Withdrawal Management Services


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Welcome to the Bridge's Withdrawal Management Services (WMS) for substance abuse!  We know how difficult of a decision it can be to finally seek help. We hope you find the information you need here on the site to help aid you in the process.  If not, please phone us at:  

250-763-0456 ext. 325

Toll Free: 1-855-760-0456


The Bridge WMS provides 10 medically supported community based Withdrawal Management beds, for both men and women. Participants will be monitored by a physician and receive 24 hour a day care by a licensed practical nurse (LPN). The Bridge Withdrawal Management Services provides effective and safe withdrawal management services based on best practices and ethical codes of conduct.  This program is strictly voluntary and participants are free to leave at any time. 


Not everyone with substance abuse problems needs to go through a withdrawal management process. Our WMS staff will determine your level of need and immediacy based on a triage system. Participants will be helped to withdraw from substances (including prescription drugs) and alcohol.


Prospective male and female participants will be admitted if:

  • the participant is experiencing alcohol and/or drug toxicity and health complications are probable 
  • the participant requests admission 
  • the participant is 19 years of age or older 
  • the participant is medically stable 

Intake & Orientation

A thorough intake assessment will be completed by staff immediately upon arrival. This is an in-depth, one-on-one process aimed at gathering important information used to guide the withdrawal process.  Participants will then be provided with an orientation, including a tour of the facility and location of fire exits, and given a key to their assigned room. 


A complete physical assessment by a physician will be done within 24 hours of admission. During the withdrawal process, residents will be able to see the physician as needed (with nurse’s’ discretion) up to once a day and prior to discharge for discharge assessment.


Groups: Participants will be encouraged to attend small educational groups facilitated by staff that address addiction, coping skills, symptom management, and learning about community resources.


Naturapathic Doctor: A professional naturopath will be providing a variety of holistic health services to participants such as consultation, acupuncture, nutrition, spinal adjustments, and more.


Transition Planning and Discharge: Transition planning will begin as early as admission, particularly for those residents in need of housing. Staff will regularly communicate with and help participants to make a plan for what they will do after discharge. All participants will be made aware of their discharge date 1-3 days in advance.