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What is PATHWAYS?

Pathways Addictions Resource Centre promotes the well-being of people affected by, or at risk of developing alcohol, drug and related problems.

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PATHWAYS' qualified and experienced staff

We help individuals dealing with behavioural and substance issues connect to themselves, their families and their community through counselling, education and referrals. Counselling is done on an individual basis or in groups. Pathways also offers a weekly methadone clinic.

Our services are for youth through senior adults, as well as for parents whose children are involved with substance abuse.

Pathways is incorporated as a not-for-profit society in the Province of British Columbia and is registered as a Charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. We are primarily funded by the Interior Health Authority of British Columbia and is regulated by guidelines maintained by the British Columbia Ministry of Health.

Donations from our community are crucial in providing help for our clients.
Please see the How You Can Help page for more information.

Our office is located in the City of Penticton, the largest community in the South Okanagan Valley.

History

We began in November 1975 as "The South Okanagan Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Program" with two counsellors. Six years later the organization was incorporated as a provincial charitable society under the name of "The South Okanagan Alcohol Counselling Service" with funding provided by the provincial government of British Columbia. In 1985, the group registered as a charitable organization with Revenue Canada and was incorporated under the B.C. Society Act as "Pathways Addictions Resource Centre".

As of 2012, Pathways employs a total of six counsellors, facilitators and coordinators who deliver a variety of services for youth and adults. Two administrative staff and a part-time financial officer provide essential support for services. A methadone clinic under the direction of a physician is held weekly. A volunteer Board of Directors is responsible for governance of Pathways. Pathways maintains a video and book lending library for community members.

Contact us for details on current programs.