Indigenous Outpatient Addiction Counselling & Detox Support


Our Alcohol and Drug Program provides a quality service that helps Indigenous people achieve a healthier and satisfying life free from alcohol and drug use. We are part of an overall system of care that includes Detoxification, Treatment, Residential Programs such as Recovery Houses, other Outpatient Services, Aftercare, Maintenance, Educational Programs, referrals to Courtworkers plus other justice related personnel and other services.


The goal of our care is to decrease substance misuse, decrease legal problems, improve health, improve thinking and social functioning, and improve self-esteem and coping abilities. We also want to increase occupational and educational opportunities for you. We know recovery is a life-long, day-to-day process. This process requires hard work, commitment, self-awareness and honesty. We are here to help you succeed in your recovery process.


  • Address substance use and misuse issues
  • Provide one-to-one adult, youth, family and group counselling
  • Provide crisis intervention counselling
  • Make referrals to detox centres, rehabilitation and residential treatment centres
  • Make referrals to education institutions, pre-employment and life skills training programs
  • Provide follow-up and after-care treatment
  • Networking with other agencies.



First Nations people are five times more likely to overdose and 3 times more likely to die from overdose than non-Indigenous people


48% of off-reserve Indigenous young people aged 12 to 24 reported heavy drinking, compared to 36% of non-Indigenous people


First Nations suicide rate is 3 times higher than for non-Indigenous people




Indigenous Detox Support Workers Program can help clients achieve a healthier and satisfying life free from alcohol and drug use. This is an important part of our mission to improve health outcomes to Indigenous people living in the Vancouver area. Our Indigenous Detox Support Workers connect with Indigenous clients through coordination with Vancouver Coastal Health Withdrawal Management Services. The client is typically connected to the Indigenous Detox Support Worker, while they are attending detox.


Step 1:

  • If a client is exiting the Withdrawal Management Services, we will set up an “Initial Meeting”.

Step 2:

  • The client and worker develop the Client Action Plan, and the plan is made to be suitable to your personal needs.
  • This plan helps the client build appropriate personal support networks and connect with community. 
  • The plan consists of connecting the client with resources for shelter or housing, food, and other basic issues that clients face after detox. 
  • As well, we connect clients with drug and alcohol counselling, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and sponsors.


  • Once we have connected with you, we will make sure you receive the help you need to achieve good health.
  • Be connected to appropriate community support agencies.
  • 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. Resources in implementing your treatment/aftercare plans.
  • Be provided Assertive Community Treatment, 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.
  • Be connected with other services at each stage of the treatment/aftercare process.
  • Be given the opportunity to be part of client peer support and educational groups.
  • Receive on-going follow up, and together we will adjust the plan as needed.


The Vancouver Alcohol and Drug Outpatient Services office involved the participation of Indigenous Elders provide us with enormous support. Many of them play a vital role by sharing their teachings, providing guidance on advisory committees, and by connecting with community partners and stakeholders. We are always mindful of our Elders because they embody our mission, “A Helping Hand to Justice”.