Substance Use Support Resources

Survivors may use substances to cope with emotional and physical effects of the assault which can lead to substance use challenges (Ullman et al., 2018).

The following substance use support resources are available in BC:


Alcohol and Drug Information Referral Service (ADIRS)

The ADIRS provides free, confidential information, and referral services to British Columbians in need of substance use support. Contact ADIRS toll-free at 1 800 663-1441, or in the lower mainland at 604 660-9382. Assistance is available in many languages 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (HealthLinkBC, n.d.).


National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program

In BC there are several residential treatment centres and an outpatient centre, funded through the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP) (FNHA, n.d.). Click here for more information.


Provincial Services

There are many other substance use support services available in BC including: live-in treatment programs, support groups, counselling and peer support, virtual services, replacement therapy, harm reduction, and Rapid Access Addiction Clinics. Click here for more information.