Skip to main content

Youth addiction

Addiction services

Our free youth addiction services are designed to meet the needs of youth struggling with substance misuse or addiction to drugs or alcohol. They include prevention, counselling, detox and treatment services. Find youth addiction services in our directory.

Prevention

The goal of our prevention and education services is to prevent, reduce, delay and minimize harms related to drug and alcohol use by youth.
  • We provide services to both youth and their families and caregivers including:
  • Activities that help promote a sense of connection and belonging for youth at school, home and in the community.
  • Workshops and supportive education sessions
  • Referrals to community services

Counselling 

Our confidential youth addiction counselling services help youth and their families deal with addiction to drugs and alcohol by providing access to treatment, community services and follow-up care. We help with goal setting related to problematic substance use and give referrals to detox or treatment services
Some of our counsellors specialize in working with Aboriginal youth and street youth, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and/or two-spirited youth. Individual, group and family counselling sessions are available.

Detox 

We provide community-based alcohol and drug detoxification services for youth in safe and supportive home environments. Services are provided in a comfortable and quiet residential setting and supported by trained staff. The average length of stay is approximately 5-7 days.

Treatment

These services are for youth who require more intensive support, treatment and recovery services because they cannot reach their treatment goals at home or in the community. The average length of stay varies depending on the program.

Affiliated youth addiction services

SOURCE: Youth addiction ( )
Page printed:

Copyright © Vancouver Coastal Health. All Rights Reserved.