EKASS still providing help to those dealing with substance use

EKASS still providing help to those dealing with substance use

With COVID-19 dominating headlines it can be easy to forget about other issues face by groups of people in society that haven’t gone away. Drug and alcohol abuse, for example, is still a prevalent issue that, if anything, is adversely impacted by the stress, uncertainty and economic upset accompanying this pandemic.
“I think certainly the whole COVID issue is having potentially a number of different impacts on people who might be having issues with substance use,” Dean Nicholson, executive director and substance use counsellor with East Kootenay Addiction Services Society (EKASS), told the Bulletin.

Read the entire Cranbrook Townsman article here

Managing the COVID-19 Virus Update

Managing the COVID-19 Virus Update

As part of our response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EKASS follow recommendations of the Federal and Provincial Governments, and closed offices effective March 18, 2020. The office will be closed indefinitely to stay in line with the precautions of self-distancing suggested by the Federal Government.We continuing to provide counselling services to clients via phone or web-based options. Clients on the OAT Program will be contacted by the doctors at the Interior Chemical Dependency Office in Kamloops to ensure they continue to receive scripts.Harm Reduction supplies are available through continued supply to our community partners. Links to resources and support are available by clicking the button below.
We recognize these are stressful times. We are here to support you as we navigate this situation together. If you have questions or concerns, or to book an appointment, please call the Cranbrook office for further information. We check phone messages daily and respond as quickly as we can.

COVID-19 Coping Resources

Self-help meetings

Self-help meetings

In a self-help group, the members share a common problem or addiction. Their mutual goal is to help each other to deal with, if possible to heal or to recover from, this problem.

** Due to COVID 19, please call any meeting directly with the contact information provided on the Self Help Schedules before attending as groups have been cancelled or have alternate ways of providing service. See the link below for a list of online support groups**

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Our Services

East Kootenay Addiction Services Society provides free and confidential counselling to youth, adults, couples and families dealing with difficulties from their own or someone else's substance use. In addition, we provide referral to approved residential treatment and detox facilities, school based educational programs, community education, outreach, harm reduction programs and our youth Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program (TEAM).

Whether you are here for information about substances, looking for resources or looking to accessing services, we're glad you're here.