Youth Addictions

PLEA offers a continuum of services for young people whose substance use is problematic. All these services use our unique family care model so that youth can remain connected to the community, and we can provide the individualized services and support they need to achieve their goals.

Our Youth Addictions Services address problematic substance use with a holistic, strengths-based approach that emphasizes the ongoing assessment of functioning in all life areas, and interventions that meet young people where they are. We work with them to develop their own goals and emphasize education, harm reduction and relapse prevention. Our services focus on assisting youth to successfully transition to ongoing community supports and resources.

Our addiction programs include:

Youth Detox 

Our Detox Services provide community-based, non-medical withdrawal management for youth who demonstrate problematic substance use. Youth accessing these services live with Family Caregivers who provide 24-hour support and supervision during their withdrawal process. Our team works closely with the youth to ensure that they receive the intensive one-to-one support they need and the services they require. Participation is completely voluntary and youth can stay for up to 10 days. We serve youth up to 21 years of age, with priority given to those who are 16 years old and younger. We have provided these services since 1995.

 

Contact Information

Kalyn Brown            
604.708.2616
kbrown@plea.bc.ca

Location: Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Vancouver, Richmond, Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky)

Download brochure

Daughters & Sisters

Daughters & Sisters is a unique, six-month residential treatment program that serves young women who are 12 to 18 years of age, whose substance use is problematic. Program participants live with Family Caregivers in the community and participate in day, evening and weekend programming at our treatment centre.

Programming includes individual and group counseling, parent-teen mediation, teacher-supervised education, addiction awareness learning and practical life skills. A range of social, arts, cultural and recreational activities are integral components of the program and take place in the community. Daughters & Sisters provides an opportunity for participants to address their addictions issues and other needs, in a stable, caring and supportive setting.

We follow a strengths-based and culturally sensitive approach to treatment, and emphasize solutions focused interventions that help participants to build the skills and competencies they need to live safe, fulfilling lives. We have provided these services since 2000.

To help ensure a successful transition back into their communities, we provide the young women with reintegration support when they complete the program.

For probation referrals, young women must have probation orders that direct them to attend a full-time alcohol and drug treatment program. The order must be long enough to see them through the six-month program.

We also accept private referrals from parents, social workers, community-based addiction counsellors and other professionals. Please contact us to discuss the circumstances and needs of the young woman you want to refer, and to make arrangements.

 

Contact Information

Amanda Ram
604.723.5041
aram@plea.bc.ca

Location: Access is province-wide.

Download brochure

Download referral form

 

Waypoint

Waypoint is a unique, four-month residential treatment program that serves young men who are 12 to 18 years of age, whose substance use is problematic. Program participants live with Family Caregivers in the community and participate in day, evening and weekend programming at our treatment centre.

Programming includes individual and group counseling, parent-teen mediation, teacher-supervised education, addiction awareness learning and practical life skills. A range of social, arts, cultural and recreational activities are integral components of the program and take place in the community. Waypoint provides an opportunity for participants to address their addictions issues and other needs, in a stable, caring and supportive setting.

We follow a strengths-based and culturally sensitive approach to treatment, and emphasize solutions focused interventions that help participants to build the skills and competencies they need to live safe, fulfilling lives. We have provided these services since 2002.

To help ensure a successful transition back into their communities, we provide the young men with reintegration support when they complete the program.

For probation referrals, the young men must have a probation order that directs them to attend a full-time alcohol and drug treatment program. The order must be long enough to see them through four-month program.

We also accept private referrals from parents, social workers, community-based addiction counsellors and other professionals. Please contact us to discuss the circumstances and needs of the young man you want to refer, and to make arrangements.

 

Contact Information

Colleen Morris
604.897.3761
cmorris@plea.bc.ca

Location: Access is province-wide.

Download brochure

Download referral form

Supported Recovery

Supported Recovery provides a safe and stable environment for young people with addictions issues who are 21 years old or younger, to continue their individual recovery process, and begin planning for their future by assessing their treatment options.

Youth accessing these services live with Family Caregivers who provide support and assistance and are connected with a one-to-one worker. Youth are able to stay for up to 28 days; services are flexible and based on their circumstances, needs and goals. We help young people access treatment services, prepare for independent living, obtain employment and build supportive connections in the community. We have provided these services since 1992 – it is one of the only supported recovery programs for youth in BC.

Referrals are accepted from Addictions Counsellors within the Vancouver Coastal Health region

 

Contact Information

Kalyn Brown
604.708.2616
kbrown@plea.bc.ca

Location: Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Vancouver, Richmond, Sunshine Coast and Sea to Sky)

Download brochure

Download referral package (for addiction counselors)

Download What to Expect

BACK TO TOP