Addiction Services provide a range of programs designed to help you through the various stages of recovery. Addiction Services is closely aligned with Mental Health Services to ensure that individuals living with an addiction and a mental health disorder receive coordinated care. If you or someone you know has an addiction problem, PEI's trained health care professionals can help.
Where can I call to get immediate help?
Call 1-888-299-8399 (toll-free) or speak with your health-care provider. In the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
What services are available for my child/youth?
There are a number of programs available to you and your family if you are impacted by addiction. You can call the Community Addiction Services office in your area for more information.
- CAST Program (junior and senior high school)
- Strength Program (youth aged 15-24)
- Youth and Family Addiction Services
What services are available for adults?
Depending on your addiction, support is available at each stage of your recovery – withdrawal, rehabilitation, living recovery and individual counselling.
- Provincial Addiction Treatment (for alcohol, drugs, prescription medication: 1-888-299-8399)
- Gambling Addiction Services
- Gambling Support Information (PEI Gambling Support Line: 1-855-255-4255)
- Opioid Replacement Therapy Program (1-888-299-8399)
- Quit Smoking Program (Smoker’s Helpline: 1-877-513-5333)
- Quit Smoking and Cancer Treatment (for cancer patients only)
- Withdrawal Management Program (1-888-299-8399)
To access services:
- Contact Community Addictions Services in your area.
- Your doctor, nurse practitioner or other service provider can refer you to community addiction services by submitting an Adult Services Referral form [PDF | 220 KB].
What if I don’t feel ready to go home after treatment?
When you are well enough to leave the treatment centre, you may need to stay in a residence that offers support in a chemical-free environment until you feel stronger and healthier.
Programs are available at:
- Talbot House: A residence for men that provides a safe, structured environment and support while working towards maintaining a chemical-free lifestyle.
- Deacon House: Provides overnight shelter for adult males, over the age of 19 who abuse substances or have a chemical dependency.
- Lacey House: Provides a 24 hour supervised, therapeutic, safe, structured home-like environment to assist women in maintaining a chemical-free lifestyle.
- St. Eleanor’s House: Provides a home-like environment for men in need of extended support after initial addiction treatment.
What support is offered for families?
Family addiction service programs are designed to meet the needs of those who have a loved one struggling with an addiction. The programs have trained individuals who understand the impact of addiction, and the hurt and anger that family and friends might be feeling. Through participation in one-on-one counseling and group education sessions, participants will come to better understand addiction and begin to recover from the impact it has on them.
When admitted to the inpatient withdrawal management unit, patients are given the option to give consent for a family counsellor to contact their family to offer counseling and support.
- Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT): Offered in both group and individual sessions across the province, CRAFT is an evidence-based program for teaching families to support getting their loved ones into treatment.
- Family Education Program: An eight (8) week program for adults who have a family member or friend with an addiction.
- Seniors Support Group – “Friends Supporting Friends”: Offers group support and education to seniors who are being impacted by a family members’ addiction, and is offered bi-weekly.
- Family Aftercare Group: Is available to those who have completed the Family Education Program and is offered bi-weekly.
Call the Community Addiction Services office in your area for more information.
If someone I love has an addiction, how can I help them?
If you want help because someone you love may have an addiction, call the Community Addiction Services office in your area.
What community resources can I also access?
There are many community organizations that offer addiction programs, services and supports to Islanders across the province.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (Charlottetown and area: 902-892-2103)
- Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI
- Narcotics Anonymous
- Native Council of Prince Edward Island
- Open Door Outreach (women)
- PEI Family Violence Prevention Services
- PEI Rape & Sexual Assault Centre
- PEI Reach Foundation (youth)
- SMART Recovery
What if I need help with mental health?
Health professionals from Addiction Services and Mental Health Services work closely together so that you will receive the most appropriate care for your needs.