Call for culturally-aware crisis support for Indigenous peoples in B.C.
Treatment and Recovery
Recovery is a journey – each person’s path is unique. Recovery is a process of healing.
Whether healing from a mental health challenge, substance use challenge, or type of addiction, recovery is a self-directed journey that improves wellness. A process where people strive to reach their full potential, in ways that work best for them. This experience can be empowering.
The word recovery and what it looks like can be defined differently by each person.
Recovery is not a cure for what someone is experiencing. It is something that needs to be maintained. People in recovery manage their condition every day.
How and why a person starts recovery can be very personal. It often involves seeking treatment which can lay the foundation for positive, achievable and long-lasting health.
People may use many different pathways in their recovery journey. Professional treatment, harm reduction, peer support groups and other supports can help people heal.
Recovery can help people build stronger connections with family, friends and community, and lead to more stability and improved quality of life.
Help for you or a loved one on your path to recovery
No matter which stage you or your loved ones may be in, recovery is a real possibility with the right supports and services.
If you know someone who is experiencing a challenge, offering non-judgement support can help them begin their journey to healing. Stigmatizing language and attitudes can make it harder for people to reach out for help.
If you have a loved one currently in recovery, there are ways to help support them. Be there to listen without judgement. Begin to learn about the recovery process and what recovery means to them. Understand the treatment milestones they have set. Celebrate with them when their milestones are met.
Find bed-based or live-in treatment and recovery services across B.C.
Find treatment and supportive recovery services that are live-in or bed-based, offering a range of programs and supports to help people who are looking to reduce or abstain from substances, and/or reduce harms associated with substance use. Programs can vary both in length, types of services offered, model of care and intensity of supports available.
Visit the website to find a list of services available in communities in B.C. and where to find additional information, including service provider websites and information on complaints.
BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC)'s harm reduction information and resources.
Towards the Heart focuses on sharing information about naloxone and fentanyl. The website hosts an Overdose Survival Guide, a Train the Trainer Guide for the naloxone administration, a video on How to Use Naloxone, and more.
Other available features include a ‘Find a Harm Reduction Site’ tool search for where you can pick up a naloxone kit in your community.
Virtual support groups for people in all stages of recovery with an emphasis on personal responsibility.
Trained facilitators personally impacted by addiction and recovery voluntarily run LifeRing groups.
Face-to-face and online meetings are available, as well as online chat rooms for support. Individualized recovery plans, self-empowerment, and peer-support are also a focus of service delivery.
Meetings embrace a diversity of approaches to sober living; it is up to each person to decide what does and does not work for them. The main purpose of the group is to create the right environment to reinforce each other’s choices to stay clean and sober. LifeRing is an ongoing “workshop” where individuals build their own recovery plan.