There are lots of resources online that provide tools and education to help you learn more about substance use! Here are just a few:
A “quiz” on drinking patterns made specifically for UBC Students! To learn more about drinking patterns across Canada, check this out.
Facts, advice, and drink/calorie trackers. Very interactive site, the calorie tracker is particularly useful!
More Drinking, Smoking, and Weed Quizzes
Check your drinking:
Alcohol and Tobacco screening:
If you are struggling with serious substance dependence and would like to see someone that can help you, there are many resources around Vancouver. If you feel like you could use a friend while you focus on changing your substance use, our mentoring program provides you with a mentor that will help you along your journey. This program is meant to run in conjunction if you decide to seek out additional support. To learn more about our mentors, click (here- link to mentors)
If you want to try one of UBC’s Services (such as Counselling Services, or Student Health Services), you must make an initial meeting with a Wellness Advisor who will refer you to the appropriate service. To get an appointment with a Wellness Advisor, click (here – http://students.ubc.ca/livewell/services/counselling-services )
If you would like to check out of the many other resources that exist in Vancouver, we’ve compiled a list of possibilities for you. Check these out below.
Vancouver Coastal Health Youth Resources: A general list of health resources available to Vancouver youth.
Referral Help Line
The Alcohol & Drug Information and Referral Service
Lower Mainland: 604-660-9382
Worried about drug and alcohol use? Whether it’s for yourself or someone you care about, you can call us for information, options and support.
We can refer you to a full range of counselling and treatment services across BC.
Services on the Alcohol and Drug Line are confidential, multilingual, free, and available 24/7
Community Health Centres & Youth Addictions Counselling:
VCH Community Health Centres (CHCs) offer a range of services for youth and adults including:
• Youth, adult, older adult, family and group counselling for issues related to substance use
• Addictions Nurse and Addictions Doctor
• Withdrawal management (19+)
• Needle exchange and methadone maintenance
• Free public Addictions Education series (Pacific Spirit & Raven Song CHCs)
VCH Youth Addiction & Concurrent Disorder Counsellors
Free, confidential counselling and support for youth/ young adults aged 24 and under, and their families, with substance use concerns and related issues. Contact the nearest VCH Community Health Centre below to book an appointment
Pacific Spirit CHC
2110 West 43rd Ave (43rd & West Blvd)
(and 6 other locations)
SMART Recovery (SMART) is a science-based programme to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour. This includes addictive behaviour with substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping, self-harming and so on. SMART stands for ‘Self Management And Recovery Training’.
NEXUS (Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC) Substance abuse counselling and outreach program for youth aged 12–24.
550 Cambie St
Odyssey II (Boys and Girls Club of South Coast BC) Substance abuse counselling program for youth aged 12–24 and their families.
2875 Saint George St
PRISM is Vancouver Coastal Health’s clinical, education, information and referral service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities.
303-1290 Hornby St
South Vancouver Youth Centre Youth services, family services and family supports.
4920 Fraser St
Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) Outreach, counselling, drop-in, school support, prevention services and more.
1618 East Hastings St
Watari Counselling & Support Services 7-week alcohol and drug day treatment program for youth and young adults aged 13–24. www.watari.ca
Supported Recovery Program
PLEA Community Services Society of BC 28-day stabilization placements for youth aged 21 and under who are determining their next steps for addiction treatment. www.plea.ca
Family Services of Greater Vancouver Community-based detox service for youth aged 16–21. Voluntary admission program with a harm reduction approach as the primary service delivery model.
Youth D-Talks Intake: (9:00am – 7:45pm daily) 1-866-658-1221
Afterhours intake: 1-877-872-4349 (24 hour admissions)