Discovery Youth & Family Substance Use Services

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Discovery offers free community-based counselling services and access to residential care and treatment for youth ages 13-19. We assist youth and/or their families to reduce the harms associated with substance use and related issues.

Discovery Youth and Family Substance Use 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 other drug use
  • Families/caregivers who are concerned about a youth using alcohol or other drugs
  • Any support person who is worried about a youth's use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Youth who are affected by someone else's use of alcohol or other 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

Concerned about the quality of care?

If you have any concerns about your service with the Discovery program, please speak to the Discovery Coordinator in your region:

If you are uncomfortable speaking with the Coordinator, or if you are unhappy about how your concerns were handled, you can talk to the Patient Care Quality Office at 1-877-977-5797 or email

General Information on Discovery Youth & Family Substance Use Services

Referral Required?
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.  For new referrals, ask to speak with the Intake Counsellor.

They can also be reached by emailing the Greater Victoria office at or Central/North locations at

Contact Us

Victoria/South Island

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

Cowichan Valley Area

371 Festubert St
Duncan, B.C.
V9L 3T1
Fax: 250‐709‐3046
Hours: by appointment


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


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


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

Mt Waddington

Box 1035
7305 Market St
Port Hardy, B.C.
V0N 2P0
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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