Finding Addiction Services

Telephone Information and Referrals

ACCESS CENTRAL – Detox Referral Line
Easy Access to Detox in British Columbia for B.C. callers: 1-866-658-1221 toll-free

The access line is promoted as “D’TALKS” to youth 12-21 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region by calling 604-658-1221.
“Calling the D’TALKS” phone line connects youth to an access worker who interviews, assesses and places them into the most appropriate withdrawal management service, or puts them on a waitlist if the service isn’t immediately available.”
Home Detox information is available though your local community health centre.

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)

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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
Residential treatment, addiction

Sunshine Coast Addiction Resources
Vancouver locations, very thorough list of all types of addiction related services in Vancouver, with an explanation for each

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