Substance Abuse

This section of the website provides resources on the topic of substance abuse with resources available in multiple languages.

BC Resources

Here To Help
Information on various form of substance abuse in multiple languages is available on the website.

Multilingual Information for patients and families from the Family Physician Guide
This guide covers a section on diversity issues, clinical consideration in cross cultural issues, as well as multilingual information sheets on anxiety, depression, early psychosis, and substance use in Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese.

This is a 24 hour information and referral line that offers confidential services to callers throughout the Lower Mainland. Callers can get information on resources ranging from housing /shelters to counselling and employment. The Redbook Online (a database of resources) can also be found on their website. The number to call is 211.

The Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service 
A 24 hour multilingual resource for people seeking information or referrals for support groups (12 step and non-12 step), needle exchanges, recovery houses, programs, resources, drug effects, medicinal marijuana, quitting smoking and more. If you are in the Lower Mainland, call 604.660.9382; elsewhere in BC call 1.800.663.1441.  An intake counsellor will be able to make a referral for you over the phone.

Call 811 or visit the website to get information on health, addictions and related topics. This resource can help you to locate a clinic or specialized health service. As well, you can speak to a Public Health Nurse about symptoms or concerns instantly (service is confidential, multi-lingual and available 24 hours a day).

The Survival Manual
This website provides a compilation of services focusing on the Lower Mainland for anyone facing change, addiction, a crisis situation, homelessness or hunger.

Centre for Addiction Research for B.C
The Centre for Addictions Research of BC (CARBC) is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm. The provincial research network involves a partnership between Simon Fraser University, Thompson Rivers University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Northern British Columbia and the University of Victoria. The Centre is administered by the University of Victoria.

Hoarding Action Response Team
The Hoarding Action Response Team (HART) is a partnership between the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Coastal Health, providing a coordinated community response to those impacted by hoarding.

Canadian Resources

Information in Languages other than English, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
The Multilingual Resources section has been created to provide multi-language information on mental health and addiction to people for whom English is not a first language and professionals who work with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Substance Use and Immigrant Youth, Caring for Kids New to Canada
This website discusses the topic of substance abuse amongst immigrant youth including treatment barriers and risk and protective factors.

National Anti-Drug Strategy, Government of Canada
The National Anti-Drug Strategy, which was launched in 2007 by the federal government, can be accessed via this website.

Substance abuse, Government of Canada
This website provides information about drugs and substances that have the potential to be misused or abused, like controlled and illegal drugs, prescription drugs, alcohol and other substances

Drug Abuse Prevention Standards, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
The Canadian Standards provide teams with guidance — based on the best available evidence — on how best to plan, select, implement and evaluate their prevention efforts.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Canada’s national addictions agency offering a directory on various resources and information.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
The website of Canada’s largest mental health and addictions teaching hospital provides a variety of resources on the topic of substance abuse.

Substance Abuse, About Kids Health
This website provides information for parents on how to talk to their children about addiction and substance abuse.

International Resources

Medline Plus
This US website provides health information including information on addiction and substance abuse in multiple languages.

Health Information Translations: Health Education Resources for Diverse Populations
Education resources in multiple languages for health care professionals and others to use in their communities. Search by health topic, language or keyword.

Healthy Roads Media   
Health information in many languages and multiple formats including quitting smoking and substance abuse resources. Click on a topic or a language to find health and patient education materials in a variety of formats (handouts, audio, web-video, iPod video).

MultiCultural Health Communication
This Australian website provides health information including information on addiction and substance abuse in multiple languages. Information and services to help health professionals communicate with non-English speaking communities in 64 languages.

Quit Smoking

QuitNow is an internet-based quit smoking service that is available free-of-charge to BC residents.

QuitNow by phone: 1-877-455-2233 FREE
QuitNow by phone is a confidential tobacco cessation helpline available free-of-charge to BC residents. The service is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, so that callers can seek help when they need it most. Multilingual service is available.

This website provides resources on quitting smoking in the following languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Karen, Korean, Kurdish, Macedonian, Persian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Sudanese, Tigrinya, Turkish and Vietnamese.


Quit Alcohol
This website provides information and support for individuals looking to quit drinking alcohol.

Alcohol, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse’s website provides information and resources on a variety of topics relating to substance abuse including alcoholism.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention: Canadian Perspectives
This resource describes what has been learned about prevention of FASD in the course of implementation of health promotion and prevention strategies across Canada.

Alcohol and Aging, Government of BC
Information is provided on this website regarding the health effects of alcohol usage.


Above The Influence
This website empowers young people to recognize and face the influences around us, including the pressure to abuse drugs and alcohol.

Four Pillars Drug Strategy
Vancouver’s Four Pillars Drug Strategy is a coordinated, comprehensive approach that balances public order and public health in order to create a safer, healthier community.


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