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Substance Use

Substance Use Counselling Services provide individual and family counselling to people who experience problems as a result of alcohol and/or drug use. These services are free, and you can access them through calling our Barriere or Clearwater offices and requesting an appointment with one of our counsellors - no referral is necessary.

Counselling is also available to adult children and family involved with someone dependent on alcohol and/or drugs. Services are available to residents from McLure to Blue River.

Services addressing Adult Substance Use provide the following range of services:

  • Outpatient counselling for individuals and families
  • Assessments and referral to treatment and detox programs
  • Facilitate public education through seminars, group training and workshops
  • Facilitate the establishment of support groups

Services addressing Youth Substance Use provide the following range of services:

  • Community outreach
  • Family support
  • Referrals
  • 1:1 support including psychoeducation and counselling

The Mental Health & Substance Use counsellors for both adult and youth in Clearwater are Phil Janicki and Jacquie Loates. An appointment can be set up by calling 250 674-2600.

In Barriere, the Mental Health & Substance Use for both adult and youth counsellors is Amraj Tanda, and can be reached at 250 672-9773.

YCS counselling and support services are free of charge. No referral is necessary. Funding for Substance Use Counselling is provided by the Interior Health Authority.