Discovery Youth & Family Substance Use Services

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Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services offers free community-based counselling services, access to residential care and treatment for youth struggling with substance use. We assist youth and/or their families to reduce the harms associated with substance use and related issues. 

Discovery’s services are available to anyone in the community directly or indirectly impacted by substance use. 

This includes:
•    Youth aged 13 to 19 who have concerns about alcohol or drug use
•    Families/Caregivers who are concerned about a youth using alcohol or drugs 
•    Any support person who is worried about a youth’s use of alcohol or drugs
•    Youth who are affected by someone else’s use of alcohol or drugs 
 

Our Commitment

Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services on Vancouver Island are committed to providing effective, integrated, strength-based community services that are accessible and accountable to youth and their supports. Youth, their families and relevant others will be offered services based on their own goals and can expect our services and staff to be:

  • Welcoming
  • Confidential
  • Respectful
  • Client-directed
  • Non- judgmental
  • Supportive
  • Informative
  • Strength-based

Referrals: 

Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services are available throughout Vancouver Island and can be reached by calling any of the phone numbers below, or by e-mail. For new referrals, ask to speak with the Intake Counsellor.

You can reach the Greater Victoria office via e-mail at discovery.southisland@viha.ca

Contact the Central/North locations by email at discovery@viha.ca.

Referral forms: 

Victoria-South Island Discovery referral form 
Central Island Discovery referral form 
Mt. Waddington area referral form 
 


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If you have a compliment or a concern regarding the program please visit the Compliments & Complaints page to learn more. 
 

General Information on Discovery Youth & Family Substance Use Services

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How to Get Referral

Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use Services are available throughout Vancouver Island and can be reached by calling any of the phone numbers below, or by e-mail. For new referrals, ask to speak with the Intake Counsellor.

You can reach the Greater Victoria office via e-mail at discovery.southisland@viha.ca

Contact the Central/North locations by email at discovery@viha.ca.

Referral forms: 

Victoria-South Island Discovery referral form 
Central Island Discovery referral form 
Mt. Waddington area referral form 

Contact Us

Locations:

Victoria/South Island
Esquimalt Health Unit
530 Fraser St, 2nd Floor
Victoria, B.C.  V9A 6H7
Phone: 250‐519‐5313
Fax: 250‐519‐5314
Hours: 8:30 a.m. ‐ 4:30 p.m.

Cowichan Valley Area
371 Festubert St
Duncan, B.C.  V9L 3T1
Phone: 250‐737‐2029
Fax: 250‐709‐3046
Hours: by appointment only

Ladysmith
1111 – 4th Ave
Ladysmith, B.C. V9G 1A1
Phone:  250‐739‐5790
Fax: 250‐740‐2672
Hours: by appointment

Nanaimo
206 – 96 Cavan St
Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2V1
Phone: 250‐739‐5790
Fax: 250‐740‐2672
Hours: 8:30 a.m. ‐ 5 p.m.

Parksville/Qualicum
Parksville Family Place
494 Bay Ave, Box 339‐0
Parksville, B.C. V9P 2G5
Phone: 250‐947‐8215
Fax: 250‐947‐8244
Hours: by appointment

Mt. Waddington
7305 Market St, Box 1035
Port Hardy, B.C.  V0N 2P0
Phone: 250‐902‐6063
Fax: 250‐902‐6064
Hours: by appointment

Other Locations:
Please note that in some locations services are available through our community partners. Please download our contact list: Youth and Family Substance Use Services by Area.

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