Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings On Bowen Island

Tuesday Night – Collins Hall – Drop In at 7:15 p.m. Open to Anyone
Friday Night – AA Step Program “Candles and Candlelight” – At the Snug Cafe – Open Meeting – 7:15 p.m.

Access Central – Detox Referral Line – Telephone – North Vancouver

A Vancouver Coastal Health program that links people to detox and addiction housing services. Also helps find housing for people with addictions issues.
Open Sun-Mon 9 am – 9pm

BC Alcohol and Drug Information Referral Service

(Greater Vancouver) 604-660-9382

Problem Gambling

Help line for counseling information and referral 24 hrs a day.

BC Partners Program

Information source providing 24-hr taped information on various mental health and substance use disorders.
(Greater Vancouver) 604-669-7600

Orchard Recovery Centre

On Bowen Island, BC
Offers addiction themed programming with a foundation in the 12 step philosophy, relapse prevention and family programming.

Quit Smoking Programs

QuitNow Services (smoking cessation)

QuitNow Services provide a wide range of free smoking cessation services that are available around the clock for all B.C. residents. Trained care coaches will help develop a quit plan, deal with cravings and provide on-going support. QuitNow is available by phone, online at or through a free 14-week mobile texting service. Coaches are available 24/7/365 with translation services available in over 130 languages. QuitNow Services are delivered through the BC Lung Association.
Anywhere in B.C: 8-1-1 and ask for QuitNow
TTY (Deaf and hearing-impaired): 7-1-1 and ask for QuitNow

Allan Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking

There are many links on this website from videos to courses to take to written information. There have been a number of people on Bowen who recommend this man’s methods.

For a list of local practitioners and counsellors see a list of counsellors in our Health Resource Guide.

A TED talk on another way to think of addiction and addicts, the theme of which is how lack of connectedness is a marker or risk factor for addiction.