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
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Alcohol & Drug Services - Treatment
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
Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5777
Alcohol & Drug Services - Treatment (H-7)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
Location: Sarah Steele Building |609 Steele Street | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]