Access to Local Detox Services, Okanagan Recovery Day, Women’s Second Stage Addictions Recovery
Okanagan Recovery Day
By the fall of 2012 the Society was operating two Residential Addictions Recovery Programs for men. In the community there was a lack of funding and awareness of the issues around long term recovery. In January 2013 the Society hosted the critically acclaimed film the Anonymous People at the Vernon Town Cinema which sold out. After the film the Society’s addictions recovery staff stayed for a question & answer period at which time it was made clear more needs to be done in order to raise awareness that addictions are not a moral failure, but a legitimate medical health condition. In March 2013 The Society met with people in long term recovery and through this process started Vernon’s involvement with the growing Recovery Day movement. Shortly thereafter, the Society joined the Okanagan Recovery Day planning committee and the Canadian Recovery Day committee. On Sept 28, 2014 the Society and Vernon’s recovery community participated in the second Okanagan Recovery Day held in Kelowna. In 2015 Vernon hosted the Okanagan Recovery Day. The Society has chaired and hosted the event every year ever since.
Women’s Second Stage Addictions Recovery
A “Partners in Action” team was created in the spring of 2010. Members developed a business plan and had temporarily secured a partnership with the Anglican Church for the location of the project. This has since fallen through. Unfortunately, funding for second stage housing for women has not been secured. This remained the biggest gap in Vernon’s affordable housing inventory. In 2017 the Society secured funding through Interior Health for Bill’s Place one of our residential addiction’s treatment and supported recovery housing programs. With this funding the program opened it’s doors to women. In 2017 our Creekside harm reduction program also opened it’s doors to women. In 2018 a generous donation allowed for Haven Place to open for women and men. The program is a post recovery supported housing program.
Access to Local Detox Services
There are currently no local Detox services in Vernon with the nearest referrals being Kamloops and Kelowna. In the summer of 2013 a Partners in Action team was tasked with researching the possibility of home Detox services and/or a “day-tox” program in Vernon. A pilot project was launched that targets people with an alcohol addiction (who are medically cleared) staying in supported housing. They are provided with Detox support from their physician, the street nurse, and supported housing staff. This means that people who meet the criteria for the program do not have to wait for a referral to Kamloops or Kelowna and can be detoxed safely in their own community. The Society in conjunction with the street nurse now facilitates this community program.