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Alcohol & Drug Services - Treatment

The Treatment Services Unit offers three treatment options: Outpatient Treatment including a Wednesday afternoon support group, Inpatient Treatment programs and Youth Treatment/Counseling, prevention and education.

Outpatient Treatment Services

Our Outpatient Treatment Services  provide (individual or one-on-one) counseling, support and education for people who are looking for help regarding substance abuse issues. 

The following services are available:

  • Alcohol and Drug Services now offers drop-in counselling on a first come, first served basis every Wednesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm and 1:15am to 3:30pm. There is no wait list to receive this service and all services are free to Yukoners.
  • Alcohol and Drug Services counselor working in the Justice department for mandated justice clients
  • Screening and alcohol and drug assessment
  • Individual counseling and support to families
  • Pre-treatment counseling and preparation for inpatient treatment
  • Aftercare support following an inpatient treatment program
  • Self-help groups and other support services
  • Recovery Support Group
  • Outreach counseling for Whitehorse agencies
  • A counselor available to Whitehorse medical clinics
  • Walk-in times for clients without appointments
  • Addiction/Mental Health counseling/treatment for clients with concurrent disorders

Inpatient Treatment Programs

Alcohol and Drug Services offers two separate live-in Intensive Treatment Programs: one for men and one for women.

Participants in the programs explore the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual effects of addiction and learn skills for living a substance free life. The programs are a minimum commitment of 30 days and a maximum of 90 days. The length of a stay is determined by the participant's needs and the counsellors' recommendations.

All services are free to Yukoners.

Location: Sarah Steele Building,609 Steele Street, Whitehorse

Men's and Women's Programs start October 12, 2016

  • Clients must be clean and sober for at least five days prior to the program start date.  Pre-treatment detoxification services are available if necessary through the Detox Unit.
  • The Inpatient Treatment programs are open to adult residents of the Yukon.
  • Inpatient Treatment addresses the underlying psychological, spiritual, behavioral and emotional aspects of the individual and his or her substance use issues.

Application Information

  • Applicants need to be screened for readiness and suitability. Submitting an application does not guarantee a spot in the program.
  • The maximum number of resident in each program is 10.
  • Spots are given on a first-come-first-served basis and are subject to suitability.

      Resident Guidelines

      Inpatient Treatment Program Resident Responsibilities

      At the start date of the program, residents must have been sober and/or clean from alcohol and other drugs for a minimum of 5 days.

      Any resident who thinks he or she will require detoxification services may call the intake worker at (867) 667-5777, or the Detox Unit at (867) 667-8473, to discuss this option.

      The use of alcohol or other drugs during the inpatient treatment program may result in client discharge.

      Guidelines

      • Programming begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
      • There will be no free time during program hours.
      • Lunch will be provided daily at 12:00 pm.
      • Clients will attend an AA meeting from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm daily, as part of the treatment program.
      • All program materials, including paper and pens, will be provided.
      • Any medications, prescription or otherwise, not authorized for use will be confiscated and disposed of.
      • Please wear comfortable, appropriate clothing: no alcohol or drug logos, no revealing blouses or shirts.
      • Please do not wear perfumes, colognes, or other scented products (for the comfort and the safety of clients and staff who are sensitive to fragrances).
      • Please do not schedule outside appointments, including court dates, during program hours (9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday). This is your time to focus on yourself and your recovery.
      • There is no parking available, please park on the street if you do bring a vehicle.
      • The Sarah Steele Building is a non-smoking environment. Smoking is permitted outside, at the back of the building only, and ashtrays are provided in the smoking area.
      • Belongings left in the building will be held for 30 days. After 30 days, items will be donated. 
      • A payphone is available for client use. Staff will pass on messages to clients re: any incoming calls.

      Graduation Ceremony

      Residents are encouraged to invite their families and friends to attend the graduation ceremony in support of their successful completion of the treatment program.

      When:  Graduation is held at 1:00 PM, on the final day of the program.
      Where: The basement of the United Church at 6th Ave. and Main St. in Whitehorse.

      If you have any concerns or questions that were not answered in this handout, please do not hesitate to contact the intake worker at (867) 667-5777.

      Congratulations on your decision to take this important step in your life.  We are committed to doing everything we can to help you be successful in your journey towards recovery.

    • Youth Services

      Alcohol and Drug Services offers addictions prevention, education and counseling/treatment services to students in grades 5-12 in Whitehorse schools.

      The Youth Addiction Counselors offer partnerships with community youth organizations to provide counseling, training and capacity building.

      We offer:

      • Assessments, counseling, treatment and referrals to community support services
      • Support to parents and families
      • School based prevention and counseling
      • Educational workshops for teachers, parents and students
      • Assistance in youth treatment camps and in-services

      Yukon Substance Abuse

      Drug and alcohol abuse is a serious problem in the Yukon.

      Here are some factors to consider:

      • RCMP report an increase in drug trafficking in the territory, specifically crack cocaine.
      • Yukon Crime Statistics indicate that in 2003, 55% of all assaults, including sexual, had alcohol involved.
      • The Yukon has a high risk population of heavy drinkers who consume alcohol and drugs at much higher rates than similar high risk users in the rest of Canada.
      • FASD is a serious problem and is often associated with the criminal behaviour, victimization, family violence and related social problems.
      • Tackling drug and alcohol abuse is a priority of the Government of Yukon.
      • The development of a Substance Abuse Action Plan will help guide the government's policy response to substance abuse in the territory. 

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      Contact info

      Alcohol & Drug Services - Treatment

      Business hours:
      From Whitehorse (8:00 am – 4:30 pm)    667-5777
      From communities, no charge (8:00 am – 4:30 pm) 1-855-667-5777

      For after-hours support:
      From Whitehorse (4:30 pm – 8:00 am) 667-8473
      From communities, no charge (4:30 pm – 8:00 am) 1-855-667-5777

      Phone: 867-667-5777

      Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5777

      Fax: 867-667-8471

      Mailing Address:

      Alcohol & Drug Services - Treatment (H-7)
      Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6

      Location: Sarah Steele Building |609 Steele Street | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]

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