FAQ

The program is 10 weeks in total, with the first 2 weeks being the orientation phase. The orientation phase is a chance for you to check out Peak House and see if it feels like the right time to continue onto the next 8 weeks. If it is not the right time, we celebrate your completion of the orientation phase and encourage you to return if you are wanting a longer program. If we both decide that you should continue, then we welcome you into the program with a special honouring ceremony where you commit to the next phase of the program, and we commit to supporting you in the next step of your journey.

Absolutely! We are also a registered charity.

If you are between 13-18 (inclusive) and have a willingness to get your life back from drugs, including alcohol, we welcome your referral.

Peak House looks like a house — it does not look like a hospital. It is located on a residential street in Vancouver. Youth have told us that the house feels comfortable, warm, safe and welcoming. To see images of the house click here.

We have a very individualized education component. We have a fantastic teacher through the Vancouver School Board. School is 1.5 hours during weekday mornings and is for Peak House youth only. The focus is on getting you back on track, caught up, or to help you look at what might be coming next like post-secondary education or career exploration. For more details on our school click here.

To find your nearest Alcohol and Drug counsellor contact the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service at 1-800-663-1441 or look in our resource section. Our Intake and Assessment Counsellor is happy to help you if you need assistance.

It varies — sometimes we have a bed available right away and other times there is a wait list. Contact our Intake and Assessment Counsellor for our current wait times.

There is no access to email at Peak House. Phone calls and mail are limited to family, caregivers and professional contacts for the first 30 days. After 30 days we will discuss other supportive people you might want on your contact list.

We do not think that any one model, theory, framework or program has a monopoly on what is effective for all persons struggling against problems. We are not a 12-step program, but we do go to two NA or AA meetings per week so that you can see if this feels like something that might help to support your goals.

Peak House is a pretty structured program; it’s hard to get bored around here. Check out the information guide for our schedule.

If you have looked over our website, talked to your Alcohol and Drug Counsellor, and think that Peak House might be a good program for you, the first thing you need to do is get in your referral package with the help of your Alcohol and Drug Counsellor. For more info on our intake process click here.

Peak House is free for British Columbia youth; it is funded through a contract with Vancouver Coastal Health. We do ask that you provide a $100 deposit to cover costs of prescriptions or personal hygiene products not otherwise paid for, and which may be used to cover the cost of wilful damage to the house or property (i.e. graffiti), if necessary. This deposit is refundable in full if not used for any of the above. We also request $100 for your allowance while you are here ($10/week).  NO ONE IS REFUSED ENTRY DUE TO LIMITED FUNDS. If finances are an issue speak with our Intake and Assessment Counsellor.

Peak House is a voluntary program. If you decide we are not the right program for you, or this is not the right time, you are welcome to leave. We ask that if you choose to leave the program early, you arrange this with staff so that we can ensure you leave in the safest way possible.

In addition to the daily schedule, we also do a lot of fun stuff. Some of our past activities have included swimming, going to the PNE/Playland, attending cultural events, art activities, trips to the beach, hiking, camping, kayaking and rock climbing, hockey games, attending music concerts and plays. We do our best to get out into nature and enjoy this beautiful land as often as we can.

Download this list of items and clothing we recommend you bring to Peak House. Details of what to pack are included on the list, along with the items we ask you not to bring into the house. If you have specific items you are unsure about contact our Intake and Assessment Counsellor for clarification.

We ask that you don’t bring in any candy or other snack food. Coffee is available in the mornings.

You can bring an MP3 player as long as it does not have texting, messaging, web browsing capabilities. This is an opportunity to unplug and focus on yourself.

We have a nurse practitioner that comes to the house once a week. Of course, if you need to see a doctor for any medical emergencies we will make sure you get the attention you need.