Upcoming Events

New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

Event Date: 31-Mar-2020

East Kootenay Addictions Services is building and adding to the COVID-19 Response Resources section of the website. Follow the link here COVID-19 Resources (http://www.ekass.com/ekass-links-amp-resources/covid-19-response-resources) for more info..

Posted by Theresa Bartraw on 31-Mar-2020

New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

Event Date: 31-Mar-2020

Published on 31-Mar-2020 by Theresa Bartraw New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

East Kootenay Addictions Services is building and adding to the COVID-19 Response Resources section of the website. Follow the link here COVID-19 Resources for more information

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Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update

Event Date: 25-Mar-2020

March 25, 2020 Dear Clients: As part of our ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EKASS has followed the recommendations of the Federal and Provincial Governments, and has closed all our offices effectiv..

Posted by Theresa Bartraw on 25-Mar-2020

Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update

Event Date: 25-Mar-2020

Published on 25-Mar-2020 by Theresa Bartraw Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update

March 25, 2020

Dear Clients:

As part of our ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EKASS has followed the recommendations of the Federal and Provincial Governments, and has closed all our offices effective March 18, 2020.    

To stay in line with the precautions suggested by the Federal Government of self-distancing, this office will be closed indefinitely.  Please check our website www.ekass.com for updated information and links to resources and supports.

We are continuing to provide counselling services to our clients via phone or webbased options.  

Clients on the OAT Program will be contacted by the doctors at the Interior Chemical Dependency Office in Kamloops to ensure that they continue to receive scripts.

Harm Reduction supplies continue to be available as we continue to provide supplies to our community partners.

We recognize that these are stressful times.  We are here to support you and want people to stay in touch as we navigate this situation together.  If you have questions or concerns, or to book an appointment, please call the Cranbrook office at 250-489-4344 for further information.  We will be checking the phones messages daily and responding as quickly as we can.

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Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program

Event Date: 4-May-2020

Communities throughout the East Kootenay region will be holding the Teen Empowerment and Mastery (TEAM) Program in May and June of 2020. Click here (http://ekass.sundock.ca/programs/Counselling/team) to learn more about TEAM. If you are a young perso..

Posted by EKASS on 14-Feb-2020

Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program

Event Date: 4-May-2020

Published on 14-Feb-2020 by EKASS Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program

Communities throughout the East Kootenay region will be holding the Teen Empowerment and Mastery (TEAM) Program in May and June of 2020. Click here to learn more about TEAM. If you are a young person interested in attending TEAM contact us at 1-877-489-4344 for more information.

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International Overdose Awareness Day

Event Date: 31-Aug-2020

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembe..

Posted by Theresa Bartraw on 28-Jul-2017

International Overdose Awareness Day

Event Date: 31-Aug-2020

Published on 28-Jul-2017 by Theresa Bartraw International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

Overdose Awareness Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver to show your support.

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Rock Solid

Event Date: 08-Sep-2020

Rock Solid running for East Kootenay schools during the fall of 2020 What is Rock Solid? Rock Solid is a wilderness based prevention education program designed for students transitioning from elementary school to high school. The t..

Posted by Theresa Bartraw on 28-Aug-2015

Rock Solid

Event Date: 08-Sep-2020

Published on 28-Aug-2015 by Theresa Bartraw Rock Solid

Rock Solid running for East Kootenay schools during the fall of 2020

What is Rock Solid?

Rock Solid is a wilderness based prevention education program designed for students transitioning from elementary school to high school. The transition from elementary school to high school requires a different level of skill and independence. Research indicates that a student’s positive experience in school and their larger community has a significant influence on lifelong learning, substance use patterns, social behaviours and health.

Rock Solid is a program that uses the theories of “Circle of Courage” and outdoor education to offer students the experience of knowing their strengths, personal limits, values and supports.  Our goal is promote healthy personal development through physical challenges and social interaction.

Youth in the East Kootenay dramatically change their use patterns from no use to experimenting during their transition from grade 7 to 8 and 8 to 9.  We also know many do not use substances. In knowing this we believe this transition period is an ideal time to introduce Rock Solid.

Rock Solid offers healthy connections, which are necessary when growing up safe.  Students also have lots of fun and are reminded of the importance of substance free play.

The non-traditional setting of the outdoors, gives students the opportunity to know their personal strengths and meet community support people who can be a positive influence.  The components of Rock Solid will increase students’ knowledge of substances, personal and family strengths and community resources to keep healthy.

Where and when does Rock Solid run?

Rock Solid is coordinated by East Kootenay Addiction Services Society.  It has 1-2 classroom sessions and 1 day-long outdoor session.

The program is offered to any middle/high school in the East Kootenay in collaboration with any of the three School Districts.

Any school interested in running Rock Solid, should contact Theresa Bartraw, Substance Use Prevention Coordinator at East Kootenay Addiction Services at 1-877-489-4344

East Kootenay Addictions Services runs similar professional development days for school staff teams.

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Recent Posts

  • EKASS is now offering a virtual mindfulness group

    Posted on: 22-May-2020

    Posted by EKASS | on 22-May-2020 EKASS is now offering a virtual mindfulness group

    Mind full or Mindful?

    East Kootenay Addictions Services Society is offering a 4 week Mindfulness Skills Training Group (once a week, for 2 hours on Tuesdays) for anyone who would like to reduce their suffering and learn to live a happier, more peaceful life. For more information and to register for this free series, contact Kari or Eleine at 250-489-4344

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  • Provincial Overdose Alert
  • Provincial Overdose Alert

    Posted on: 22-May-2020

    Posted by EKASS | on 22-May-2020 Provincial Overdose Alert

    BC PROVINCIAL OVERDOSE ALERT
     
    INCREASED DRUG TOXICITY REPORTED ACROSS BC  (BOTH STIMULANTS & DOWN)  
     

    • Fatal and non-fatal overdoses through smoking and injecting (stimulants and down) have increased over the last few weeks 
    • Severe overdoses related to smoking stimulants and down due to the rapid onset of effects  
    • Increased community overdose & drug alerts since March 22nd 

    FOR YOUR SAFETY:
     
    1) Use an Overdose Prevention Site, if you can. FIND AN OPS 
    2) Pick up a naloxone kit. FIND A SITE. Call ahead for hours. 
    3) Avoid using alone. Find a buddy or have someone check on you. 
    4) Talk to your doctor about ways to reduce the need to purchase substances, or experience withdrawal

    THIS IS A PROVINCIAL ALERT Check your local Health Authority websites for local alerts 
    To FIND AN OPS: https://www.stopoverdose.gov.bc.ca/theweekly/overdoseprevention-sites-supervised-consumption-services-drug-checking
    To FIND A SITE: towardtheheart.com/site-finder More info on accessing prescriptions: https://www.bccsu.ca/wpcontent/uploads/2020/04/Postcard-COVID-v2.pdf  
    For more information on ways to stay safe while using substances during COVID19 please check: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid19/priority-populations/people-who-use-substances  

    Date Posted: MAY 21, 2020     (remove by June 8, 2020)

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  • Cranbrook Food Resources
  • Cranbrook Food Resources

    Posted on: 03-Apr-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 03-Apr-2020 Cranbrook Food Resources

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Upcoming Events

  • New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

    Event Date: 31-Mar-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 31-Mar-2020 New additions to the COVID-19 resource section

    East Kootenay Addictions Services is building and adding to the COVID-19 Response Resources section of the website. Follow the link here COVID-19 Resources for more information

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  • Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update
    Event Date: 25-Mar-2020
  • Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update

    Event Date: 25-Mar-2020

    Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on 25-Mar-2020 Managing the Covid-19 Virus Update

    March 25, 2020

    Dear Clients:

    As part of our ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, EKASS has followed the recommendations of the Federal and Provincial Governments, and has closed all our offices effective March 18, 2020.    

    To stay in line with the precautions suggested by the Federal Government of self-distancing, this office will be closed indefinitely.  Please check our website www.ekass.com for updated information and links to resources and supports.

    We are continuing to provide counselling services to our clients via phone or webbased options.  

    Clients on the OAT Program will be contacted by the doctors at the Interior Chemical Dependency Office in Kamloops to ensure that they continue to receive scripts.

    Harm Reduction supplies continue to be available as we continue to provide supplies to our community partners.

    We recognize that these are stressful times.  We are here to support you and want people to stay in touch as we navigate this situation together.  If you have questions or concerns, or to book an appointment, please call the Cranbrook office at 250-489-4344 for further information.  We will be checking the phones messages daily and responding as quickly as we can.

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  • Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program
    Event Date: 4-May-2020
  • Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program

    Event Date: 4-May-2020

    Posted by EKASS | on 14-Feb-2020 Teen Empowerment and Mastery Program

    Communities throughout the East Kootenay region will be holding the Teen Empowerment and Mastery (TEAM) Program in May and June of 2020. Click here to learn more about TEAM. If you are a young person interested in attending TEAM contact us at 1-877-489-4344 for more information.

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