Help with addictions

Interior Health is introducing a new alcohol and drug intensive program (ADIP) this month

Interior Health is introducing a new alcohol and drug intensive program (ADIP) this month.

ADIP is a four-week, three days-a-week intensive outpatient program for adults who are experiencing challenges with substance use.

“It provides a safe environment in which participants are encouraged to relate to themselves and others in a more authentic and healthy way to gain more insight into and skills to cope with their substance issues,” reads an IH document.

The program is described as being a great alternative to residential treatment.

The program outlines several goals.

• educate clients about the development and patterns of addiction, triggers and cravings, relapse prevention, the process of change, the role of support groups and stress and coping skills;

• explore underlying issues that may have contributed to substance use;

• gain further awareness of the role substance use plays in clients’ lives and to recreate their life story and

• experience and release some of the emotional barriers in the way of meeting their recovery goals.

Clients will explore relevant topics through videos, lectures, discussions, homework and group activities.

The next group will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays from Nov. 25 to Dec. 11 at the downtown office of Mental Health and Substance Use at 431 Hudson Ave.

Referrals to the ADIP can be made through a clinician or through the substance abuse intake process Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mental Health and Substance Use office.

For more information, call 250-833-4103.


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