Addictions treatment

Pathways counsellor Steve King announced that Pathways Addictions Resource Centre and its counselling programs are back up and running again as of Aug. 20, 2021. (YouTube)

Penticton’s Pathways Addictions Centre re-opens

After IH pulled funding in May, Pathways’ phones ringing with people in crisis

 

Discovery House executive director Jerome Abraham in front of the third building, Parkers Place, for the addiction recovery program. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Discovery House opens Parkers Place in Penticton to provide transitionary care

The addiction recovery program is now able to provide support for as long as necessary

 

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

 

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cavin Noonan, left, and Terry Fussey of Discovery House with their soup creation for a previous Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (File photo - Western News)

Penticton’s Discovery House dishes out 1,800 bowls for biggest soup fundraiser yet

The addiction recovery program raised over $14,000 for their operations

Cavin Noonan, left, and Terry Fussey of Discovery House with their soup creation for a previous Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (File photo - Western News)
Ashnola at the Crossing

Keremeos youth addiction treatment centre to close

Ashnola at the Crossing will be closing its doors permanently on March 31.

Ashnola at the Crossing
Penticton MLA Dan Ashton is concerned about Pathways losing all its funding from Interior Health. (File photo)

Penticton MLA concerned about Pathways’ services being cut

Dan Ashton says Pathways has created long standing relationships built on trust

Penticton MLA Dan Ashton is concerned about Pathways losing all its funding from Interior Health. (File photo)
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Let’s Talk Day: Why family support should be the heart of mental health treatment in B.C.

‘Research has shown when families are involved in a patient’s care they typically have greater success’

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Penticton paramedics took about 70 per cent more calls for drug overdoses in 2020 compared to 2019, Interior Health representatives told Penticton council Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. ((Jesse Day - Western News)

City seeks $300K grant to help address opioid crisis

The grant would provide $100K a year over three years to a Community Action Team

Penticton paramedics took about 70 per cent more calls for drug overdoses in 2020 compared to 2019, Interior Health representatives told Penticton council Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. ((Jesse Day - Western News)
Staff and residents of Discovery House in a moment of silence for friends and loved ones lost to overdose this year. Discovery House held a private in-person light up on Dec. 19 as part of their Shed the Light on Addiction Campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Penticton’s Discovery House beats fundraising goal to expand program

The addiction recovery program raised over $100,000 in December

Staff and residents of Discovery House in a moment of silence for friends and loved ones lost to overdose this year. Discovery House held a private in-person light up on Dec. 19 as part of their Shed the Light on Addiction Campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre’s annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Discovery House closing in on fundraising goal

The recovery centre is $6,000 shy of their $100,000 goal

The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre’s annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre's annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

‘More important than ever’: Discovery House shines light on addiction

The addiction treatment centre lit up their recovery homes for the season

The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre's annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The Bridge Youth and Family Services has opened four new youth detox beds in Kelowna, for people under the age of 18.

Okanagan mother shares necessity of youth treatment centre

Kimberly Christianson is speaking up after she lost her daughter to an overdose

The Bridge Youth and Family Services has opened four new youth detox beds in Kelowna, for people under the age of 18.
Four staff members at the Okanagan Men’s Centre have tested positive for COVID-19 since Oct. 23, 2020. (Adult and Teen Challenge OMC photo)

Four positive COVID-19 cases at Okanagan Men’s Centre

Those affected are staff and have been in isolation since Oct. 23

Four staff members at the Okanagan Men’s Centre have tested positive for COVID-19 since Oct. 23, 2020. (Adult and Teen Challenge OMC photo)
Dakota Johnny says he’s choosing to focus on feelings he can control to help him get through the pandemic. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

British Columbians navigate addiction recovery during the pandemic

Dakota Johnny and Stephen Vickets are residents of Foundation House

Dakota Johnny says he’s choosing to focus on feelings he can control to help him get through the pandemic. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
FILE – Dr. Perry Kendall speaks about the illicit drug toxicity deaths in the province during a press conference at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 24, 2020. Kendall declared an ongoing public health emergency in B.C. four years ago as the province led the country with a record number of overdose deaths fuelled by the opioid fentanyl. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

People needing addictions services feel ‘abandoned’ during pandemic, B.C.’s ex-top doctor says

Widespread job losses and more homelessness due to physical distancing at shelters have added hurdles

FILE – Dr. Perry Kendall speaks about the illicit drug toxicity deaths in the province during a press conference at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, February 24, 2020. Kendall declared an ongoing public health emergency in B.C. four years ago as the province led the country with a record number of overdose deaths fuelled by the opioid fentanyl. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Discovery House soup lunches pick up or delivery only

Discovery House soup lunches pick up or delivery only

The weekly (Friday) Discovery House gourmet soup lunches are available only for pick up or delivery

Discovery House soup lunches pick up or delivery only
Joey T. and Shamus S. serving up hot soup bowls at last years’ Discovery House Men’s Treatment Centre fundraiser in Penticton. (Jerome Abraham photo)

This Penticton recovery centre is dishing out soup that heals

Annual fundraiser at Discovery House hopes to change stigmas surrounding addiction.

Joey T. and Shamus S. serving up hot soup bowls at last years’ Discovery House Men’s Treatment Centre fundraiser in Penticton. (Jerome Abraham photo)