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
From Grief to Action: When Addiction Hits Home
A voice and support network for family and friends affected by substance abuse
BC Alcohol and Drug Information Referral Service
(Greater Vancouver) 604-660-9382
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 www.quitnow.ca 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.