About SUSEP

At first glance, it may be difficult to understand how a program combining employment and substance use could be effective. SUSEP operates from the belief that employment is an upstream harm reduction intervention, meaning that being employed can provide stability, meaning, and purpose. For folks who use substances, this can be life changing. However, there are significant barriers to employment for people who use substances. That's where SUSEP comes in. 


The Substance Use Support and Employment Program (SUSEP) provides long-term substance use support to individuals who are working, interested in working, or trying to work and want support with their goals around substance use and employment.


SUSEP services are participant directed, meaning that you tell us what you'd like to accomplish, and we help you get there through services like counselling, appointment accompaniment, advocacy, check-ins, connection to resources, and other supports.

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Curious About Who Attends SUSEP?

Here are some examples. At SUSEP, we help anyone who needs support around employment and/or substance use. So, remember, these are just examples!

Maybe you're already working and want to reduce the amount substances you use and access safe supply medication. We can help!

Maybe you want accompaniment to doctor's appointments, support with managing your substance use, and are interested in finding a job that is meaningful with flexible hours. We can help!

Maybe you haven't worked in years (or ever), have recently had some time away from using substances, and want support with your goals. We can help!