Pathways Addictions Resource Centre

Formed in:  1979
Communities served:  

• Men in trades
• Families of people using opioids
• Youth using opioids
• Anyone else who is struggling with substance use and addiction


“As the stand-alone community organization for Substance Use and Addiction in the South Okanagan Pathways has been the leader in the community when it comes to working with people who struggle with addiction. Having been the community for 47 years our staff and knowledge base are looked to for guidance and leadership especially when the opioid crisis hit our community. As we work from both a harm reduction lens and recovery lens, we are able to move people through the stages of their recovery with the extensive team we have to support them every step of the way. This includes individual counselling, group counselling, family counselling, grief and loss, anger management, basic life skills, education, getting back to work, learning new skills, housing, corrections, child protection and the list goes on. We are able to provide a full wrap around service to clients and their families. “

Overview of Overdose Response Work
• 120 ICCON clients with zero overdoses
• Over 500 family members involved their loved ones’ recovery
• Created a Manual for ICCON to assist other communities to start the program
• 40 people with opioid use disorder have gone back into the workforce
• Positive connects made with organizations to support people who are struggling with opioid use disorder so staff understand the process of recovery

Lessons Learned
Quote: “We created the ICCON manual to assist other communities to start their own program. We have provided tips and insights to be successful based on our experience. This program, when set up properly, is a life saver for communities and their people. So many organizations use the buzz words “meeting people where they are at” yet so many fall down when trying to this. Whether it be their 9-5 hours, their limited staff, their working from home, their limited skill set or their stigmatizing attitude people using opioids are not being served as they should. In order to be successful with this program the Navigator needs to be available 24/7 which few organizations and people are willing or have capacity to do.”


996 Main St #1 Penticton, BC V2A 5E4

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