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Getting Help with Addictions

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Thu, 04/30/2020 - 15:50

If you don’t know where to start for accessing addiction services, then contact your local Community Counselling Program. They can guide you through the options available to you.

Band or Hamlet Office

Community wellness is a priority for NWT communities.  Communities have created community wellness plans that will support the goal of improving community health outcomes related to mental health and addictions.  For more information on the community wellness plan in your community, please contact your local Band or Hamlet office. 

Community-based (outpatient) Treatment

Outpatient programs include counselling, day programs and group therapy for residents in the community.  Outpatient programs allow participants to continue with their daily lives. Talk to your community counsellor or wellness worker to find out what programs are available in your community.


If your employer has an Employee Assistance Program, ask for the contact information.

Kid’s Help Phone

If you are a young person, and you need someone to talk to, you can call the Kid’s Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or go to www.kidshelpphone.ca.

NWT Help Line

The NWT Help Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is 100% free, confidential and anonymous. Call 1-800-661-0844.

NWT Quitline

A free confidential help line for smokers who want to quit. It provides trained Cessation Counsellors as well as personalized call back programs. It also offers quit smoking reading materials and translation services for all NWT languages.  Call toll-free 1-866-286-5099, 24 hours a day.

Facility-Based (inpatient) Treatment

Approved facility-based treatment centres are located in southern Canada.  Given our geography and small population in the Northwest Territories, southern referrals are necessary to ensure specialized residential treatment centres meet the needs of adults.  The Government of the Northwest Territories works closely with approved centres in Alberta and British Columbia to help people choose the most appropriate treatment program. Learn more here.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to support Canadians struggling with mental health and substance abuse concerns. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.