Finding Addiction Services

Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service
The British Columbia Alcohol and Drug Information & Referral Service is available for people across the province needing help locating alcohol and drug rehab programs. This service is staffed 24 hours a day.
Phone: (604) 660-9382 (Lower Mainland)
Toll-free: (800) 663-1441 (from anywhere in BC)

Canada Drug Rehab
Alcohol and drug programs BC

Crisis Help Lines

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Peer Support by Gays and Lesbians
Qmunnity – BC’s Queer Resource Centre. Prideline, information, referral and peer support.
1170 Bute Street, Vancouver
In Vancouver call 604-684-5307

Red Book Online
A web resource run by bc211 , a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC. Our help line services include 211, the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS), the Problem Gambling Help Line, VictimLink BC, and the Youth Against Violence Line. Clink here to search for resources by postal code or community.

Sunshine Coast Addiction Resources
The website for this private treatment facility provides useful information on many addictions services in Vancouver, with an explanation for each. See this link:

Youth Crisis Live 24-Hour Chat
The suicide prevention and crisis centres in B.C. provide this online service along with its staffed telephone lines.
Greater Vancouver • 604-872-3311
Howe Sound & Sunshine Coast • 1-866-661-3311
TTY • 1-866-872-0113
Online Service for Youth •
Online Service for Adults •
The Seniors’ Distress Line • 604-872-1234

Investigating treatment options

Even if an affordable bed is available at only one treatment centre, you will want to interview its staff. Does the program line up with your values? Does the facility meets a good standard? FGTA suggests 31 questions that probe for these things.

Our checklist is a kind of interactive format with a column devoted to the 31 questions. In advance of your interviews, you use another column to record how you would like to hear the questions answered. Make a copy of these pages for each treatment centre you are considering. After talking to a treatment centre spokesperson, you can then check off the satisfactory answers. The number of checks is their score. Different treatment centres then become easy to compare.

Treatment Program Checklist