Substance Use and Addiction Support Resources

For people who struggle with substance use and addictions, it can sometimes be difficult to seek out help and support. If you are looking for help, or you want to support someone you know in finding assistance, the following resources are available.

Counselling services (addictions support)

The Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) is a confidential and voluntary counselling support service. Counsellors can help with a range of issues, including relationship challenges, stress, depression, anxiety, addiction, family issues, grief and more. Services are confidential and available in multiple languages and formats.

Read more about EFAP

EFAP will match you and/or your dependents with a counsellor who specializes in addictions.  You will receive short-term counselling to develop coping strategies and practical tools for abstaining from  addicting behaviour, with the goal of maintaining abstinence over time.

If the situation requires specialized care or long-term counselling, they will work to find resources to best meet your individual needs and budget.

Click here to learn more about EFAP.

The UBC Extended Health Plan also provides reimbursement of counselling services provided by a Registered Psychologist, Social Worker or Clinical Counsellor of your choice.  You (and your eligible dependents) may be reimbursed  for 100% of reasonable and customary charges, up to a maximum of $2,500 per person, per year. No doctor’s referral is required to access this service.


Local treatment options (health authorities)

Your local health authority will have region-specific information for substance use and recovery or treatment services.

  • Vancouver Coastal Health – Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast and BC’s Central Coast.
  • Fraser Health – Burnaby, Port Moody, Surrey, White Rock, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Abbotsford, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope.
  • Interior Health – Kelowna, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Trail, Penticton and Vernon, as well as a multitude of more rural and remote communities.
  • Vancouver Island – Kelowna, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Trail, Penticton and Vernon, as well as a multitude of more rural and remote communities.
  • Northern Health – Northeast, Northern Interior and Northwest regions of British Columbia.
  • First Nations Health – First Nations and Aboriginal people in BC.

Community Services

Community specific services including individual and family counselling, drug and alcohol counselling and specialized addiction services (gambling, eating disorders etc.).

Help Lines and Referral Services

  • Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention: 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE)
  • Healthlink BC: 8-1-1
  • Alcohol and Drug Information & Referral Service: 1-800-663-1441
  • BC Eating Disorders Help Line:  1-800-665-1822
  • The BC Problem Gambling Help Line:  1-888-795-6111 or website.

Support Groups

Alcohol Use Support Group Meetings

 Drug Use Support Groups

Eating Disorder Support Groups

  • Surrey Community Services: 604-584-5811
  • The Vancouver Anti-Anorexia Anti-Bulimia League: 604-688-7860, 24 hour crisis line:  (604) 872-3311
  • British Columbia Eating Disorders Association-Victoria BC: 1-250-383-2755
  • Whistler Disordered Eating Support Group: 604-938-1006

Gambling Addict Support Groups

  • Gamblers Anonymous: 604-878-6535

Sex Addict Support Groups

  • Sexaholics Anonymous
    • Tel: (250) 862-7122 (Kelowna)
    • Toll-Free: 1-888-357-8104 (Nanaimo)
    • Tel: (604) 290-9643 (Vancouver)
    • Tel: (250) 309-4098 (Vernon)
    • Tel: (250) 480-2118 (Victoria)