Aboriginal Detox Support Workers Program


We are here to assist you in making the transition from withdrawal towards a drug-free lifestyle. Indigenous people are strong and resilient. Yet many face barriers that prevent them from finding support that will help them along the journey to health and well-being. Others feel overwhelmed when connecting with the professional community. If this is part of your experience, our Aboriginal Detox Support Workers Program can help you achieve a healthier and satisfying life free from alcohol and drug use. This is an important part of our mission to bring health justice to Indigenous people living in British Columbia.

Here is how our program works. Our Aboriginal Detox Support Workers connect with Indigenous clients through coordination with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Withdrawal Management Services (WMS). If you are a client exiting the WMS, we will set up an “Initial Meeting”. From this meeting the client and worker develop the Client Action Plan, and the plan is made to be suitable to your personal needs. This Plan helps you build appropriate personal support networks and connect with community. The goal of this program is to create good recovery habits early.

The Client Action Plan consists of shelter or housing, food, laundry and showers as these are the basic issues that clients face after Detox. Secondary issues are connecting clients to Drug and Alcohol Counselling, AA Meetings, NA Meetings, and Sponsors. This builds your support community.

For clients who are in conflict with the law we also connect individuals with our Native Courtworkers.
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If you are ready to make a change for your health and wellness then please contact our Aboriginal Detox Support Workers.


520 Richards Street, Vancouver, B.C.


Phone: 604-985-5355 ext: 337 or ext: 338

Hours of Operation

Monday: 8:30am—4:30pm
Tuesday: 10:00am-4:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am—12:30pm 2:30pm—4:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am—11:00am

You are welcome to walk-in or call in to set up an appointment. We also take referrals from different agencies.

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Once we have connected with you, we will make sure you receive the help you need to achieve health. You will receive the following help:

  • You will be connected to appropriate community support agencies.
  • You will receive assistance in developing a client treatment and/or aftercare plan. This will help you identify any issues and needs for implementing the plan, and orient you to appropriate addictions and community services such as justice related services, traditional healing, residential treatment programs, day treatment and support services.
  • You will receive support in implementing your treatment/aftercare plans. These wellness plans will be holistic and appropriate to your goals, level of problem severity, and readiness for change.
  • You will be provided Assertive Community Treatment, which is a method that allows you to process change through appropriate support, helping you meet your goals, address your addiction issues, and improve your quality of life.
  • You will be connected with other services as needed at each stage of the treatment/aftercare process. This will assist you in building appropriate personal support networks through our community partnerships.
  • You will be given opportunity to be part of client peer support and educational groups.
  • You will receive on-going follow up, and together with you we will adjust your plan as needed.

In response to community enquiries, we will provide education on withdrawal management and follow-up support issues, and offer training and consultation to other professionals, as required. We seek to create bridges by networking with other organizations, so that clients are provided with quality services and referrals. This includes the exchange of information about ongoing programs and workshops. The information is presented at the individual organizations, informing them of our services and workshops provided at the 520 Richards Street Alcohol and Drug Program facility.