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Transitions Program


Youth Withdrawal and Stabilization Program

Transitions is designed to help youth and their families with problematic drug and alcohol use achieve their goal of abstinence or reduction of harmful consequences of substance abuse.

The program is voluntary, and offers non-medical support to youth between the ages of 12 -19 years in a private, safe, chemical-free and supportive care home setting.

Program Features

We provide a safe placement emphasizing protective and supportive elements of family living while encouraging and providing opportunities for independent growth and responsible community living, mutual self-help, assistance in economic, educational, vocational and social adjustment, the integration of life skills into daily life, and a solid recovery plan.

Referrals can be made directly to the Transitions Program by social workers, substance use counsellors, probation officers, mental health workers,  and/or other professional support workers. Please contact the Transition Intake Line 250-714-8167 Monday to Friday if you require additional information.  Transitions also links with the LIFT Program provided through NARSF for counselling and support for families and youth. Refer to the sidebar for necessary referral, medical and screening forms.

Our Staff

  • Knowledgeable and experienced staff with brief and comprehensive substance use assessment, counseling and treatment approaches
  • Qualified staff experienced in providing withdrawal management and stabilization support services
  • The provision of qaulity Care Home Operators
  • Youth friendly, home-like environment
  • Support staff available on a flexible basis to work with youth

Some Things You Can Expect


In order to offer you an individualized service plan we first want to gain a thorough understanding of what is happening in your life. Our team works with you and your family to develop a comprehensive assessment of your substance use and any physical or mental health concerns.


A service plan will be developed in collaboration with you, your family, other involved professionals and the Transition’s Program Coordinator. The service plan will identify goals and objectives and the process for achieving these goals. This will be reviewed monthly and may be modified as required.


When you enter the Care Home a set of program expectations and guidelines will be reviewed with you and you will be given the chance to ask questions before you sign them.  Respect for each other in the home is the basis of all successful placements. Unique Care Home specific expectations will also be discussed during intake.


Youth are encouraged to only bring the necessary clothes and personal items, generally in the  amount of two medium travel bags. There is limited storage space in the homes so be selective when choosing what to bring.

Prior to entering the program, a thorough inventory of your personal belongings will be completed by a Transition Program Care Coordinator.  Your room may be checked at any time by the Care Home Provider and/or the Transitions Care Coordinator.


If you are placed in a care home you will be expected to attend school, work, or a vocational program. Your Care Coordinator will work with you to develop a program suited to your needs.


In order to be successful at school or work we encourage you to develop healthy sleeping habits so that you are up early and ready to go each day.


Issues such as relapse prevention, life skills, communication styles etc. will be offered to you during your stay. A recovery workbook will be provided to you and Transitions staff will help you work through this and review your learning in the process.


Our program is geared to support your goals during your placement. Your supports may include  assistance with a job search, recreation, social activities or other activities that support your plan. It is important that you share your interests, strengths, and preferences during intake so that a tailored plan can be developed with you.


You will be invited to participate in family activities while in the Care Home. You will have your own room and your privacy will be respected.  Over time, you and your Care Home Provider will find a  balance between time alone and time with family.


Your contact and visitation with family will be discussed during intake. Our hope is to support and strengthen your connection to your family wherever possible.


You will learn specific information regarding the physical, emotional, and psychological impact regarding substance use and addiction. Ongoing drug and alcohol counselling will be provided by Discovery in most circumstances.


A contact list of friends and family will be created by you with the approval of the Transitions Care Coordinator. Phone calls will be allowed only to those persons on the ‘safe contact’ list.


You are encouraged to develop and maintain contact with other professionals in the community (or in your home community). Visits from social workers,  alcohol and drug counsellors, probation officers, or clergy are welcomed either in the home (with notice) or in the community (based on appointment).


If placed in a Care Home, transportation will be arranged as appropriate. You may be asked to take the bus to school or work. You and your family will be asked to participate in transportation arrangements when you go on a home visit.


Because you will only be placed with us temporarily, discharge planning is crucial and begins during the intake process. You may discharge yourself from the program at any time of your choosing. You will be asked to complete a voluntary discharge plan prior to entering a Care Home. This plan will identify individuals who are able to respond to the plan’s arrangement for voluntary discharge. If you leave anything behind at the Care Home every effort will be made to contact you so that you can retrieve your belongings.


We will invite you to learn about how substances have impacted your journey in life. We will encourage you to explore all the areas that influence your life including family, friends, school, recreation.


Funding for the program is provided by Island Health. There are no fees for the program. If activities within a unique care plan are developed that are out of scope of the Transitions Program, families may be asked to contribute to costs.