Affordable treatment centres in BC do exist. Whether you are looking for detox, inpatient, outpatient or addiction counselling, you are sure to find something within your price range. However, looking for a private residential rehab or any addiction services in BC can become challenging for many different reasons.
Many people don’t know where to start. Don’t worry; you’re not alone if this is your case. So, where do you start, and how do you choose? You will find information on this page to help in the matter. Our aim with this page is to guide you to the right facility for the person you want to help.
If you are looking for public access treatment centres in BC, here are a few to choose from:
North Wind Healing Centre — 5524 Graham Road, Farmington, BC
The North Wind Wellness Centre offers a 45-day, culturally based, residential treatment program for men and women aged 19 and up. More on this centre here or call 1-888-698-4333.
Round Lake Treatment Centre — 200 Emery Louis Road, Armstrong, BC
The facility is located on the edge of Round Lake in the Okanagan Valley. It can accommodate up to 36 people and is a six- to seven-week rehabilitation program. More on their program here or call 1-888-554-9944.
Wagner Hills Farm Society — 8061 264th Street, Langley, BC
Wagner Hills accepts applications from men and women 19 years and older. Each quarter has a different focus. Residents set goals and experience growth throughout the year. More on it here or call (604) 856-9432.
L I F E (Living In Freedom Everyday) Recovery Association — 2693 Braeside Street, Abbotsford, BC
Life Recovery is a Christian registered charity that provides an abstinence-based and faith-based residential program to support women. More on their program here or call (604) 855-4440.
Last Door — New Westminster, BC
They have a 10-day intro program to 45 and 90-day workplace wellness programs to long-term 18-month programs for adults.
They help youth ages 13 to 18 years and 19 to 25 years of age. It is a long-term inpatient addiction treatment using a Social Model. More about these programs here or call (604) 525-9771 for the adult program or (604) 520-3587 for the youth program.
Adult & Teen Challenge of British Columbia — Lake Country, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, BC
They offer a 12-month faith-based residential program, with an 18-month additional Successful Living component after graduation. They have two residences for men and one for women. More on the treatment here or call their respective phone number.
Laichwiltach Family Life Society — 441 – 4th Avenue, Campbell River, BC
It is an outpatient treatment program for Aboriginal youth and adults struggling with addiction to alcohol or drugs. More on their services here or call (250) 286-3430.
Turning Point Recovery Program — 7000 Minoru Blvd, Richmond, BC
It is an abstinence-based recovery model with principles based on the 12 steps. The program length is 90 – 120 days. More information here or call (604) 303-6844 men’s program or (604)284-5354 for women.
Charlford House Society for Women — Burnaby, BC
Charlford House is a non-profit treatment residence for women aged 19 or over who have undergone detox before arrival. More on their program here or call (604) 420-6601.
Pacifica Treatment Centre Society — 1755 E 11th Ave, Vancouver, BC
Pacifica offers rehabilitation programs and services for a stay of anywhere from 35-84+ days and utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches. More on their approaches here or call (604) 872-5517.
Union Gospel Mission(UGM) — Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Gateway Pre-Recovery Program
A temporary stabilization program is available to people seeking recovery, addiction treatment, or second-stage support. More on this service here or call (604) 253-3323.
Ozanam Recovery House — Kelowna, BC
Ozanam Recovery House is a 19-bed transition home in Kelowna, BC, for adult men struggling with addictions, mental health issues, or both. More on the service here or call (250) 762-4673.
InnerVisions Recovery Society — Port Coquitlam, BC
The InnerVisions is a program of total abstinence from all mood-altering substances. This program encompasses a 12-step model, along with the bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach. More on the program here or call Men’s: 1-877-939-1420 Women’s: 1-866-466-4215.
Path To Freedom — Surrey, BC
Path to Freedom is a 90-day treatment program for men 19 and older. It focuses on daily activities centred around recovery and acquiring the skills to maintain sobriety. More on the service here, or call (604) 576-6466.
When choosing a facility, one must consider several things. These include the length of substance misuse, what drug(s), and any existing medical issues. This information will determine the type of program needed.
For example, someone with a longstanding addiction will most likely need a long-term residential program. Someone with a medical situation, a polydrug user, or a heavy drinker may need a medically supervised detox.
Also, a person must be able to relate to the method used in recovery. For example, one may not do well in a faith-based program and be more at ease with group counselling. A person can do better with one-on-one counselling rather than group counselling.
Lastly, an individual might thrive in a larger group setting, while others like smaller groups with a home-type feel.
Medical detox may be necessary in some cases. A heavy drinker, a polydrug user or a medical condition would need this service. Learn more about detox here.
One could need a 30-day treatment, which is considered a short-term treatment. You can find long-term treatments of 60 days, 90 days, and some span a year.
When one still functions in everyday affairs, an addiction counsellor or a day or evening program (outpatient) can be enough to help. Since the pandemic, one can readily find coaching and addiction counselling online.
Too many times, we hear parents or spouses telling us that arguments and chaos occur when they mention rehab. How can one start a conversation without having it turn into a nightmare? Why is it hard for someone to see or admit a problem?
The fact is that people do not like to admit a problem or “weakness” of any kind. Also, most of the time, people start abusing drugs because of underlying issues. The following issues might shed light on these aspects:
All too often, entire families suffer from substance use disorder, not just the user. Feelings of despair, anxiety and powerlessness are usually felt. Understandably, it is worrisome, to say the least.
Finding support for yourself can be empowering. Groups like Al-Anon and Nar-Anon, or Parents of Addicted Loved Ones, are groups of people in the same situation you are in. Exchanging experiences and coping mechanisms can be a tremendous relief for family members and friends. Please visit their website for more information.