Addictions treatment

In this file photo, B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson speaks during a news conference in Vancouver on May 31, 2022. On Oct. 3, 2022, she announced new supports for people exiting correctional facilities in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. expanding post-prison support services to all 10 correctional facilities

Length of support also expanding from 30 to 90 days

 

Ryan Young is feeling hopeful for the first time in years, and he credits help he’s received from the Phoenix Society in breaking a pattern of addiction that has ruled his life for years. (Amy Reid photo)

For the first time in years, Ryan young is hopeful for the holidays

40-year-old is focused on his efforts to exit the cycle of addiction and homelessness

 

Shea Roddie (left) and others in recovery at Phoenix Society sing Christmas songs at Green Timbers Park on Monday, Dec. 20. (submitted photo)

VIDEO: As music therapy, people in recovery sing Christmas songs at Surrey park

Resident says Phoenix Society’s music therapy program gives him ‘an opportunity to make a lot of strides’ in recovery

 

Chris Lamoureux, who has struggled with substance abuse and robbed two banks in September 2019, is hoping to end the stigma of drug addiction. (Chris Bush/Black Press)

B.C. man who struggled with substance use, crime seeks to end drug addiction stigma

Chris Lamoureux about to begin studying to be peer support worker

Chris Lamoureux, who has struggled with substance abuse and robbed two banks in September 2019, is hoping to end the stigma of drug addiction. (Chris Bush/Black Press)
Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. adding addiction treatment, transition services, minister says

Women’s residential care in Interior, day programs in North

Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 2021. (Hansard TV)
Cole Izsak and site manager, Robynn Poynter, outside Robin’s Nest, a recovery centre for women at 4456 184 St. Izsak, who says women have been woefully under-served in their recovery efforts, hopes to start welcoming clients in August. See story page A11. (Cole Izsak photo)

PHOTOS: Women-only recovery centre taking wing in South Surrey

Back on Track operator Cole Izsak says Robin’s Nest will open by Sept. 1

Cole Izsak and site manager, Robynn Poynter, outside Robin’s Nest, a recovery centre for women at 4456 184 St. Izsak, who says women have been woefully under-served in their recovery efforts, hopes to start welcoming clients in August. See story page A11. (Cole Izsak photo)
Surrey’s Fawzan Hussain and Cole Izsak received their Medal of Good Citizenship this week. (www.fawzan.ca photo/File photo)

Good-citizenship medals presented to Surrey pair

Announced in March, medals were presented to Cole Izsak and Fawzan Hussain virtually this week

Surrey’s Fawzan Hussain and Cole Izsak received their Medal of Good Citizenship this week. (www.fawzan.ca photo/File photo)
Little House Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Society COO Debbi McKenzie stands in front of the society’s namesake facility with Phoenix Drug Alcohol Recovery and Education Society CEO Keir Macdonald. (Submitted photo)

Delta’s Little House Society merging with Surrey-based Phoenix Society

Merger ‘came together in a really organic way’ as societies have been working together for two years

Little House Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Society COO Debbi McKenzie stands in front of the society’s namesake facility with Phoenix Drug Alcohol Recovery and Education Society CEO Keir Macdonald. (Submitted photo)
Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Let’s Talk Day: Why family support should be the heart of mental health treatment in B.C.

‘Research has shown when families are involved in a patient’s care they typically have greater success’

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LETTERS: Writer’s shift in perception about addiction offers hope

LETTERS: Writer’s shift in perception about addiction offers hope

No small thing to change one’s point of view

  • Aug 27, 2020
LETTERS: Writer’s shift in perception about addiction offers hope
Tony Back, executive director of the Launching Pad Addictions Rehabilitation Society, in the cooler that’s been added for its new food-bank venture. (Tracy Holmes photo)

South Surrey recovery house launches satellite food bank

Initiative hoped to expand to public in next two months

Tony Back, executive director of the Launching Pad Addictions Rehabilitation Society, in the cooler that’s been added for its new food-bank venture. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Dakota Johnny says he’s choosing to focus on feelings he can control to help him get through the pandemic. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

British Columbians navigate addiction recovery during the pandemic

Dakota Johnny and Stephen Vickets are residents of Foundation House

Dakota Johnny says he’s choosing to focus on feelings he can control to help him get through the pandemic. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
FILE – Dr. Perry Kendall speaks about the illicit drug toxicity deaths in the province during a press conference at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 24, 2020. Kendall declared an ongoing public health emergency in B.C. four years ago as the province led the country with a record number of overdose deaths fuelled by the opioid fentanyl. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

People needing addictions services feel ‘abandoned’ during pandemic, B.C.’s ex-top doctor says

Widespread job losses and more homelessness due to physical distancing at shelters have added hurdles

FILE – Dr. Perry Kendall speaks about the illicit drug toxicity deaths in the province during a press conference at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 24, 2020. Kendall declared an ongoing public health emergency in B.C. four years ago as the province led the country with a record number of overdose deaths fuelled by the opioid fentanyl. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
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