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.
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.
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 or non-BC residents.
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.
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:
NAMGIS Treatment Centre
P.O. Box 290 Alert Bay, B.C. V0N 1A0 Telephone: (250) 974-5522 Fax: (250) 974-2257
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:
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
"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
PO Box 2480 Station A Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4T9 Telephone: (250) 843-6977 Fax: (250) firstname.lastname@example.org
5524 Graham (235) RoadFarmington, 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
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.
Outpatient / Community based
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 RoadKitwanga, B.C. V0J 2A0Phone: (250) 849-5211Fax: (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
Esk'etemc Recovery House
Letwilc Ren Semec Centre949 Cougar TrailAlkali Lake, BC V0L 1B0Telephone: (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.
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.
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:
For lists of services in other provinces, see the Indigenous Services Canada webpage.
Program Consultant, Indian Residential School Program
604-699-3109 or Michael.Simpson@fnha.ca