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Transitions Program


Introduction & Program Features

The Transitions Program provides Withdrawal Management and Supportive Recovery for youth ages 13-19 who would like to take a break from substances.  

The programs take place in supportive, family environmentwe call Care HomesParticipants will have their own room, be provided with transportation, and will share meals, chores, and maybe even new hobbies.   

While staying at a Care Home, participants will attend the Pathways to Wellness ProgramThis program will include other youth, will be guided by our fun and energetic Group Facilitators, and will include activities such as recreation, cookingart, sports, cultural events, and community adventures 

At Transitions, it is important that all participants and staff feel respected and safe. All cultural backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, gender identities, and sexual orientations are welcomed and celebrated.  


Withdrawal Managment

  • Most participantsin this phase stay 7-10 days. This may look a little different depending on their needs.  
  • This program is non-medical. Participants need to see a doctor or nurse practitioner (NP) to complete a form called a Medical Screen. This form is required and lets us know that youth can safely withdraw from substances in our program. 
  • During this time,participants will have a chance to rest, get to know the Care Home Provider, and focus on hobbies and activities.  
  • After this phase, participants may choose to stay in this same Care Home and continue into Supportive Recovery. 


Supportive Recovery

  • The length of time in Supportive Recovery depends on individual needs, generally 1 to 3 months. 
  • Supportive Recovery is a chance to stay in a supportive environment while working towards participant goals with our staff and other community supports. 
  • Participants will attend our Pathways to Wellness program and participate in recreation activities with our youth workers 


Pathways to Wellness

  • Grouprogramming runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for those staying in our Care Homes.   
  • Activities are created with participant interests in mind.  
  • Activities include art, sports, recreation, community outings, music, cooking, and more!  
  • While participating in this program, we will also explore and connect with other community supports and programs 


How are our services different during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Due to COVID 19, our structure of programming has changed as we are unable to accommodate community participants in our group space. We created Group-on-the-Go to provide opportunities for youth to participate in fun activities from home.  Our goal is to connect with youth who are experiencing challenges with substances and who are disconnected. 

Group on the Go 

  • Program is available for youth ages 13-19 in Nanaimo. 
  • Group facilitators drop off Group on the Go Boxes weekly. 
  • These boxes include a meal to cook at home, activities focused on art, recreation, mindfulness, and building community connections.  


Contact Us

For referrals or additional information, call or text the Youth and Family Navigator at 250-714-8167.  

The Youth and Family Navigator can help you decide if our program is a good fit, or to connect you with other community supports to best meet your needs.