BC Children’s Hospital is committed to supporting youth and young adults in their journey towards meeting their substance use treatment goals.
The program provides a safe, structured, home-like environment with an interprofessional care team. The care team includes counsellors, recreation workers, Indigenous Elders, youth workers, teachers and family therapists. Physicians and psychiatrists are available for consultation via telehealth.
The team’s approach to care is one of respect for the person, recognizing their strengths, promoting their autonomy and providing collaboration and choice. Your experience, history and culture are an important part of your care and are recognized.
The treatment and approach to care is based on research evidence.
Treatment includes the following:
- Group, individual and family therapy
- Therapeutic recreational activities such as hiking and archery
- Life-skills training
- High school completion options
- Support as you prepare to return to your home community
The treatment program has several levels based on your goals. Most people will finish treatment within three to six months.
Once accepted into the program, you will go through withdrawal management and detox before beginning your treatment. It is important to understand that this program does not provide stabilization services or medical treatment requiring a hospital.
This specialized substance use treatment program is for youth and young adults across the province. The program is for youth whose primary concern is substance use, who have experienced several relapses, and who need more intensive support than is available in their home community. Mental Health support is provided but is not the focus of treatment. Treatment is voluntary.
The newly established Provincial Youth and Young Adult Substance Use Program is located in Surrey. To access services you need a referral from a health care professional.