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Substance Use Services - Treatment

The Treatment Services Unit offers three treatment options: Counselling - including a groups, Intensive (live-in) Treatment programs, and Youth Treatment/Counselling.

Counselling Services

Our Counselling Services provide individual one-on-one counselling, support and education for people who are looking for help regarding substance abuse issues. 

The following services are available:

  • Drop-in counselling on a same-day basis every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is no wait list and all services are free to Yukoners. Please call on Wednesday morning to set up a same-day appointment. 
  • Brief counselling (two sessions) option for individuals who may not require further counselling
  • Treatment matching (referral to the program that best meets the needs of an individual, and/or referral to another organization)
  • Screening and assessment for problematic substance use
  • Individual counselling and support to families
  • Treatment of concurrent disorders
  • Pre-treatment counselling and preparation for Intensive Treatment
  • Aftercare support, support,  psycho-educational, and skill based groups
  • Recovery Support Group Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m

Youth Services

We offer addiction prevention, education and counseling/treatment services to students in grades 5-12 in Whitehorse schools.  Youth not involved in school can also access this service. The Youth Addiction Counselors offer partnerships with community youth organizations to provide counseling, training and capacity building. 

Services provided:

  • Screening and  assessment for problematic substance use
  • Individual  counseling and support to youth, parents, and families
  • Case management and referral to appropriate resources
  • School based prevention and counseling
  • Educational workshops for teachers, parents and students
  • Collaborative counselling and education for youth treatment camps and wilderness activities.
  • For information on the youth withdrawal management unit, please see Withdrawal Management

Intensive Treatment Programs (live-in)

We offer two separate live-in Intensive Treatment Programs for adults: 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 require a minimum commitment of 42 days and a maximum of 90 days. The length of a stay is determined by the participant's goals and the counsellors' recommendations.

This service is free to Yukoners.

Location: Sarah Steele Building, 609 Steele Street, Whitehorse

Services provided:

  • Treatment planning: each participate will receive support in identifying their personal treatment goals and develop a plan to address them.
  • Group and individual counselling
  • Skill development in key areas to support recovery
  • Case management and referral to appropriate resources
  • Aftercare and relapse prevention planning: each participant will receive support to develop a personalized aftercare and relapse prevention plan during and prior to leaving the program
  • Support in transitioning out of the program

Application Information

  • Sober and/or clean from alcohol and other drugs for a minimum of 5 days
    Before being admitted into the program, participants must have been sober and/or clean from alcohol and other drugs for a minimum of 5 days.  Anyone who is interested in attending this program and who thinks he or she will need help being clean and sober for the required 5 days, may call the intake worker at (867) 456-3838, or the Withdrawal Management Services at (867) 667-8473, to talk about how we may be able to assist with withdrawal. For more information visit withdrawal management services .
  • Medical assessment
    You will need to complete a medical assessment as part of your application for treatment.  Upon admission you will meet with a nurse to discuss any medical needs you may have during your stay.

The maximum number of resident in each program is 10. Applicants need to be screened for readiness and suitability. Submitting an application does not guarantee a spot in the program.

The Programs are based on a continuous intake model, which means that new clients are accepted into the programs on a regular basis - based on bed availability. 

How to apply if you are from Whitehorse:
Call 456–3838 and ask for an intake appointment with a counsellor. 
The intake counsellor will be able to answer your questions about the program and work with you to apply for the Intensive Treatment Program should the program be a good fit for you at this point in time.

How to apply if you are from outside of Whitehorse:
Call the Mental Wellness and Substance Use Counsellor in your community and request an intake appointment for the Intensive Treatment Program. 
The counsellor will be able to answer your questions about the program and work with you to apply for the Intensive Treatment Program should the program be a good fit for you at this point in time.
OR: call toll free 1-866-456-3838 and ask for the name and contact number for the counsellor in your community.

    Program Guidelines


    • Full participation in all activities is a treatment requirement. These activities include morning walks and other forms of exercise, group therapy, art therapy, individual counselling, psycho-educational workshops, relaxation exercises, 12 step meetings, and other recreational activities.
    • No one is excused from any of these activities without a valid reason.

    Abstinence from Substances

    • Residents are expected to abstain from substances while in treatment.
    • You are permitted to smoke cigarettes outside, 5 meters from doorways. Support to quit smoking will be offered to you during your stay, and we encourage you to try.

    Treatment schedule and rules

    • You are expected to follow the treatment schedule and rules.
    • Structure is a necessary and important part of the treatment process. Learning to live with treatment rules and schedules will also help you develop rules and schedules for yourself and help you on your healing journey after treatment.

    Living Space

    • All bedrooms are single rooms, with bathrooms shared between 2-3 bedrooms.
    • You are expected to keep your sleeping area clean and tidy and to do your part in keeping all group areas clean and tidy.

    Living and Learning with Others

    • You will be spending all day in group therapy and workshops with the same people. You may not know any of the other group members when you start, but you will get to know a lot about them and they will know a lot about you.
    • Our goal is to help each treatment group develop a trusting atmosphere so that members of the group feel safe enough to talk about themselves openly. It is up to each individual to decide how far to go with this.

    Outside Appointments

    • Please do not schedule outside appointments, including court dates, while in the program. This is a time to focus on recovery.

    Health Services and Medications

    • Nurses are available 24 hours to address health concerns. They may refer you to see our physician.
    • Residents may be allowed to visit their doctor or dentist in special circumstances only with permission from staff, and will be sent to the hospital in case of emergency.
    • All medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, must be turned over to the residential attendants upon admission. Prescribed medications will be dispensed by nurses. Medications not approved for use while in the treatment program will be disposed of by nurses.
    • All vitamins and supplements must be approved by a physician/NP and will be dispensed by nurses.
    • Medications should be in their original packaging, clearly labeled, and  not expired.


    • For the protection and confidentiality of all residents we are generally unable to accommodate visitors. If you wish to visit with your family or support persons, speak to your counsellor regarding your specific requests
    • Passes for special events and outings may be granted.


    • There is no parking available for residents’ vehicles.
    • Transportation will be provided for all required recreational and other programming.

    Computer Use

    • Personal computers/tablets are not permitted.
    • You will have access to a shared computer in the lobby in the evening for job searches, housing searches, and other activities related to recovery. Downloading/viewing pornography, gambling, and gaming are prohibited.

    Search at Check-In and What Not to Bring

    • Belongings will be thoroughly searched at check-in. Confiscated items will be placed in safekeeping for residents for the duration of the program. Any illegal items (drugs, drug paraphernalia, etc.) will be disposed of.

    Do not bring

    • Computers, tablets
    • Inappropriate reading
    • Materials (violence, pornography, sexually-explicit, etc.)
    • Clothing or other items with logos or pictures displaying alcohol, drugs or profanity
    • Knives or other potential weapons
    • Over-the-counter medications (cough syrup, Tylenol, cold remedies etc.)
    • Products containing alcohol (e.g. nail polish remover)
    • Perfumes, air fresheners, or other scented products (for the safety and comfort of residents and staff who are sensitive to synthetic fragrances)
    • Large sums of money or valuables (we cannot guarantee their safety)

    Money and Valuables

    • There are no locks on the bedroom doors and Residents must assume responsibility for their own cash and belongings.
    • Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


    Contact info

    Alcohol & Drug Services - Treatment

    For a list of services provided in Yukon Communities please visit our Alcohol & Drug Yukon-wide Services

    Phone: 867-456-3838


    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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