zooming into the using of substances I go to the client’s childhood, to unresolved negative emotions and if addictions are involved, we slowly make our way there after clearing up some of the root issues.” Anne works with people of all ages.
Grant-Francis, Dyan – M.Sc., C.Ht.
Phone: (250) 595-7414
Home: Dyan works with Energy Psychology and is certified as a hypnotherapist. Also uses eco-psychology, a nature-based model to assist her clients.
Hague, Candice – M.Ed., RCC
Nirvana Counselling and Consulting
220 – 733 Johnson St.
Phone: (250) 889-0833
Note: Candice has over 10 years experience in the counselling field and specializes in addiction disorders and eating disorders. Candice’s work experience includes residential, outpatient and private practice settings. Candice also provides seminars and workshops on various health topics on Vancouver Island. Candice’s other areas of expertise include stress management, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, OCD, adolescent issues and conflict resolution.
Hansen, Peggy – MA
120 Linden Avenue, Victoria
Phone: (250) 360-0637
Note: The main approaches Peggy has used in her 20 years of counselling experience includes emotionally-focused body centered psychotherapy, EMDR for trauma, and emotionally focused and systemic therapy for couples. Peggy provides assistance in dealing with anxiety, stress, trauma, childhood abuse, relationship issues, addictions, life transitions, and loss.
Kragtwyk, Jim – ICADC, M.Ed., CCC
#3-1821 Cook Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 381-0266
Note: Jim specializes in substance misuse, addiction, vicarious trauma, and PTSD. Jim has completed a 3-year addiction specialty program and has recently begun specializing in movement and dance therapy.
Lansdowne, Carol – M.Sc., CCC
Victoria (View Royal area)
Phone: (250) 744-1966
Note: Carol has been in private practice since 1994. Carol interned at St. Mary’s Hospital in Minnesota and completed her master’s degree in Wisconsin, with a specialty in alcohol and other drugs. Carol also specializes in grief and loss, as well as anxiety, depression, trauma and stress reduction. Carol works with both individuals (adults and adolescents), couples and families. Carol uses CBT, SFBT, EMDR, Gestalt, EFT, systemic as well as others. Please contact Carol for her address.
Layzell, Doug – M.Div., M.A., R.P.C., C.Ht.
47065 – 772 Goldstream Ave.
Victoria, BC V9B 5T2
Phone: (250) 474-4890
Note: in private practice for over 20 years. Has had specialized training to deal with issues of grief and trauma, sexual dysfunction, addictions and spirituality.
Lynch, Desmond – RCC
1658 Ash Road, Victoria
Phone: (250) 477-1115
MacInnes, Leah – RMFT, RSW, RCC
221 – 560 Johnston Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 686-6207
Note: Leah has specialized training in couple and family therapy as well as extensive experience (over 20 years) in addictions working with adolescents and adults. Leah uses MI, Narrative and Family Systems approaches. Leah does see individuals but prefers to work with couples and families. Leah has expertise in other issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, grief, loss, recovery from childhood trauma and personal growth.
Macintyre, Byron – RCC
B Macintyre & Associates
300 – 1095 McKenzie Avenue, Victoria
Phone: (250) 858-7817
Mais, Alice Houston – MSW
Victoria CBT Counselling
Phone: (250) 507-3085
Note: offers psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, substance abuse and dependence, weight control and for compassion fatigue and burnout. Certified member of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.
Markham, E. Inga – RMFT, RCC
Origins Counselling Services
#420 – 1105 Pandora Ave.
Victoria, BC V8V 3P9
Phone: (250) 686-7751
Note: expertise in Couple Therapy, Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Other Addictions, Childhood trauma/neglect, Self-harming behaviors and PTSD.
Marrion, Leslie – Ph.D., R.Psych.
3028 McAnally Road, Victoria
Phone: (250) 477-8326
Note: Leslie works primarily with First Nations.
Maybee, Alan – RCC
245 – 800 Kelly Road, Victoria
Phone: (250) 818-3977
Note: Alan primarily treats adults. In his own words: “My preferred therapeutic approaches are CBT, mindfulness, and somatic experiencing.” Alan has 4 years experience working in the field of addictions.
McCormick, Kathryn – RCC
Loc. #1 – Hillside & Cook, Victoria
Loc. #2 – Cook & Yates, Victoria
Phone: (250) 686-6139
Note: Since 1990, Kathryn has been in general practice treating childhood trauma/sexual abuse, addictions, relationship/family violence, and chronic mental health (depression, anxiety). Kathryn’s addictions experience includes relapse prevention groups, co-dependency groups, and 10 years of individual counselling (including methadone users and criminal offenders). If appropriate, Kathryn uses the 16 Step model. Kathryn is fluent in English and French.
McDonald, Daphne – M.A., RCC #1204
Daphne McDonald Counselling & Coaching
48812 Wesley Road, Victoria
Phone: (250) 658-3183
Note: Daphne has 20 years in mental health, including addictions, grief /loss, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Daphne utilizes EMDR in her approach to treating trauma. Daphne works with adults on an individual and couples basis. Daphne believes that change is a joint process between therapist and client.
McGee, Traci – MA, ABS, RCC
1516 Winchester Road
Victoria, BC V8N 2B5
Phone: (250) 885-6760
Note: expertise in depression and anxiety, parenting challenges, trauma and abuse, family of origin issues, addictions (including substance and money), stage of life difficulties, gender and power dynamics in relationships, sex issues, sexual orientation, and relationship / growth challenges.
McLeod, Lee – RCC
Lee McLeod Counselling Services
207 – 2526 Government Street, Victoria (cor. of Bay)
Phone: (250) 888-6825
Note: Lee’s area of expertise includes addiction, depression and anxiety, suicidal thoughts, relationship difficulties, and workplace/education issues. Lee’s addiction experience includes teaching addictions at an Alberta college; working with VIHA in Port Hardy and the now-defunct Victoria Life Enrichment Society (VLES) treatment centre. Lee encourages and recommends a sponsor and working the 12 steps whenever the client is open to it.
Morand, Michelle – MA, RCC
The Cedric Centre
307 – 1005 Broad Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 383-0797
Note: Michelle specializes in eating disorders, drug and alcohol addiction, anxiety, depression, procrastination, and over-exercise. Michelle has worked since 1993 in the field of disordered eating and related concerns while creating specialized programs for all areas addressed at The CEDRIC Centre.
Pacini, Darrell – M.Ed., RCC
Phone: (250) 812-2800
Note: Darrell has been working with clients and specializing on addictions issues for 23 years and uses a variety of clinical techniques that include cognitive restructuring, CBT, and Somatic Experiencing. Darrell works from a holistic perspective and believes that addiction is a complex emotional, spiritual and neuro-biological process (Daniel Amen, MD). Darrell primarily treats adults, but has a number of young adult clients. Please call Darrell for his address.
Parten, Lynne – RN, MSN (Psychiatry), Art Therapy (Cert.), RCC
Parten Counselling & Art Therapy
#214 – 2187 Oak Bay Avenue
Phone: (250) 415-6354
Note: Lynne has had a private practice since 1990 with past work experience that includes 5 years at Eric Martin Pavilion, 2 years at Mental Health and 2 years at an eating disorders clinic. Lynne’s counselling practice consists of loss/bereavement; critical incident stress; support of professionals/military; chronic illness; life transitions; abuse; anxiety/depression; eating disorders/body image & addictions. Lynne is now training in restorative justice.
Russell, Bonnie – M.Ed., MA, RCC
Russell Drinkwater & Associates
220 – 990 Fort Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 920-4290
Note: Russell Drinkwater & Associates is an established outpatient clinic specializing in the treatment of addictions. Bonnie’s primary treatment modality is CBT. In her work with Russell Drinkwater, Bonnie provides intervention services for families but focuses primarily on addiction counselling.
Schwartzenberger, Joan – M.Ed., RCC
221 – 560 Johnson Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 294-0489
Note: Joan has been in private practice since 1990 and has worked in mental health and addictions for the past 20 years. She has additional experience in trauma. Joan uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and stress reduction techniques such as mindfulness as part of her approach. She works from a holistic perspective to create safety and awareness and to assist clients in building their own skills. She works primarily with adults and also sees youth and children.
Shepherd, Robert H. – Ph.D., R.Psych.
201 – 2186 Oak Bay Avenue, Victoria
Phone: (250) 370-242
Shewan, Margaret – CHt, MA
Victoria (close to Swan Lake – Saanich)
Phone: (250) 475-6790
Note: Margaret has been in private practice since 2006 and focuses on hypnotherapy with behavioural modification including individuals with addictions (including smoking cessation) and phobias.
Sloat, Sharolyn – R.Psych. (Limited Register) #01666
919 Fort St., Suite 203
Victoria, BC V8V 3K3
Phone: (250) 884-9041
Note: works with individuals & couples seeking resolution for everyday problems and concerns. Sharolyn specializes in depression, anxiety, anger management, addiction (including one-on-one rehab), life/career transitions, energy/motivation issues, and relationship counselling. Skype sessions also available. Sharolyn also works at Wellspring Counselling.
Smith, Caron – MSW, RSW
110 – 1175 Cook Street
Victoria, BC V8V 4A1
Phone: (250) 885-1610
Smith, Jeff – MTA
Victoria Conservatory of Music
Phone: (250) 386-5311 ext. 233
Note: Jeff is a music therapist but also has expertise in narrative therapy.
Stein, Barry – Ph.D.
965 Humboldt Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 388-0951 or (250) 246-8687
Note: Barry has worked in a variety of settings and has a preference for SFBT. Barry contracts with EAP Wilson Banwell and has worked with clients struggling with substance abuse. Barry believes mutual support groups are a valuable component to any addiction recovery plan.
Stoltz, Jo-Anne – Ph.D., CCC
Psychology for Peace
1103 Oscar Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 882-9660
Note: Jo-Anne’s work focuses on stress, depression, couples, conflict, parent/adolescent relationships and addictions (mostly alcoholism and pot). Jo-Anne’s therapeutic style draws from a range of schools including narrative, CBT, and Gestalt. Jo-Anne has a sliding fee scale and works nights and weekends.
Anahatma Moon Yoga
Phone: (250) 360-6561
Note: Taryn is a certified yoga & pilates teacher and has a drop-in “Yoga for Recovery” class in downton Victoria on Sunday mornings. The class is a gentle Hatha style and is open to all levels.
Taylor, Jennifer – MA RCC
320-645 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8W 1G2
Phone: (250) 516-4743
Note: Jennifer has 20 years experiencee in addictions. She holds a Master’s degree and is certified with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Taylor, Julie E. – RPC
Rebuilding You Victoria
695 Alpha St.
Victoria, BC V8Z 1B5
Phone: (250) 472-2224
Thornton, Leonard – Ph.D.
EFT and More Live
Phone: (250) 598-4303
Note: Leonard has worked the past 30 years with different forms of healing, teaching courses and workshops, and doing mostly intuitive spiritual counseling and healing. In his own words: “For the past 9 years I have worked more with EFT, using my intuitive abilities, along with energy healing techniques, depending on what is required as I have found it is very powerful and effective for clearing virtually everything.” Leonard works mainly with adults. Please call for address.
1080 Meares St.
Victoria, BC V8V 3K5
Note: Michael is a sober coach that specializes in pre and post-treatment support. He works with youth, adults, and seniors to help the individual get into a recovery program and maintain motivation for recovery for post-treatment. He works with individuals, couples, and families. His treatment plans are customized for the person or family unit and uses a mix biopsychosocial, CBT, motivational interviewing and Internal Family Systems models. He also works as an interventionist.
Weis, Deborah Y. – RCC
#203 – 840 Humboldt St., Victoria
Phone: (250) 380-2446
Glossary of Common Acronyms in Psychotherapy (Degrees, Certifications, Agencies, Disorders, etc.)
ACOA – Adult 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)
DBT – Dialectical 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
EFT – Emotion Focused Therapy
EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique
EFT-ADV – Certified Emotional Freedom Technique certified by the Gary Craig Foundation
EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
FIPA – Fellow 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
MCFD – Ministry 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
MI – Motivational Interviewing
MNLP – Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming
MOH – BC 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
NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming
OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
PACS – Peace 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)
SFBT – Solution Focused Brief Therapy
SRT – Self Regulation Therapy certified by Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education
TAT – Tapas Acupressure Technique
TFT – Thought Field Therapy
TIR – Traumatic Incident Reduction
Medical services in this directory treat the physical aspects alcohol and drug misuse or addiction. Programs can include primary care, withdrawal management (detox), addiction medicine, medical monitoring and harm reduction programs such as methadone maintenance.
Referral Lines for Medical Services – Victoria
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.
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.
Withdrawal Management Services (Detox) – Victoria
Adult Detox – Victoria
Victoria Medical Society
Eric Martin Pavillion
5A-2334 Trent St.
Victoria, BC V8R 4Z3
Phone: (250) 519-7708 (Main)
Phone: (250) 213-4441 (Intake)
Note: provides 21 co-ed medical detox beds. Clients need to go to 1125 Pembroke St (VWMS) for an assessment and then referral into the beds at this program or beds at the Pembroke location.
Victoria Withdrawal Management Services (VWMS)
The Sobering and Assessment Centre
1125 Pembroke Street
Victoria, BC V8T 1J3
Phone: (250) 213-4441
Fax: (250) 213-4445
Website: Victoria Withdrawal Management Services
Note: For adults who require detox. VWMS provides the following services: (1) Sobering and Assessment Centre provides 20 co-ed beds for shelter and assessment for inebriated clients for less than 24 hours. Clients can walk in for service if appearing at this address. Otherwise, individuals will require a police or hospital referral. (2) Victoria Detox provides short term (approximately 7 days) detoxification for acute medical withdrawal. This service requires a physician referral faxed to (250) 213-4445. (3) Pembroke Place Stabilization Unit is a 17 bed medical detox service. Clients need to go to 1125 Pembroke st. for a referral to this program.
For adults requiring shelter and assessment there is the Sobering and Assessment Centre, a 20 bed facility. This service is for inebriated clients and is only provided for less than 24 hours. Access to this service is through any of the following methods: police referral, hospital referral and client walk-in to 1125 Pembroke Street.
Youth Detox – Victoria
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria
Youth Withdrawal Management Care Homes
1240 Yates St.
Victoria, BC V8V 3N3
Phone: (250) 384-9133 ext. 216
Website: Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria – Withdrawal Support
(ask for Care Home Programs and Dalyce Dixon)
Note: offers a non-medical detox in a home setting for youth 13 to 19 years of age that have addiction or concurrent mental health/addiction issues. The Youth Withdrawal Management Program is divided into two tiers. Tier I acute detox is 7 -10 days of 24 hour supervised care. Tier 2 detox provides youth with an opportunity to stay an additional 20 days in the care home depending on the youth’s recovery needs and transition plans. Youth in the Withdrawal Management Program are assigned a Youth and Family Support Worker. Referrals to the Youth Withdrawal Management Program are made to the Detox Intake Worker.
Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (VYES)
Specialized Youth Detox
533 Yates St.
Victoria, BC V8W 1K8
Phone: (250) 383-3514
Website: Specialized Youth Detox
Note: 5 bed non-medical detox for youth (13-18) who require detox for up to 10 days. VYES also provides an emergency youth shelter (up to 19 years of age), a mental health care worker, an outreach team for street youth, and a life skills program (vocational training) for individuals up to age 24.
Methadone Maintenance Therapy – Victoria
Outreach Services Clinic
2004 Fernwood Road, Victoria
Phone: (250) 480-1232
Note: A private clinic. No appointment is necessary. Also offers suboxone therapy. Fee is $50 per month. Hours are Tuesdays 1:00 to 8:00 pm (open noon hour), Wednesdays and Thursdays 9:00 to 5:00 pm (closed noon hour) and Fridays 9:00 to 2:00 pm (closed 12 noon to 12:30 pm).
922 Pandora Avenue, Victoria
Phone: (250) 294-6714
Note: A private clinic. No fee. Hours are Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 5:00 pm (closed noon hour).
Treatment Services for HIV/AIDS & Other Communicable Diseases – Victoria
Cool Aid Community Health Centre
456 Swift Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 385-1466
Note: a medical clinic that provides services for the homeless that are affected by addiction, dental problems, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, etc. Makes referrals to detox and methadone maintenance (see above). Cool Aid is a walk-in service so no appointment is necessary. Hours vary on a daily basis so call ahead.
Primary Care Mental Health & Addiction Services – Victoria
Cool Aid Community Health Centre is also a primary care clinic for individuals with mental health and addiction issues. See contact information in the Victoria Treatment Services for HIV/AIDS & Other Communicable Diseases section listed above.
Medical Monitoring Services – Victoria
Phone: (250) 514-1083
201 – 3939 Quadra Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 881-1186
Toll-free: 1(800) 270-8048
Glossary of Acronyms for Medical Services
ASAM – American Society of Addiction Medicine
CCFP – Certificant of the College of Family Physicians as certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada
CPSBC – College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
CSAM – Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine
FASAM – Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine
Acronyms and Definitions
AA – Alcoholics Anonymous (main site is www.aa.org)
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).
CA – Cocaine Anonymous (main site is www.ca.org)
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.
Victoria– LifeRing Secular Recovery
LifeRing alcohol and drug support groups provide access for women and men to community-based mutual self-help support groups for those who self-identify with problematic substance use.
We support people in all stages of recovery and emphasize personal responsibility; individualized recovery plans; self-empowerment; peer-support and we adhere to principles and practices founded on evolving research. In addition, LifeRing builds relationships with healthcare professionals, educators and community partners.Trained facilitators personally impacted by addiction and recovery voluntarily run LifeRing groups.
NA – Narcotics Anonymous (main site is www.na.org)
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© Canada views addictive behavior as a maladaptive habit, rather than as a disease.
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
Narcotics Anonymous –BC Region
Phone: (604) 873-1018
Narcotics Anonymous –Canadian Assembly
Narcotics Anonymous – Chinook Area
Phone: (403) 569-3427
Note: covers NA meetings for Cranbrook, Fernie, and Kimberley.
Vancouver (604) 714-3480
Victoria Mutual Support Meetings and Related Social Clubs
Beacon Hill –AA Victoria Intergroup has a list of AA meetings for Victoria districts including Beacon Hill.
Brentwood Bay (Central Saanich) – AA Victoria Intergroup has a list of AA meetings for Sidney, Saanich Peninsula, Central Saanich, and Brentwood Bay. Phone (250) 383-7744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cadboro Bay – Victoria AA Intergroup has a list of AA meetings for Cadboro Bay and other districts of Victoria.
Central Saanich – Victoria AA Intergroup has a list of AA meetings for Sidney, Saanich Peninsula, Central Saanich, and Brentwood Bay.
Chemainus (North Cowichan) – Alcoholics Anonymous District 8 has a list of AA meetings for Chemainus. For general meeting information in District 8 call toll-free 1(866) 233-5255.
Cobble Hill – Alcoholics Anonymous District 8 has a list of AA meetings for Cobble Hill. For general meeting information in District 8 call toll-free 1(866) 233-5255.
Colwood – Greater Victoria Intergroup has AA meeting information for the communities of Esquimalt, Langford, Metchosin, Sooke, View Royal. For general AA meeting information call (250) 383-0415. South Vancouver Island Area has a list of NA meetings for Colwood and other parts of Victoria. Narcotics Anonymous has a Victoria help line, phone (250) 383-3553.
Cortes Island – District 3 has a list of AA meetings in Cortes Island. The local AA contact can be reached at phone (250) 935-6536. The District 3 answering service is (250) 287-4313.
Cowichan Bay – District 8 has a list of AA meetings for the communities of Chemainus, Cobble Hill, Crofton, Duncan, and Lake Cowichan. For general meeting information call toll-free 1-866-233-5255.
Crofton (North Cowichan) – Alcoholics Anonymous District 8 has a list of AA meetings for Crofton. For general meeting information in District 8 call toll-free 1(866) 233-5255.
Cumberland – District 4 has a list of AA meetings in Cumberland. For general meeting information in District 4, call (250) 338-8042.
Denman Island – District 4 has a list of AA meetings in Denman Island. The local contact for AA Denman Island can be reached at phone (250) 335-1738. For general meeting information in District 4, call (250) 338-8042.
Duncan – Alcoholics Anonymous District 8 has a list of AA meetings for Duncan. For general meeting information in District 8 call toll-free 1(866) 233-5255. There is the Duncan Alano Club at 201-107 Evans, phone (250) 748-0724. South Vancouver Island Area has a list of NA meetings for Duncan and parts of Victoria. Narcotics Anonymous has a Victoria help line, phone (250) 383-3553.
Esquimalt – Greater Victoria Intergroup has AA meeting info for the communities of Esquimalt and other parts of Victoria. For general meeting info in District 12 call (250) 383-0415.
Galiano Island – District 9 has a list of AA meetings for Galiano Island. The local AA meeting contact can be reached at phone (250) 383-7744.
Ganges (Salt Spring Island) – District 9 has a list of AA meetings for Salt Spring Island. South Vancouver Island Area has a list of NA meetings for Colwood, Duncan, Ganges, James Bay, Lake Cowichan, Langford, Oak Bay, Sidney, Sooke, and Victoria. Narcotics Anonymous has a Victoria help line, phone (250) 383-3553.
Hornby Island – District 4 has a list of AA meetings in Hornby Island. The local contact for AA Hornby Island can be reached at phone (250) 335-2243 (Joe) or (250) 335-1887 (Garth).
Ladysmith – District 5 and District 7 have lists of AA meetings for Ladysmith. For general AA meeting information for District 7 call (250) 753-7513 or visit the Nanaimo AA District Website . Central Vancouver Island Area has a list of NA meetings for Ladysmith. The NA helpline for this area is toll-free 1(888) 265-7333.
Lake Cowichan – Alcoholics Anonymous District 8 has a list of AA meetings for Lake Cowichan. For general meeting information in District 8 call toll-free 1(866) 233-5255. South Vancouver Island Area has a list of NA meetings for Lake Cowichan. Narcotics Anonymous has a Victoria help line, phone (250) 383-3553.
Langford – Greater Victoria Intergroup has AA meeting information for Langford. For general AA meeting information call (250) 383-0415. South Vancouver Island Area has a list of NA meetings for Langford and other parts of Victoria. Narcotics Anonymous has a Victoria help line, phone (250) 383-3553. There is a LifeRing meeting at 2849 Peatt Road in Langford Wednesday nights at 7 PM, phone Clyde Fries at (250) 384-8092.
Malahat – Greater Victoria Intergroup has AA meeting information for the communities of Esquimalt, Langford, Metchosin, Sooke, View Royal. For general meeting information call (250) 383-0415.
Maple Bay (North Cowichan) – District 8 has a list of AA meetings for the communities of Chemainus, Cobble Hill, Crofton, Duncan, and Lake Cowichan. For general meeting information call toll-free 1-866-233-5255.
Mayne Island – District 9 has a list of AA meetings for Mayne Island. The local AA meeting contact can be reached at phone (250) 383-7744.
Metchosin – Greater Victoria Intergroup has AA meeting information for Metchosin. For general meeting information call (250) 383-0415.
Mill Bay – District 8 has a list of AA meetings for the communities of Chemainus, Cobble Hill, Crofton, Duncan, and Lake Cowichan. For general meeting information call toll-free 1-866-233-5255.
Victoria – Greater Victoria Intergroup has AA meeting information for Central Victoria and James Bay. The local contact for AA in Victoria can be reached at phone (250) 383-7744
The Victoria AA Intergroup office is located at 8-2020 Douglas Street, phone (250) 383-7744.
Cocaine Anonymous BC has a list of CA meetings for Victoria, phone (604) 662-8500 or toll-free 1(866) 662-8300.
South Vancouver Island Area has a list of NA meetings for Colwood, Duncan, Ganges, James Bay, Lake Cowichan, Langford, Oak Bay, Sidney, Sooke, and Victoria. Narcotics Anonymous has a Victoria help line, phone (250) 383-3553.
LifeRing in Victoria has multiple locations across the city. For more information, phone LifeRing Canada at (250) 920-2095.
Al-Anon/Alateen has an office in Victoria that provides information on meetings on Vancouver Island, phone (250) 383-4020.
Nar-Anon has meetings Mondays, 7-8: 30 p.m. at 5500 Hamsterly Rd., Thursdays, 7-8: 30 p.m. at Saanich Neighbourhood Place, Pearkes Arena. Phone (250) 704-2801.
Victoria has an Alano Club at 1402 Broad St., phone (250) 383-9151 or (250) 383-7803.
View Royal – Greater Victoria Intergroup has AA meeting information for the communities of Esquimalt, Langford, Metchosin, Sooke, View Royal. For general meeting information call (250) 383-7744.
Adult Primary Treatment – Victoria
For adults seeking short term primary treatment (7 to 30 days) there is the Pembroke Place Stabilization Unit (17 beds). Access to this service can be made by various professionals, community partners and individual clients by contacting Withdrawal Management Services Intake at (250) 213-4441 or by faxing a referral to 250.213.4445.
Adult Secular Support Recovery – Victoria
973 Caledonia Ave.
Victoria, BC V8T 1E7
Phone: (250) 382-0283
Note: a program for men. 7 beds. Please note that lunch is open to the public and usually 15 to 20 attend.
512 Cecelia Rd.
Victoria, BC V8T 4T7
Phone: (250) 480-1342
Fax: (250) 590-8786
Note: A fee-for-service program for men 19+. Clients stay 90 days to one year. Three houses (Stage I – 13 beds, Stage II – 5 beds, Stage III – 10 beds). Stage I clients must find sponsor and attend 12 step meetings on a regular basis. Clients must be 30 days sober and recently have completed 30 days in a primary treatment program.
Note: A ten-bed house for men. Men can stay up to 3 months and staff are available 16 hours per day. Access to this service requires a referral from an addictions counsellor done through Victoria Clinic at (250) 519-3544 or faxed to (250) 381-3222.
Note: A five-bed house for women. Length of stay is up to three months. Access to this service requires a referral from an addictions counsellor though Victoria Clinic at (250) 519-3544 or faxed to (250) 381-3222.
Note: A five-bed house for women. Length of stay is up to three months. Access to this service requires a referral from an addictions counsellor though Victoria Clinic at (250) 519-3544 or faxed to (250) 381-3222.
Beacon of Hope House
512 Catherine Street, Victoria
Phone: (250) 381-9474
Note: a support recovery home for male youth. Clients can stay anywhere from 30 days to 1 year depending on needs. Youth with crystal meth issues will have placement priority. Services are provided on a full continuum of care basis, incorporating a bio-psycho-social-spiritual therapeutic approach and 12 Step philosophy. Aftercare includes advocacy, referral, and family support. Graduates of the program have the opportunity to become peer mentors to incoming youth and are provided with long term, ongoing support. For fitness, scheduled activities are provided daily. This transition housing is funded by BC through the Provincial Homelessness Initiative and the Premier’s Task Force on Homelessness, Mental Illness and Addictions; VIHA; and The Salvation Army. Hours are 10 am to 7 pm but intakes are any time. Self referrals are accepted.
Youth Supportive Recovery Care Home Program
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria
1240 Yates St., Victoria
Phone: (250) 384-9133 or (250) 480-3050
Note: For youth with addictions or concurrent mental health/addictions. This program offers a safe, supportive home for youth and a Youth Support Worker to provide support for both the care home and the youth. Female or male youth are placed in one of four different homes on an individual basis. For detox, one home is designated for social detox. Referrals are made to the Care Home Program’s Intake Coordinator by the individual’s alcohol and drug counsellor. Please note that the referring alcohol and drug counsellor is expected to remain active in the youth’s case management and provide ongoing drug and alcohol counselling.
II. ONLINE RESOURCES
Saanich Police has Staight Talk on Street Drugs which provides useful information on the drug scene in the Victoria area.
Homeless survey means working in freaked-out world of despair (February 2007) discusses life for addicts in downtown Victoria. Louise Dickson, Victoria Times Colonist.