The program provides a wide range of services: individual and/or group counselling and parent/caregiver support, referrals for other services including detox and live-in/bed-based residential treatment, substance use information, education, parent groups, and prevention and health promotion services for schools and the community.
We believe that substance use affects all walks of life and that problematic substance use is the result of a complex interaction between biological, psychological, spiritual, and social factors unique to each individual. We offer a supportive atmosphere, where youth are invited to explore drug and alcohol-related issues and consider options for a healthier lifestyle.
This program is funded by the Fraser Health Authority and free for people who live in the Tri-Cities, Anmore, or Belcarra
Who qualifies for service?
Youth aged 12-24 and their families concerned about their own substance use or the substance use of someone close to them.
If the individual is 12-18, stay on this page for more information below.
If you are 19-24 years old click here.
Who can complete a referral for youth 12-18 years old?
The most important piece about the referral is that the youth is informed about the referral and also provides their consent for the referral.
- A youth themselves can self-refer.
- A parent or caregiver (if a parent/caregiver refers, they will be offered support via the intake worker. The support offered will be separate from the youth’s counsellor, as not to interrupt confidentiality and the youth’s relationship with their counsellor)
- A supportive adult in the youth’s life, such as a counsellor, a family member, a teacher, youth worker, etc.
How to do a referral?
Our Youth Substance Use Services have different referral processes for 12-18 year old’s than for 19-24 year old’s.
If you are 12- 18 years old or an adult who would like to refer a youth who is 12-18 years (with their permission):
Call intake at 604.937.6969 or email email@example.com to initiate a referral.
If you are 19-24 years old click here.
What if I need interpretation?
Interpretation is available, please make a request for an interpreter during the intake or at any point you feel it is needed.
What will happen once I make a referral for a youth 12-18 years old?
Once your intake form has been sent, please expect a call within 2 business days from one of our intake workers with some further questions and to book an appointment.
The intake workers will schedule a service planning meeting where the youth will meet with one of our two counsellors to complete some initial “get to know you” paperwork.
How does counselling work during the pandemic?
Clients are given the option for phone or zoom counselling. If phone or zoom does not work for the client, they may be given the option of in-person sessions at our Clarke location, and will be required to do a covid-19 screening and follow covid-19 protocols during their visit.
What does it mean to “consent to service”?
We require informed consent from you to proceed with services. Before you consent to services, we will review your rights, your responsibility and confidentiality. We will make sure to answer all questions to the best of our ability to ensure that.
What are my rights are as a client?
You have a right to receive confidential service, to be free of abuse, exploitation, humiliation and neglect and to be treated with respect at all times. Further, you have a right to access any information that we have about you. If at any time you believe that your rights are not being respected, we encourage you to connect with your counsellor or other SHARE staff indicated on your consent to service form.
What does confidentiality look like between me and my counsellor?
Confidentiality will be talked about at your first appointment with your counsellor. Materials on Information Sharing within Mental Health and Substance Use in BC (click here to view PDF)
For more information:
For any questions, or to begin the referral process, please call our Front Desk at 604.540.9161 and press 1.
If you have any questions regarding the YSUS Counselling Program, please feel free to contact Substance Use Services Programs Supervisor Zdeno Rusnak, at 604.540.9161 ext. 522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Location: SHARE Family & Community Services – Clarke Office
2615 Clarke Street
Service Hours: Monday 8:30 to 7:00, Tuesday to Thursday 8:30 to 9:00 and Friday 8:30 to 3:30.
There are several services that you can access without a referral, these include:
Detox/ Withdrawal Management Services
Fraser Health - Adult and Youth
- Creekside Withdrawal Management Centre - 13740 94A Avenue, Surrey, 1-888-587-3755
Vancouver Coastal Health – Youth only
- Directions Youth Detox - (for youth age 21 and under), 1138 Burrard St., Vancouver, 1-866-249-6884