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This page has resources and information for people who need help with substance use, including overdose prevention resources. It does not include direct links to private clinics or for-profit organizations.

If you are in an emergency situation, call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency department.

For more information on using substances for the treatment of chronic pain, see resources for Canadians living with pain.

Canada-wide services

If you or someone you know needs help with substance use, including overdose prevention, these services are available to anyone, anywhere at any time.

Help services
Resource Information Contact
Wellness Together Canada
  • Immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use help
  • 24/7
  • Virtual services in English and French
  • Interpretation services available during phone-counselling sessions in over 200 languages and dialects
1-866-585-0445

Adults text WELLNESS to 741741

Youth text WELLNESS to 686868

Frontline workers text FRONTLINE to 741741
Kids Help Phone

  • Professional counselling, information and referrals support to young people
  • 24/7
  • Virtual services in English and French
1-800-668-6868

Text 686868
Drug Rehab Services
  • Free, confidential professional help and resource for drug and alcohol addiction in Canada
  • Referrals for clients seeking support with substances
1-877-254-3348
CAPSA Peer Support
  • Free peer-facilitated group meetings (includes virtual meetings)
  • Evidence-based practices and tools designed to help those who are questioning their relationship with substances
  • Families, allies, and professionals are all welcome to attend meetings
Find a meeting
Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Free meetings and support for people who come together to solve their drinking problem
Find A.A. near you
Narcotics Anonymous
  • Free meetings (includes virtual) and support for anyone who wants to stop using drugs may become a member
  • This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs
1-855-562-2262

Find a meeting
SMART Recovery
  • Free support meetings (in-person and virtual) open to anyone seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery
Find a meeting
Moms Stop the HarmHolding Hope Support Groups
  • Free peer-led support groups for families with loved ones living with addiction (substance use disorder)
Find a group
Families for Addiction Recovery
  • Free peer support services for families, parents, caregivers of children struggling with addiction (regardless of age)
1-855-377-6677 (Details)
Weekdays 1-3pm EST

Parent-to-Parent Support

Online Parent Support Groups

Harm reduction and overdose prevention services
Resource Information Contact
National Overdose Response Service (NORS)
  • Overdose prevention hotline for Canadians
  • Confidential, non-judgmental support for you, whenever and wherever you use drugs
1-888-688-NORS(6677)
Overdose Intervention App
  • Rapid response to an overdose emergency with resources and guidance that is suitable to a person's needs
  • 9-1-1 calling feature, techniques to identify a suspected overdose, steps to administer naloxone, and sequential guidance on emergency first aid response
Get the app
Supervised consumption sites and services
  • Safe, clean space for people to bring their own drugs to use, in the presence of trained staff to prevent accidental overdoses
  • Some offer a range of harm reduction services, such as drug checking
  • Provide access to important health and social services
Find a site or service

Provincial and territorial health and support services

British Columbia
Health and support services in British Columbia
Resource Information Contact
The Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service
  • Drug and alcohol treatment, detox, self-help and counselling options
  • 24 hour services
1-800-663-1441
BC Children's Hospital – Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
  • Mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to families across BC
1-800-665-1822

keltycentre@cw.bc.ca
Support for addictions, alcohol and other substances
  • Find addictions and substance use services and information
Website
Wellbeing by the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
  • Navigate and connect with mental health and substance use information and supports
Website
HealthLink BC
  • Speak to a health services navigator, who can help you to find health information and services, or connect you directly with a registered nurse
  • 24/7 health advice
8-1-1
Lifeguard App
  • Free app helps to save lives by automatically connecting people who use drugs to first responders if they become unresponsive
Get the app
Get naloxone
  • If you are eligible for the Take Home Naloxone program, you can receive a naloxone kit at no cost, and overdose prevention and response training, at any program site.
Find a site
Alberta
Health and support services in Alberta
Resource Information Contact
Alberta Health Services Addiction Helpline
  • Confidential 24/7 service that provides support, information and referrals to Albertans experiencing addiction and mental health concerns
1-866-332-2322
Alberta Health Services Addiction & Mental Health
  • Information, programs, services, resources and tools for Albertans related to substance use and mental health
Website
Alberta Health Services Health Link
  • Free 24/7 nurse advice and general health information for Albertans
8-1-1
Alberta's virtual opioid dependency program
  • Connecting individuals with doctors, case workers and other supports via technology to provide ongoing care for Alberta residents with opioid addiction
  • Same day support and treatment
1-844-383-7688
Digital Overdose Response System (DORS) App
  • This app allows Albertans using opioids or other substances to call for an emergency response to their location if they become unconscious.
  • Information on national and provincial addiction recovery supports and services
  • Currently available in Edmonton and Calgary
Get the app
Get naloxone
  • Over 2,000 sites in Alberta, where anyone can pick up a free kit free
  • Training is available wherever kits are provided
  • Kits can be obtained anonymously
Find a site
Saskatchewan
Health and support services in Saskatchewan
Resource Information Contact
HealthLine
  • Free mental health and addictions support 24/7 in a safe, caring and confidential manner
  • Registered nurses and social workers can offer crisis support, advice to help you manage your situation, and connections to resources in your community
8-1-1
Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Services, supports, and education materials to assist people who are struggling with mental health and addiction issues
Website
Get naloxone
  • Saskatchewan residents at risk of an opioid overdose or who might witness an opioid overdose are eligible for free training and a free Take Home Naloxone kit
  • Naloxone is also available for purchase at pharmacies across Saskatchewan
Find a site

List of pharmacies that carry naloxone
Manitoba
Health and support services in Manitoba
Resource Information Contact
Manitoba Addictions Helpline
  • Supports for dealing with an alcohol or drug problem, including free and confidential helpline counsellor services
Call or text

1-855-662-6605
Mental Health and Addictions
  • Information on drugs and alcohol
  • Contact information for non-emergency and toll free addiction help lines
Website
Klinic Community Health
  • Crisis phone lines and online support services
  • Free and confidential counselling, support and referrals for people who are in crisis or struggling to cope
1-888-322-3019
Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre - Youth Addictions Centralized Intake Service
  • A provincial service that provides information to youth and their families regarding addiction services for youth in Manitoba
  • Help from an addictions counsellor in navigating the continuum of youth addiction services and identifying an appropriate program
1-877-710-3999
Get naloxone
  • Take-home naloxone kits are free for people who are at risk of opioid overdose or poisoning, their family and friends
  • Naloxone kits are also available for purchase at community pharmacies
Find a site

List of locations that sell naloxone kits
Ontario
Health and support services in Ontario
Resource Information Contact
ConnexOntario
  • Free 24/7 access to healthcare services information, including addictions services.
1-866-531-2600

Text CONNEX to 247247

Chat

Email
Mental health and addictions support
  • Free and confidential mental health and addiction services in your community
Website
Telehealth Ontario
  • Free and confidential support 24/7
  • Nurses can help you with any health matters, including addiction concerns
1-866-797-0000
Good2Talk
  • Free, confidential support services for post-secondary students
1-866-925-5454

Text GOOD2TALKON to 686868

Facebook Messenger
Get naloxone
  • Naloxone kits and training on how to use them are available at pharmacies and community organizations
Find a site
Quebec
Health and support services in Quebec
Resource Information Contact
Drugs: Help and Referrals
  • Free and confidential support 24/7
  • Resources, help and services for addiction and drug use
1-514-527-2626
(Montreal area)

1-800-265-2626
(Everywhere in Quebec)
Info-Social 811
  • Free and confidential 24/7 telephone consultation service with a nurse
8-1-1
Tel-jeunes (Website in French only)
  • Confidential space for young people aged 20 and under who are looking for information and someone to talk to
1-800-263-2266

Text 514-600-1002 (8:00am - 10:30pm)

Chat (Monday – Friday 4:00pm - 10:30pm)

Email

Get naloxone (Website in French only)
  • Free naloxone is available for people aged 14 and over in all pharmacies in Quebec and in certain community organizations
Find a site

(Website in French only)
New Brunswick
Health and support services in New Brunswick
Resource Information Contact
New Brunswick Addiction Centers
  • Addiction services with professionals and contact information
  • Services available are detoxification, outpatient counselling and opioids agonist treatment
Website
Tele-Care 8-1-1
  • Free, confidential health advice and information line.
  • Access to bilingual, registered nurses, 24/7
8-1-1
Chimo Helpline
  • Crisis phone line open 24/7 to all residents of New Brunswick
  • Information, intervention and referrals to resources in the province
1-800-667-5005

Chat (5pm-12am daily)
Get naloxone
  • Naloxone kits are available at some pharmacies without a prescription behind the pharmacy counter and require interaction with a pharmacist for sale
  • Free naloxone kits, injection supplies, and clean needles may be available from certain harm reduction centres
Check your local pharmacy

Harm reduction centers
Nova Scotia
Health and support services in Nova Scotia
Resource Information Contact
Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line
  • An addictions crisis line is available for urgent support
  • Mental health and addictions professionals provide support, programs, and services
1-888-429-8167
Mental Health and Addictions Intake
  • Help with a mental health or addiction concern
  • Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Voicemail evenings, weekends and holidays
1-855-922-1122
Good2Talk
  • Free, confidential support services for post-secondary students
1-833-292-3698

Text GOOD2TALKNS to 686868
Get naloxone
  • Visit a participating pharmacy and ask the pharmacist about getting a naloxone kit
  • No prescription or health card is needed
Find a site
Prince Edward Island
Health and support services in Prince Edward Island
Resource Information Contact
Mental Health and Addictions Phone Line
  • Mental health and addictions phone line where calls are answered by trained professionals (a registered nurse or a social worker) 24/7
1-833-553-6983
Addiction Services
  • Programs available to those impacted by addiction
  • Support is available at each stage of recovery – withdrawal, rehabilitation, living recovery and individual counselling
1-888-299-8399
Get naloxone
  • Free naloxone kits for people who are at high risk for opioid-related overdoses, their friends or family members
  • Anyone can purchase a naloxone kit without a prescription (cost is approximately $50) at most PEI pharmacies
Find a site
Newfoundland and Labrador
Health and support services in Newfoundland and Labrador
Resource Information Contact
HealthLine
  • Free, confidential telephone line staffed by experienced Registered Nurses 24/7
8-1-1
Mental Health and Addictions Services
  • Mental health crisis line 24/7
  • Registered nurses can offer health advice, information and connect you to resources and local services
1-888-737-4668 (Crisis line)

1-877-999-7589 (System navigator)
Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT) phone line
  • Help for individuals seeking support for their opioid use and for their family members to navigate the system and connect with support and services
  • Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm
1-844-752-3588
Get naloxone
  • Naloxone kits are available to you if you are at risk of an opioid overdose or you might witness an overdose
Find a site

Call 8-1-1
Yukon
Health and support services in Yukon
Resource Information Contact
Help with alcohol and drug addiction
  • Free help for people with problems with alcohol or drugs
  • Services include counseling, safe withdrawal support (detox) and intensive treatment programs
  • Support for families
1-867-667-8473
Get naloxone
  • Free naloxone kits are available with a training session
Find a site

1-867-332-0722
Northwest Territories
Health and support services in Northwest Territories
Resource Information Contact
Mental Wellness and Addictions Recovery
  • Free and confidential support 24/7 for wellness and addiction
1-800-661-0844
Get naloxone
  • Naloxone kits are available without a prescription at pharmacies, and health centers or clinics
Find a site
Nunavut
Health and support services in Nunavut
Resource Information Contact
Kamatsiaqtut Nunavut Helpline
  • Support for those who are concerned or struggling with drugs, alcohol and other substance use
  • Anonymous and confidential 24/7telephone counselling for northerners in crisis
1-867-979-3333
1-800-265-3333
Get naloxone
  • Check this map for your local health facilities
Find a site

Programs for Indigenous peoples

If you are a First Nation, Inuit or Métis person in need of help with substance use, you can access culturally sensitive resources:

Support for Indigenous peoples
Resource Information Contact
National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program and

National Youth Solvent Abuse Program
  • Help for First Nations and Inuit aimed at reducing high levels of alcohol, drug, and solvent use
  • Access to substance use treatments centres
List of treatment centres

For information on community-based prevention programs, contact your community nursing station, health centre, band council or local regional office.
Hope for Wellness Help Line
  • Immediate help, including counselling and crisis intervention, to all Indigenous people across Canada 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English, French, Cree, Ojibway, or Inuktitut
1-855-242-3310

Connect to the online chat
Thunderbird Wellness Application
  • Thunderbird Wellness is a free app that provides access to an Indigenous perspective on health and wellness, where culture forms the foundation
  • Find information to help with substance use, addiction or mental health issues
Download the Thunderbird Wellness App for free from the Apple Store for IOS users or Google Play for Android users
Get naloxone
  • Take home naloxone kits are available through pharmacies. A prescription is not required. Ask the pharmacist. Some provinces offer free take-home naloxone kits.
  • Kits are available at public health units and social service organizations
  • St. John Ambulance offers free training and Take Home Naloxone Kits
  • Nasal naloxone is available for First Nations and Inuit clients covered by the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program
Check your local pharmacy for more information

Visit the Canadian Mental Health Association's Naloxone 101 Toolkit to find out how, why and when to use a naloxone kit and where to get one for free

Contact St. John Ambulance here

Visit your local pharmacy, health centre or nursing station for more information

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