Who We are
To foster the well being of the whole person and their connectedness to self, family and community
when dealing with substance use and addictions
Pathways Addictions Resource Centre has a long standing relationship with Penticton and the South Okanagan. From it’s humble beginnings in 1975 as the South Okanagan Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Program with two counsellors to present day with a staff of 10, the philosophy remains the same:
To foster the well-being of the whole person and their connectedness to self, family and community when dealing with substance use and addictions.
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 are regulated by guidelines maintained by the British Columbia Ministry of Health.
There was a time in the beginning where alcohol was the only substance affecting people, now poly-drug use has become the norm. Our services are for youth through senior adults, as well as for parents whose children are involved with substance use.
Pathways provides out-patient services to over 500 new clients each year and the need continues to grow. In order to meet the increasing demand we have been innovative in developing services based on client feedback. The move to provide more out-patient treatment reduces the need for people to leave their community, home and family to deal with substance use issues. This has kept families together.
Pathways offers several outpatient services including individual counselling, men’s and women’s groups, parenting groups and services for people whose live’s are being affected by someone else’s use. As a proponent of harm reduction Pathways hosts a methadone clinic and also hosts naloxone training.
As an eduational resource centre we maintain a book and video lending library for clients and community members.
Along with government funding Pathways looks to individuals and organizations for donations and grants to offer additional services to our clients.
Contact us for details on current programs.
Skaha Lake photo courtesy of Darren Kirby