Recovery in Kelowna
Drug & Alcohol Abuse Support
Kelowna is a small city of just over 130,000 located in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in BC’s Interior. With stunning lake and mountain vistas, world-class wineries, and a leading ski resort on its doorstep, it’s no surprise that Kelowna is a popular vacation destination for Canadians and foreigners alike.
Behind all the beauty, however, there’s a darker side to Kelowna that many tourists do not see.
Despite its natural beauty and year-round popularity with vacationers, Kelowna is not immune to the national opioid overdose crisis. Drug-related overdoses and deaths are a huge problem in Kelowna, just like many other Candian cities. In fact, in 2018 Kelowna recorded 55 illicit drug overdose deaths, placing the city fifth in BC behind Vancouver, Surrey, Victoria, and Burnaby. 49 (89%) of those deaths were related to fentanyl, an opioid used as a pain medication that is often mixed with heroin or cocaine. According to data compiled through toxicology reports, fentanyl was detected in 85% of all deaths in BC last year, up from 82% in 2017.
Drug use and drug-related crime is on the rise in Kelowna, triggering the deployment of extra police resources for a more physical and visible police presence in the city’s downtown core. However, while the city’s homeless make up a large portion of calls to emergency services for administration of the overdose reversal agent naloxone, the majority of the overdose deaths have not been among the homeless population, but rather recreational drug users, using alone in their own homes.
Our Support Services
Drug & Alcohol interventions in Kelowna
Andy Bhatti offers drug and alcohol interventions in Kelowna and throughout the BC Interior. He is a professional drug and alcohol abuse interventionist, working with families and people suffering from addiction to take them off the destructive path of their current lifestyle.
Taking the step to contact a drug and alcohol interventionist can be difficult for the people closest to those with an addiction, but our job is to make the intervention process as manageable as possible.
Andy provides a diverse range of specialized and one-of-a-kind mental health and substance use services for teenagers and adults in Kelowna and across BC to encourages the changes necessary to turn addiction into recovery, repairing broken families who have been deeply impacted by the addiction.