Substance Use Blog Series Part 4: Substance Use Counselling
June 5, 2020
Welcome to the Deltassist Substance Use Services (SUS) blog series. This weekly series has been created during the Covid-19 pandemic to help increase awareness around drug and alcohol use and mental health. These initial posts contain information for people with questions about resources to help quit or reduce their substance use.
Today’s post is on psychotherapy and counselling services. The list of topics covered in other posts is at the bottom of the page.
Services with free substance use specific counselling:
- Deltassist Family and Community Services
Free individual counselling for youth and adults using substances and those who are affected by someone else’s substance use. Online psycho-educational groups for individuals 19 years and older as well as treatment referrals. To reach the Substance Use Counselling team, call our Substance Use Intake Line and one of our Counsellors will connect with you shortly. We provide counselling in North and South Delta.
Substance Use Intake
604-594-3455 ext. 108
9097 120 Street North Delta
- Little House Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Society
Provides individual counselling (4 free sessions), SMART Recovery and other recovery meetings
5061 12th Avenue, Tsawwassen
Finding a private practice counsellor
Private practice counsellors are not free, but some health insurance packages will cover a number of counselling sessions. If you have health insurance through work or privately, check if it includes counselling.
Local private counsellors can be found on the BC Registered Clinical Counsellor (BCACC) website by selecting “substance use counselling” from the “select area of practice” drop-down menu:
If you have private health insurance or are covered by an employee health program, you may have the cost of some private counselling sessions partially or fully covered by health insurance. Check with your health insurance policy to see what funding you may be available.
Similarly, private Registered Psychologists (who have PhD’s in psychology) can be found at: https://www.psychologists.bc.ca/find_psychologist
If you do not reside in Delta or cannot access Deltassist, the Fraser Health Substance Use Services Access Team can help you complete a referral to treatment. They can be reached at 1 (866) 624-6478
~If you need immediate support coping with a crisis while waiting for help, please call the Fraser Health Crisis Line at 604-951-8855 or toll-free 1-877-820-7444. They are open 24/7. ~
Click the links for information about each of these kinds of services:
- Withdrawal Management (known sometimes as Detox)
- Medical treatment for Opioid Use disorder (Opioid Agonist Treatment)
- Substance Use Counselling
- Treatment Programs
- Peer Support/Online Self-Help
Update Sep 18, 2020: There are now also posts specifically on youth resources and resources for family and friends of people who use substances. Click on the highlighted words to go to those posts.