Special Feature for Kamloops This Week
Kamloops, BC – In response to the growing demand for substance use recovery services, Day One Society, formerly known as Kamloops Society for Alcohol and Drug Services, has received funding from the Interior Health Authority for the allocation of five new youth detox beds at their Phoenix Centre location. The beds, unveiled during a press event on Monday, June 26, will play a vital role in addressing the pressing needs of youth in the region who are seeking recovery and support.
“Against the backdrop of the opioid crisis, Day One Society is so grateful to enhance our services with these beds for youth, especially in light of the devastating impact of the toxic drug supply in our region,” said Siân Lewis, Executive Director, Day One Society.
The demand for the Society’s services has surged in recent years, driven by the far-reaching effects of the opioid crisis. The situation has further been exacerbated by additional challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The unveiling of these new youth detox beds has come at such an important time. With the opening of the new beds in its own separate area, we can provide a secure and tailored environment for the youth who seek our support,” added Lewis.
This development not only instills a sense of confidence in those seeking help but also ensures their safety as they embark on their recovery journey.
The press event also had another significant unveiling. Day One Society proudly showcased new signage that symbolizes their commitment to inclusivity and cultural relevance and in collaboration with Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, have included the Secwépemc language, a decisive step to honour the Indigenous peoples and the land the Society provides services on.
“We recognize that a significant number of Indigenous individuals seek support from our Society, and incorporating their language in our signage is an essential step toward creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all who access our services,” Lewis explained.
Supporting Indigenous individuals on their journey to recovery from addiction holds profound importance. Some Indigenous communities have faced a disproportionate struggle with substance abuse, stemming from a complex history of intergenerational trauma and systemic marginalization. By providing culturally sensitive support, Day One Society acknowledges and respects the unique challenges faced by Indigenous individuals and communities.
“The new signage, youth detox beds, and our ongoing work as an organization demonstrates our unwavering commitment to addressing the pressing needs of our community. We stand ready to support all individuals on their path to recovery, providing comprehensive and compassionate care to help address the complex factors influencing addiction,” Lewis noted.
Today, Day One Society continues to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of the community.
For more information about Day One Society, their services, and their commitment to supporting individuals on their recovery journey, please visit their website at www.dayonesociety.ca or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.