East Kootenay Addiction Services Society uses a whole community approach to encourage open dialogue and healthy communication about drug and alcohol use.

We focus on health promotion and strengths-based positive youth development, always seeing youth as valuable resources. We believe young people are at their best and most healthy when connected to school, family and community.

The Circle of Courage® provides the philosophical foundation for the work of Substance Use Education Programs at EKASS. This model was developed by Dr. Martin Brokenleg and is based on the universal principle of being emotionally healthy. All youth need a sense of belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.

EKASS partners with school staff to test new curricula and develop staff training. Using lessons relevant to the lived experiences of youth, new drug & alcohol curricula promote dialogue, critical thinking and awareness among students regarding alcohol & other drug issues.