Addictions treatment

Jerome Abraham in the dunk tank during the annual Discovery House Father’s Day festivities at Skaha Lake Park. The fundraiser helps raise awareness of the work done at the house and break down the stigma associated with addiction. (File photo)

Discovery House hosts family fun on Father’s Day in Penticton

The addictions recovery centre is hosting the free event at Skaha Lake Park on June 19

 

Penticton’s Pathways is holding a BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, May 28. (File photo)

Penticton’s Pathways Addiction Resource Centre holding BBQ fundraiser

The treatment centre will be cooking up BBQ burgers at their parking lot

 

Naxolone, used to reverse opioid overdoses, is part of Interior Health’s addiction services in harm reduction. IH just announced new outpatient withdrawal services in Penticton, Kelowna, Kamloops and Vernon. (File photo)

Interior Health announces new outpatient withdrawal services

A total of 174 British Columbians died in February from toxic drug supply

 

Chester Demchuk (left) and Ryan Davis (right) are among the clients at Penticton’s Discovery House who spent weeks cooking for the annual Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

Penticton’s Discovery House nets almost $20k in historic soup fundraiser

The local addiction recovery program sold over 500 soups every week from Feb. 25 to March 25

Chester Demchuk (left) and Ryan Davis (right) are among the clients at Penticton’s Discovery House who spent weeks cooking for the annual Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Joey T. and Shamus S. serving up hot soup bowls at last years’ Discovery House Men’s Treatment Centre fundraiser in Penticton. (Photo: Jerome Abraham/Discovery House)

Discovery House’s soup fundraiser raises over $4k ahead of first delivery day

The addictions recovery program will also be distributing soup on March 4, 11, 18 and 25

Joey T. and Shamus S. serving up hot soup bowls at last years’ Discovery House Men’s Treatment Centre fundraiser in Penticton. (Photo: Jerome Abraham/Discovery House)
Chester Demchuk (left) and Ryan Davis (right) are among the clients at Penticton’s Discovery House who have spent weeks cooking for the annual Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)

‘This is helping us rehabilitate’: Clients at Penticton’s Discovery House cooking up soup fundraiser

The addiction recovery program is set to serve the community with delicious soup for five weeks

Chester Demchuk (left) and Ryan Davis (right) are among the clients at Penticton’s Discovery House who have spent weeks cooking for the annual Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (Logan Lockhart, Western News)
Discovery House held their annual light up Dec. 18 to celebrate the ongoing Shed the Light on Addictions campaign to raise money to build another sober recovery home in Penticton. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Shed the Light on Addictions Penticton campaign close to reaching $150K goal

Five days left to buy string of lights so Discovery House can open 4th sober recovery home

Discovery House held their annual light up Dec. 18 to celebrate the ongoing Shed the Light on Addictions campaign to raise money to build another sober recovery home in Penticton. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Discovery House turned the lights on their Winnipeg Street building on Dec. 18 as part of their annual Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. Staff, such as operations manager Blaine Russel, pictured here, as well as former and current clients of the program and elected officials all spoke at the ceremony. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Discovery House lights up a beacon in the fight against addiction in Penticton

The annual Shed the Light on Addiction campaign is closing on its goal

Discovery House turned the lights on their Winnipeg Street building on Dec. 18 as part of their annual Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. Staff, such as operations manager Blaine Russel, pictured here, as well as former and current clients of the program and elected officials all spoke at the ceremony. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre’s annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

B.C. government funds 5 beds at Penticton’s Discovery House

Discovery House’s Shed the Light On Addiction light up goes Dec. 18

The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre’s annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Chris Lamoureux, who has struggled with substance abuse and robbed two banks in September 2019, is hoping to end the stigma of drug addiction. (Chris Bush/Black Press)

B.C. man who struggled with substance use, crime seeks to end drug addiction stigma

Chris Lamoureux about to begin studying to be peer support worker

Chris Lamoureux, who has struggled with substance abuse and robbed two banks in September 2019, is hoping to end the stigma of drug addiction. (Chris Bush/Black Press)
Homebuilder Chris Shoene, client care supervisor Ben Somerville, Discovery House executive director Jerome Abraham, Janet Parker and Parkers Chrysler general manager Jim Tabler outside Parker Place on Nov. 19, where donations from Parker and Parkers Chrysler kicked off the Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Homebuilder Chris Shoene, client care supervisor Ben Somerville, Discovery House executive director Jerome Abraham, Janet Parker and Parkers Chrysler general manager Jim Tabler outside Parker Place on Nov. 19, where donations from Parker and Parkers Chrysler kicked off the Shed the Light on Addiction campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. adding addiction treatment, transition services, minister says

Women’s residential care in Interior, day programs in North

Mental Health and Addictions Minister Sheila Malcolmson speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 2021. (Hansard TV)
Pathways counsellor Steve King announced that Pathways Addictions Resource Centre and its counselling programs are back up and running again as of Aug. 20, 2021. (YouTube)

Penticton’s Pathways Addictions Centre re-opens

After IH pulled funding in May, Pathways’ phones ringing with people in crisis

Pathways counsellor Steve King announced that Pathways Addictions Resource Centre and its counselling programs are back up and running again as of Aug. 20, 2021. (YouTube)
Discovery House executive director Jerome Abraham in front of the third building, Parkers Place, for the addiction recovery program. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Discovery House opens Parkers Place in Penticton to provide transitionary care

The addiction recovery program is now able to provide support for as long as necessary

Discovery House executive director Jerome Abraham in front of the third building, Parkers Place, for the addiction recovery program. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’

Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths

Ally Thomas, 12, seen in an undated family handout photo, died on April 14 from a suspected overdose. Her family says they are frustrated more public supports weren't available when they tried to get her help. THE CANADIAN PRESS
A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cavin Noonan, left, and Terry Fussey of Discovery House with their soup creation for a previous Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (File photo - Western News)

South Okanagan community raises $14,000 for addiction recovery program

Penticton’s Discovery House raised over $14,000 and dished out over 1,800 bowls of soup

Cavin Noonan, left, and Terry Fussey of Discovery House with their soup creation for a previous Soup is Good Food fundraiser. (File photo - Western News)
Pathways Addictions Centre is in jeopardy of closing after Interior Health has pulled all its funding and will be taking over addiction services ‘in house’ as up May 31. (Facebook)

Future of South Okanagan community’s addictions centre in jeopardy after Interior Health pulls funding

Pathways has been in Penticton for over 20 years and has 10 staff, serving around 1,000 people

Pathways Addictions Centre is in jeopardy of closing after Interior Health has pulled all its funding and will be taking over addiction services ‘in house’ as up May 31. (Facebook)
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Let’s Talk Day: Why family support should be the heart of mental health treatment in B.C.

‘Research has shown when families are involved in a patient’s care they typically have greater success’

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Penticton paramedics took about 70 per cent more calls for drug overdoses in 2020 compared to 2019, Interior Health representatives told Penticton council Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. ((Jesse Day - Western News)

Penticton seeks $300K grant to help address opioid crisis

The grant would provide $100K a year over three years to a Community Action Team

Penticton paramedics took about 70 per cent more calls for drug overdoses in 2020 compared to 2019, Interior Health representatives told Penticton council Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. ((Jesse Day - Western News)