Tsow-Tun Le Lum Society
Substance Use and Trauma Treatment Centre


How do I know I am eligible to come to Tsow-Tun Le Lum?

Please read through the Admission Criteria to determine if you are eligible to come to one of our programs. If you still have questions, please phone us at 250-390-3123.

Where is Tsow-Tun Le Lum? How do I get there (plane, bus, taxi)? 

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We are located on Miller Rd south of Duncan on Cowichan lands. Travelling south from Nanaimo on Highway 1, turn right onto Miller Rd (across highway from The Old Farm Market).  In approximately .75km, TTLL is on the left at 2850 Miller Rd – a large building with green roof.

If travelling from Victoria, turn left on Miller Rd and continue to TTLL on the left at 2850 Miller Rd.

If travelling by air: Nanaimo is the nearest airport (YCD). Taxi’s are available at the airport. You must have a taxi voucher or cash, as we do not pick up people at the airport.

When is the next available intake date? Is there a waiting list?

Once an applicant has been approved, there is between a three to a six month wait list. Please ensure your application package is complete (no information, dates, or signatures missing); as this can increase the time it takes to approve an application.

We have intake dates throughout the year. Program participants are booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

When your application is approved, your referral worker is notified and advised of the assigned intake date. Please check back with your referral worker for the date and other information.

How long is treatment? 

Why are there mandatory sobriety lengths?

Tsow-Tun Le Lum does not have medical staff, and therefore cannot properly care for those who are experiencing withdrawals or detoxing.  The work of healing and learning about yourself is intense.  Past experience has proven that participants have a much better time in program and higher success rates if they have arrived with the recommended sobriety time.

What will I do in treatment?

Group and individual therapy programs are under the direction of our professional team. Cultural and spiritual healing is provided under the direction of our Elders. Each of our programs successfully integrates traditional teachings with modern therapeutic techniques.

Can couples or families come together?

Tsow-Tun Le Lum provides programs for individual participants. This allows for participants to focus on their own healing, rather than that of a family member.  Our programs are COED.

Is there a minimum age for admission? 

Applicants must be 19 years of age and older.

What does it cost?

There is no per diem charge for Indigenous people who have Status, and Recognised Inuit, who are residents of Canada. Programs are funded by First Nations Health Authority. Travel to and from the Centre is the responsibility of the participant. Self pay admission is $300 per day (must be paid in advance).

How do I get referred to Tsow-Tun Le Lum?

Please see a referral worker (Counsellor, Psychologist, or Therapist) to be referred to our programs.

Where can I get an application for treatment?

All applicants must meet admission criteria and adhere to requirements identified in the intake package. Applicants must see a counsellor to be referred for treatment (we do not accept self-referrals). Referral workers may print an intake package under the “Referral Package” tab within our website menu.

Does Tsow-Tun Le Lum offer detox services?

No. We do not have the medical facilities nor the resources required to support people who are experiencing detox.

Applicants must be able to physically and mentally participate in an intensive live-in program. A minimum of 2 weeks sobriety is required to be considered for admission to the substance use program. The 5-week trauma program requires applicants to have abstained from the use of drugs and alcohol for a minimum of 6 months.

Longer sobriety times before treatment result in greater success in maintaining sobriety after treatment.

Is there a store, bank, or bank machine near the centre?

Participants are encouraged to bring enough personal supplies for the duration of their stay; and must bring Identification cards, bank cards, and spending money, which will be stored in a locked safe.