Talking to someone close to you about substance use can be hard, but it could also be the most important conversation you will ever have. Compassion and respect are key, and we can help you to find the right words. On this page you will also learn about where to access treatment and recovery services in B.C., including information about 8-1-1, a free telephone resource that provides 24/7 non-emergency advice and support.
Supports During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event. There are online and phone supports available if you are struggling with your mental health or experiencing a crisis during this time. You are not alone, reach out for help now.
Find Treatment & Support Services Across B.C.
This map lists all mental health and substance use services provided by the provincial government, provincial health authorities, and non-profit agencies across British Columbia. Search for supports in your community such as: Intake, Substance Use/Drug Use Services, Counselling, Mental Health supports, Crisis Intervention, Talklines, or even Peer-to-Peer support.
Supervised Consumption, Overdose Prevention & Drug Checking Services
Harm reduction is a response that focuses on keeping people safe. The approach aims to minimize death, disease and injury associated with higher risk behaviour. Harm reduction also recognizes that the behaviour may continue despite the risks. In B.C. the following strategies have been put in place to help to prevent and respond to overdoses.
For non medical emergencies, call 8-1-1 speak to a health service navigator, who can help you find health information and services. They can also connect you directly with a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist.
Any one of these healthcare professionals will help you get the information you need to manage your health concerns, or those of your family.
Have Courageous Conversations
How do you talk to someone about substance use and overdose prevention? You can be an important connection in the life of someone who is using substances. Starting the conversation may not be easy. It may be tough to find the right words to say to your loved one. But, talking together can lead to effective overdose prevention.