Treatment Centres

​In BC there are several residential treatment centres and an outpatient centre, funded through the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP).


Services are offered to males, females, youth (in one centre) and families. Services offered at treatment facilities vary, but overall include services to clients with physical disabilities or concurrent disorders, to clients on OAT (opioid agonist therapy) or psychoactive medications. Services also include family treatment, couples counselling and services for pregnant women. 


Treatment Centres

Treatment CentresDescription

Gya' Wa' Tlaab Healing Centre

P.O. Box 1018
Haisla, B.C.
V0T 2B0
Telephone: (250) 639-9817
Fax: (250) 639-9815


The Gya' Wa' Tlaab Healing Centre offers this Early Recovery/Stabilization Program to all First Nations, Inuit and other people of Canada. This program can be defined as an assessment, orientation, and readiness phase to treatment.

The Program utilizes the following program resources to assist clients: Acu-Detox, Physical Fitness, Psycho-educational group facilitation, Mental Health Counselling, Methadone Maintenance Support, Attending Physician, Attending Pharmacist, and Culturally Appropriate Ceremonies.

  • 6, 7 and 8 week Early Recovery/ Stabilization Program
  • 5 Intakes per Year
  • All Male Programs
  • 16 Bed Facility
  • Day Patient Clients can be arranged (male or female)

Round Lake Alcohol and Drug Treatment Society

200 Emery Louis Road
Armstrong, B.C.
V0E 1B5
Phone: (250) 546-3077
Fax: (250) 546-3227


35–bed Treatment Centre

6 and 12 week Treatment Program addresses the impact of historic and intergenerational trauma by guiding participants through activities and ceremonies that help to resolve trauma, grief, and shame. Emphasis in the healing circle is on safety, trust, and self-care and facilitates wellness for indigenous trauma survivors. 

Does not accept couples.

Carrier Sekani Family Services

Addictions Recovery Program

P.O. Box 1219
Vanderhoof, B.C.
V0G 3A0
Telephone: (250) 567-2900
Toll-free: 1-866-567-2333
Fax: (250) 567-2975


The Addictions Recovery Program (ARP) has a mission statement, "To create a healing environment by utilizing a holistic approach that promotes a cultural lifestyle free from addictions and restores a sense of pride in the Carrier and Sekani Culture." We believe the Carrier Sekani culture and spiritual way of living, which honours and respects all of creation, will empower our communities and strengthen our First Nations. The integrated Health and Wellness Addiction Recovery Program, "Lhet'sut'en" is delivered by our multidisciplinary team consisting of clinical counsellors and cultural knowledge holders. We believe culture is healing and incorporate a blend of traditional healing practices along with evidence based best practices in addictions treatment reflective of our program's vision statement: "Culture is Healing."

During the winter months (November to April), our team visits member communities by request. We offer educational and support services with a focus on addiction, and one or two week treatment programs during the winter. Community visits are open to any northern British Columbia First Nations, based on our availability.

  • • Grief and Loss
  • • Addictions awareness
  • • Identity
  • • Self esteem
  • • Relapse Prevention
  • • Trauma
  • • Anger
  • • Communication
  • • Spirituality
  • • Gambling
  • • Shame and guilt
  • • Effects of colonization
  • • Suicide intervention and prevention
  • • Lateral Violence
  • • Family violence
  • • Anger management
  • • Co-dependency
  • • Relationships
  • • Overcome with depression
  • • Understanding Brain chemistry to addiction solution

Kackaamin Family Development Centre

7830 Beaver Creek Road
Port Alberni, B.C.
V9Y 8N3
Phone: (250) 723-7789
Fax : (250) 723-5067

Kackaamin employs Certified Addiction Counsellors that facilitate educational workshops that broaden the knowledge of our adult clientele on a variety of topics and issues. Weekly individual, couple, and family counselling along with community capacity building support sessions.

The educational workshops cover a variety of topics such as:

  • • Alcohol, drugs, and their effects
  • • Behavioral addiction
  • • Grief and loss
  • • Communication
  • • Trust
  • • Boundaries
  • • Defense mechanisms
  • • Anger management
  • • Co-dependency
  • • Residential schools
  • • Trauma
  • • Spirituality and Cultural development
  • • Cultural and traditional teachings
  • • Healing ceremonies and sweat lodges.
  • • Recreation with your family
  • • AA/NA meetings
  • • "The Virtues Project"
  • • A parenting program

NAMGIS Treatment Centre

P.O. Box 290
Alert Bay, B.C.
V0N 1A0
Telephone: (250) 974-5522
Fax: (250) 974-2257


Patrick Davis:
Mary Hunt (Intake Coordinator):

Age: 19 and up

To meet the goals of the program, a variety of themes are introduced during the six-week program. The program is designed to ensure maximum flexibility to meet client needs within theme areas. These theme areas include:

  1. Physiological and psychological effects of mood altering substances.
  2. Family dynamics
  3. Historical influences on substance abuse.
  4. Abstinence from alcohol and addiction as a way of life
  5. Spirituality
  6. Self-help programs for after treatment (e.g.: Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Adult Children of Alcoholics)
  7. Self-awareness in the cycle of change

Trauma – This session introduces clients to the concept of trauma and its long and short-term effects. During the six weeks, understanding trauma helps in context with the sessions on grieving, suicide in the family, residential school, and family violence. Clients are provided with an opportunity to examine how unresolved trauma contributes to present day negative behavior and coping strategies. Steps to healing from trauma are examined with client input. Deeper issues of trauma are explored during one to one time or referred to Mental Health Services. 

Nenqayni Wellness Centre

P.O. Box 2529
Williams Lake, B.C.
V2G 4P2
Phone: (250) 989-0301
Fax: (250) 989-0307


Mission Statement

"To provide holistic healing to First Nations and Inuit youth, families, and communities in a safe and secure environment."

About Our Team

To achieve a safe team environment where employees respect one another, communicate effectively, and are able to efficiently carry out their duties and responsibilities" (Staff Purpose - Developed in 2011).

Staff are certified by the Canadian Council of Professional Certification and receive ongoing training relating to their positions and as required by accreditation and licensing.


North Wind Wellness Centre

Mailing Address:

PO Box 2480 Station A
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4T9
Telephone: (250) 843-6977
Fax: (250) 843-6978

Centre Location:

5524 Graham (235) Road
Farmington, BC V0C 1N0


The effects of alcohol and drug addiction are often devastating to individuals, families and communities.

The North Wind Healing Centre offers a 45-day, culturally based, residential treatment program for ages 19 and up.

The Centre is located just North of Dawson Creek in the beautiful Peace River country. The facility includes a main "common" building, session and craft room, sweat lodge, exercise equipment, computers, counsellor's office, and administration building. It is 150 acres of wilderness that participants may freely walk.

Each day begins and ends with smudging and prayer. Sweat lodge, Blanket, and Pipe Ceremonies introduce and reinforce the concept of sacredness by means of traditional culture.

Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society

699 Capilano Rd
Lantzville B.C.
V0R 2H0
(250) 390-3123


Tsow-Tun Le Lum means "helping house." We provide programs that address the issues of addictions, and healing survivors of trauma and residential schools. Our mission is to strengthen the ability of First Nations people to live healthy, happy lives and to have pride in their native identity. Tsow-Tun Le Lum is a registered non-profit society operating a fully accredited treatment centre in Lantzville, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Thuy Namut Program (use this link for substance abuse)

Grounded in native culture and tradition, this is a 40-day intensive residential program available to First Nations people. Holistic in nature, the program is for those who are ready to put substance abuse behind them. Through carefully developed therapy experiences that build on existing strengths and aspirations, each participant discovers their own unique pathway for continuing recovery.

Kwunatsustul (use this link for trauma)

"Holding Hands, Standing Together"Second Stage Recovery Program

Funded by First Nations Health Authority

Kwunatsustul is a Second Stage Recovery program with a focus on trauma. This program is designed to address the multitude of Mental Health and Trauma issues being faced in community.

The program is holistic including traditional and contemporary methodologies: the program addresses emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health and well-being of First Nations Peoples.

Salish Way
Agassiz, B.C.
V0M 1A1
Phone: (604) 796-9829
Fax: (604) 796-9839

Outpatient / Community based

Non-residential program

Accessible to clients with physical disabilities, Pregnant women, Court referral or Corrections clients, Clients taking other psychoactive medications

Transportation provided to outlying community members to enable attendance at the Day program.

Wilp Si'Satxw Community Healing Centre

Box 429, Cedarvale-Kitwanga Road
Kitwanga, B.C. V0J 2A0
Phone: (250) 849-5211
Fax: (250) 849-5374

• "House of Purification"
• 42 day program
• In-patient/Adult co-ed
• Residential schools
• Child counselling
• On-the-land
• Couples counselling
• Gender-based
• Clients with physical disabilities
• Family treatment
• Pregnant women

Recovery Services 

Recovery Centres Description

Esk'etemc Recovery House

Letwilc Ren Semec Centre
949 Cougar Trail
Alkali Lake, BC V0L 1B0
Telephone: (250) 440-5651, extension #261


Alkali Lake - known for addressing substance use disorder in the community using traditional cultural values, and sharing their success worldwide.


Letwilc Ren Semec Centre guides and assists clients on the path toward recovery while reintegrating a healthy lifestyle in a culturally safe recovery service.

About the program

The recovery centre includes five rooms for an adult substance use supported recovery housing service.

The centre  promotes recovery  for individuals with substance use challenges by providing safe and secure housing, and promoting reintegration into the community by helping clients secure housing upon discharge. 

Priority is given to Aboriginal clients from the Interior. 

Clients may stay up to six months. We accept individuals who have fully completed an alcohol and drug treatment program. 

Fees for the services may apply. Contact us for more information.

Round Lake Alcohol and Drug Treatment Society

200 Emery Louis Road
Armstrong, B.C.
V0E 1B5
Phone: (250) 546-3077
Fax: (250) 546-3227

10-bed Recovery Home

Post treatment home for clients who require more assistance to further strengthen their wellness and recovery.

Pre-treatment home for clients who require stabilization before entering treatment.

Does not accept couples or non-BC residents.

Non-FNHA Funded Treatment Services

In the event you are not able enter into a FNHA-funded treatment centre, you can consider accessing treatment in a non-FNHA funded treatment centre. For more information, you can review our Non-FNHA funded Treatment Centre Application Process:

Subsidy Application Form

Services in Other Provinces

For lists of services in other provinces, see the Indigenous Services Canada webpage.

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Contact

For More information or to learn more about the Residential Schools program please contact:

Michael Simpson

Program Consultant, Indian Residential School Program 

604-699-3109 or 

FNHA Indian Residential Schools information line: