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Substance Use Services

Substance Use Services provides FREE individual and family counselling for anyone who is open to exploring their relationship to substances as well as for those impacted by a family member's substance misuse. Counselling is available for individuals, families and youth. This program is funded by the Ministry of Mental Health and Substance Use, Fraser Health Authority.  Please contact our intake coordinator at 604-538-2522 or by email: suservices@sourcesbc.ca 


Our Philosophy:

Sources Addiction Services follows a Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual understanding of how one comes to have an addiction as well as how to treat this problem.  Nobody ever begins using substances believing that they will become addicted.  We do not believe that addiction is a disease in the traditional medical sense of the word. Much semantics can be held around this word and we choose not to use it for its connotation of helplessness once contracted. Addiction is a maladaptive choice that one makes and has trouble managing, based on issues compounding them from many areas of life— hence, Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual.

Through careful and intense exploration of one’s issues and influences, a person can become aware of how their addiction manifests itself, gaining greater control over its influence. We believe that once many underlying issues from the past are processed and put to rest, one does not need this maladaptive coping mechanism as strongly (Psychological). Does it just go away? No. Ongoing awareness and balance in one’s life is necessary. Further, current research on the brain shows it will take time for some parts of the brain to heal and to retrain the brain to enjoy pleasure around normal life experiences, as well as, change old ways of thinking, behaving, and feeling. Over time, the frequency and intensity of compulsions gets less and less as long as the person protects the natural healing process.  Due to neuroplasticity a person can change their brain! Diet, exercise and sleep are also very important in recovery (biological). It is crucial that one leaves treatment to a supportive environment and somewhere that is safe (social). Lastly, all human beings need some sense of meaning and purpose in their lives and leaving addiction behind entails putting something real, authentic, and valuable in its place (spiritual). Again, the cause of addiction is multidimensional and it takes a multidimensional, or holistic, approach to change one’s life to that of health, wholeness and wellness.


Our Approach:

Our approach is a humanistic, client-directed approach that follows outcomes. It is important for our clients to be treated as adults, with respect, compassion, and understanding. We also believe in facilitating accountability, honesty, and responsibility. We choose to see and help the whole person, believing that the misuse of substance is tied to everything. Lastly, our approach is pragmatic in the sense that we work hard to figure out what works, what makes sense, and what meets a client where they are. We do not follow one major ideological framework that guides all our decisions; therefore, how we treat one client might not fit another. We also work hard to take into consideration how an individual or their treatment may impact the greater treatment community. This makes our work tough but effective, and requires creativity, objectivity, and flexibility. We ultimately want to challenge our clients to make new decisions in their life by empowering them, educating them, and supporting them.


Your feedback directs our work together:

We are committed to you achieving your desired outcomes as a team.  What this means is that we have a formal way of checking to make sure that we are on track with you, that our approach makes sense and that what we are doing together is translating into life feeling different between sessions.  At the beginning of each session, we ask clients to complete a brief form that gives us an idea of how you are doing in a few


Our Addiction Services:


Groups


  • Choices:  A specialized 8 week psycho-educational groups called Choices that run several times throughout the year.
  • Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention: In this group, participants cultivate a capacity for mindful awareness to support them in their recovery
  • Seeking Safety:  For anyone who may have encountered overwhelming life experiences that were traumatic in nature which when triggered in the present may lead someone to use substances.
  • Affected Others Support Group: Through this support group, we provide a confidential, safe and non-judgmental environment for people to share their experiences of struggle and hope with others who can relate (this group runs continuously: please see group page for more info)
  • Emotional Wellness: A 6 week therapy group for those in recovery with anxiety and/or depression.


Visit the Addiction Services Groups Page >>



Referrals

The Addiction Services counsellors assess client needs and provide referrals to appropriate services and programs within the community including residential services. Emphasis is placed on matching client needs and preferences with the most appropriate residential treatment program. Some clients may prefer treatment programs that are 12-step orientated whereas others desire a wellness model focus. These programs can also be same sex only or mixed sex and vary in length from one to three months or longer.  If you think you might need help through difficult withdrawal symptoms you may directly contact Creekside Withdrawal Management for their residential detox or daytox programs at 604-587-3755.


Presentations

Addiction Services provides school based presentations on drugs, addiction and even effective stress management techniques. Presentations can be specifically tailored to suit the needs of particular classrooms or groups. In addition professional development workshops related to substance misuse or addiction are available for a variety of professional and community groups upon request (604-538-2522).


Drug Testing Kits

The Addiction Services program sells urine based drug testing kits that are simple and easy to use. The single test kits can screen for drugs in the body such as cocaine, and marijuana and sell for only $7.00 each. The multi-test kits can screen for up to 10 drugs at one time and are available for $20.00 each. Information on how to use the test kits along with drug detection times are included along with each test kit sold. Contact 604-538-2522 for additional information.

View a video demonstration of how a drug test works


Recommendations regarding Drug testing Kits

If you have purchased a drug testing kit from Sources, you most likely are hoping to improve the level of trust between you and someone you care about. We are providing drug testing kits as one method for families to address concerns about substance use and to restore trusting relationships. We offer the following information and recommendations for you to be able to make informed choices.

Recommendations:

- If you are asking someone else to provide you with a sample, take some time to consider the outcome you are hoping to achieve. Sources considers drug testing as a way of restoring or maintaining trust and security in a relationship. We caution against using drug testing solely as a way of playing detective and attempting to "catch" someone as this can have the effect of increasing cycles of mistrust and power struggles in the form of a "cat and mouse" scenario.

- Prepare yourself for how to intend to respond to either result. It is common and natural to experience strong emotional reactions of anger or fear; however, a positive test result can be the beginning of an important dialogue. We encourage you to ensure that your response opens up communication as our experience in working with many families tells us that maintaining an attitude of caring and concern tends to keep those channles open over the long term.

- If you are experiencing ongoing concerns in your family in regards to substance use, we strongly recommend that you consider education and counselling for yourself and any other members of your family who are open.



Drug Prevention and Education Videos

The Sources Addiction Services program produces videos dealing with drug prevention and the affect addiction has on our community.  Visit our Video Gallery >>