We provide a range of services that can help those struggling with substance use or addiction, including detox, counselling and medication.
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is one of the most challenging forms of substance use disorder currently facing the health care system in British Columbia. Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) is evidence-based treatment that decreases cravings and withdrawal symptoms, reduces illicit opioid use, prevents people from having fatal overdoses and helps them regain their health. Prescribing medication under medical supervision ensures safety of patients and the community, and provides an opportunity for comprehensive health care.
OAT is provided in oral and injectable forms. Oral options include buprenorphine (Suboxone) and methadone. Buprenorphine is taken in pill form. Methadone is taken in liquid form.
Information for Patients about Methadone
Information for Patients about Buprenorphone/Naloxone/Suboxone
Injectable OAT (iOAT) is prescribed to people who have tried oral OAT but found it to be ineffective. Ongoing iOAT therapy requires daily supervised injections with hydromorphone (Dilaudid) or diacetylmorphine (heroin).
Withdrawal Management (Detox)
Withdrawal management (detox/daytox) provides a safe, supportive environment for individuals who are experiencing acute withdrawal from substances in an inpatient (detox) outpatient (daytox) or home based (START) settings. We offer referrals to follow-up treatment.
Our methadone maintenance programs provide access to methadone treatment programs for adults with opiate addiction. Programs offer clinical assessment, counselling, specialized treatment planning, aftercare and follow-up. They employ a diverse range of interventions to address medical, psychological, social and emotional concerns.
Our community substance use services provide adults with access to individual, couple and family/group substance use counselling and assess client needs and recommend appropriate treatment regarding substance misuse. They work with the substance use team to monitor client needs and progress and help develop an appropriate individual care plan.
Sheway provides health and social service support to pregnant women and women with infants under 18 months who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues. The focus of the program is to help women have healthy pregnancies and positive early parenting experiences. Our teams address prenatal health, nutrition, alcohol and drug dependencies, women's health, parental support, and infant development. Intakes occur during drop-in hours. No referral is necessary.
Services may have restrictions related to age or residency.
These services are free-of-charge.Access mental health and substance use services
For information and referral to services available near you, call the Access Central-Detox Referral Line at 1 (866) 658-1221. Or read more about services below: