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Enhanced withdrawal management services now open in Mount Waddington

January 21, 2016

The new five-bed space is located at New Beginnings House and is managed by the North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre Society in partnership with Island Health. The anticipated length of stay for clients is five to 10 days.

“Our government is pleased that Mount Waddington clients now have access to these residential supports closer to home, where they will benefit from being in a familiar environment close to family and friends,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “These new beds contribute to the government’s commitment to add 500 substance use withdrawal beds throughout the Province by 2017.”

The community residential withdrawal management service provides supports to adult clients who are experiencing substance use challenges or who are in withdrawal from alcohol and/or other drug use. The service is an alternative to hospital-based detox, and provides many clients with access to withdrawal management services closer to home. Residents are supported by staff 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“This is a safe, welcoming, community-based alternative for those who need help to withdraw from alcohol, substances or a combination of the two,” said Island Health Board Chair Don Hubbard. “We know that having the opportunity to withdraw in a safe, supportive and respectful environment will improve outcomes for our clients.”

“It’s very exciting that residents of Mount Waddington are able to access withdrawal management services locally,” said Althea Vermaas, Executive Director of the North Island Crisis and Counselling Centre Society. “This facility provides an opportunity for individuals to withdraw from alcohol and/or drugs near their community and close to their support network.  It is a significant step in helping people live healthier lives.  We look forward to working with all communities and employers to make the program responsive to their needs and culturally safe.”

“The withdrawal management beds at New Beginnings represent the dedicated efforts of those who have worked for more than eight years to create and support recovery services for our community members who have suffered trauma and live with addictions,” said Shirley Ackland, Chair of Addictions Services Planning for the Mount Waddington Health Network. Ackland thanked the families of Debbie Coon and Albert Prevost, whose deaths in 2008 underlined the need for accessible, community-based withdrawal management services in Mount Waddington.

“This facility will be a reminder to all that people who suffer with addictions deserve to be safe, warm, and supported as they withdraw,” she said. “We will remember Debbie and Albert and honour their lives by acknowledging that support and caring are essential for people to heal.”

Media Inquiries:
Val Wilson
Regional Manager, Communications
Island Health
250-739-6303
Valerie.wilson@viha.ca