UBCO clinic of­fers help for al­co­hol, drug prob­lems

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UBC Okana­gan is of­fer­ing help for peo­ple who think they need help with their use of al­co­hol or drugs.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of reg­is­tered psy­chol­o­gist Zach Walsh, UBCO’s psy­chol­ogy clinic is of­fer­ing a prob­lem­atic sub­stance-use clinic. The clinic is a low-bar­rier out­pa­tient treat­ment ser­vice for peo­ple seek­ing help to re­duce harm as­so­ci­ated with their use of al­co­hol or other sub­stances, said Walsh, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy and an ex­pert in the field of ad­dic­tions.

“The clinic will fill a cru­cial gap in the com­mu­nity for peo­ple who want to cut down or quit their use of al­co­hol and other drugs, but who don’t feel they are a good match for res­i­den­tial treat­ment or in­pa­tient de­tox,” said Walsh. “We will be us­ing state-of-the-art treat­ments to ad­dress al­co­hol and drug prob­lems from a harm-re­duc­tion per­spec­tive.”

The treat­ment team will de­velop in­di­vid­u­al­ized in­ter­ven­tion plans us­ing ap­proaches in­clud­ing cog­ni­tive — be­havioural ther­apy and mo­ti­va­tional in­ter­view­ing to help clients at­tain their sub­stance use goals. Walsh, a will su­per­vise grad­u­ate stu­dents as they treat in­com­ing clients.

Peo­ple are wel­come to con­tact the clinic by phone at 250-807-8241, or email at .

Voice­mail is avail­able for af­ter hours, but Walsh notes the clinic is not able to of­fer cri­sis or emer­gency ser­vices. The clinic is de­signed to be ac­ces­si­ble, with fees charged on a slid­ing scale based on in­come.

UBC Okana­gan

Reg­is­tered psy­chol­o­gist Zach Walsh is of­fer­ing a prob­lem­atic sub­stance use clinic that is open to the pub­lic.

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