Substance Use

Substance Use


Healing Hearts Canada – a peer-based support group program for families and loved ones who have lost someone to a substance related passing. Please click link for all groups offered in B.C.

GRASP  – Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing Support Groups

  • Langley, Surrey and Fraser Valley GRASP[email protected]
  • Kelowna GRASP: email [email protected] or call 250-718-6735
  • Comox: Beyond the Stigma, Silence and Sorrow  Contact Purcell at 250-650-7282, or Nicole Burgess at 250-339-5533
Online Resources – Loss Due to Substance Use

7 Ways Grief is Compounded by an Overdose Death
BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU)
Article:  Parental Grief After a Child’s Drug Death…

Download: The BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) “Gone Too Soon” Grief Handbook To order a physical copy of the Gone Too Soon Grief Handbook, Click Here.

Brochure: Helping Yourself Heal When Someone You Care About Dies of a Drug Overdose by Dr. Alan Wolfelt – available through the BC Bereavement Helpline. Please click here to order.

The G.A.P. Network Grief and Addiction Support Resource List – A resource list with emphasis on social media communities, compiled by individuals who have lost loved ones to drug overdose.

From Grief to Action  – A voice and support network for families and friends affected by substance use.

Moms Stop the Harm is an advocacy group consisting of a network of Canadian mothers and families whose loved ones have died due to substance use, or hope for recovery. You can join as a Network Ally or Network Member. Click here for their Facebook page.

Nar-Anon  – The Nar-Anon Family Groups is primarily for those who know or have known a feeling of desperation concerning the addiction proglem of someone very newar to you. Click here for BC Nar-Anon Meetings.

Parents Forever – Supporting families affected by substance use. Parents Forever is a professionally supported, mutual support group for parents and family members of adult addicted children (18 years of age and up) located in Vancouver.

When someone has died related to substance use – This resource has been designed to help you understand and care for yourself as you grieve. It was developed by the Canadian Virtual Hospice in collaboration with national grief specialists and people who have grieved a substance-related death. We are grateful to those who shared their wisdom and experiences.