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About Us


Day One Society provides services and programs to bring hope, help, and healing to youth and adults experiencing issues or challenges with substance use. We respect the integrity of each human being and believe that each person can change and accept personal responsibility for their own physical, emotional, social and spiritual health.

Our History

Our Society’s history began in 1973 with the formation of the Parents Alert Society, a group concerned about drug use by Kamloops youth who established the Adonis House in Kamloops. In 1979, the Adonis House was converted to an in-patient detox facility, which became the Phoenix Centre and our Society assumed responsibility for alcohol and drug counselling services.


A New Name—Day One Society

In 1982, Parents Alert Society changed its name to Kamloops Society for Alcohol and Drug Services. 41 years later in 2023, to better reflect the ‘one day, one step at a time’ journey of our clients and the hope that each new day brings, the Society changed its name to Day One Society. Over the past 50 years, the Society has grown to become the regional expert in withdrawal management and substance use services. Our dedicated team of healthcare, medical, and administrative professionals serve hundreds of youths, adults, and families throughout the Interior of British Columbia.

Our Mandate

At Day One Society, we believe in transformation. Every person, every family, and every community deserves wellness and we are committed to helping people achieve that through effective and innovative programs and services. Our mandate is to:

  • Provide medically supported withdrawal management treatment to those struggling with substance use issues

  • Provide education, counselling, outreach, and support to youth and families impacted by substance use

  • Provide education to the larger community, raising awareness about the issue of substance use

Green Gradient

“I can express myself now, and just be myself. I feel like I have a lot to look forward to. It was a new beginning for me.”
(Name withheld by request)

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