Why Pacifica?


Highly Trained and Professional Staff

All of our full time counsellors have Master's degrees providing the best therapy available. Many graduates of various schools of psychology have heard about Pacifica’s reputation and we always have applicants who want to join our team.

Ongoing staff training and research and use of client feedback keeps the program fresh and innovative.

  All Pacifica staff and volunteers are bound by our agency's Policies and Procedures, Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Pacifica's treatment model includes ‘trauma informed’ systems and services, which studies say reduce symptoms of mental illness and alcohol and drug use compared to women in traditional services. 

Experienced and Creative Volunteers

A fantastic group of volunteers and paid facilitators provide unique programs to compliment therapy sessions, like drumming, yoga, integrated energy healing, poetry, HIV/AIDS workshop, art therapy, SMART recovery, Looking at Life, Mindfulness, Seeking Safety, CA, NA, AA and Alanon.

Innovative and Client-Focused Programming

We are one of the oldest, if not the oldest, drug and alcohol treatment centres in the Vancouver area, a testament to our success in the area of treating addictions. Pacifica is one of only two fully licenced and accredited co-ed treatment centres in The Lower Mainland.

Pacifica has 3 levels of programming to suit various client requirements on admission. We support clients in learning what they need to know about addiction, recovery and about themselves in order to make the changes they need to make to succeed with their plans.

Safe, Convenient and Enjoyable Facilities

We offer private rooms to each client. Each client is issued their own key and the rooms are locked at all times. This privacy provides a safe, grounded environment which studies have proven to be a key to recovery.

Although we are a co-ed facility, men's and women’s floors are separate unless temporary circumstances prevail.

Our location, just off Commercial Drive on E. 11th Avenue, is convenient to downtown Vancouver and just 1 block from a major Skytrain hub. The building itself as you can see from the photographs, is apartment-style building, set in a lovely treed residential setting. The architecture is Californian in design with a large inner courtyard and plenty of skylights and large windows allowing maximum sunlight . All of the bedrooms, upper hallways, stairwells and offices have just been re-carpeted. There are 2 leisure rooms, one on the men's floor and one on the women’s.

A Best Practices base study of Pacifica reported: ” The facility and its upkeep were considered of highest quality, and seemed to play an important part in their residential experience.”

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia.