Comfortably UN-Numb – Learning to Live without Substances

Umbrella is excited to announce a new, four-week recovery group called “Comfortably UN-Numb; Learning to Live without Substances” starting in September 2020. This group is ideal for those who have chosen to live their life without substances, and need some help managing the “what’s next” in their recovery journey. This group will delve into important topics such as communications, finances, relationships, forgiveness and much more, weekdays from 9-11:30am.

More information here or call/text our office at 250-380-0595.

The Umbrella Experience


Umbrella is pleased to offer a check in group for anyone wanting connection and conversation.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, we will be offering this experience via ZOOM and participants will need to supply their own coffee!

An Umbrella team member will be available each Friday from 1-2pm.

ZOOM Meeting details here or call/text our office 250-380-0595.

We look forward to connecting with you.

Umbrella AIR


AIR (anxiety in recovery) is a support group for those struggling with anxiety in early recovery. Every meeting will be a mixture of both education and open discussion and we will be working through modules with subjects ranging from the physiology of anxiety disorders to practical solutions for managing emotions and physical sensations.

Suffering from an anxiety disorder and being in early recovery can be a very lonely place. Jake and Luke have both been there and are keen to inform participants that there is hope and that they are not alone in their struggles.

Umbrella AIR takes place on Mondays from noon – 1pm via ZOOM beginning Monday October 26th.

For more information and access to the group please click here.

SMART Recovery Meetings

Since August 2019, Umbrella has been hosting a weekly SMART Recovery meeting at office located at #8-415 Dunedin Street.

This drop in group is facilitated by Conor, Myles and Stefanie and runs from 12noon to 1:30pm.

Our office is on a bus route and there is lots of free street parking on both Garbally and Dunedin. Be prepared to be greeted by Lyca sometimes, as she likes to join in all fun things recovery related.

The coffee will be on!

Umbrella’s SMART Recovery meeting will be offered online for the duration of the Covid19 health Emergency. For more information on how to access this SMART meeting please click here.

All Things Gratitude

Please join us for a weekly exploration and expression of all things Gratitude, hosted by Dottie.

The practice of Gratitude has incredible positive impacts to our life and existence.

Gratitude releases us from toxic emotions, changes the direction of our lives through steering us away from negative feelings and thoughts, expands the positive energy to everything we do and those we interact with, and has lasting impacts on our mental health and brain function.

This weekly online groups takes place on Tuesdays from 7pm-8pm via zoom.

For more information and access to the group, please click here.

Umbrella Rainbow Group

Umbrella is pleased to offer a new recovery support group for individuals that are part of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

We know that addiction affects people who identify as LGBTQ2S+ at a higher rate, and Umbrella understands the importance of a safe space to offer support and connection. Starting December 8, our facilitators Braelynne and Theo bring their knowledge, passion and lived experience to this weekly group.

For more information, click here.

West Shore Group

The West Shore Group (WSG) runs Friday’s in Langford. This psycho-educational group is a collaboration with Island Health and is co-facilitated by Cait, and with Betty, a counsellor from AOT through Island Health.

This is a 6-week group with weekly intake, that is only accessible by referral.

Please contact Island Health for more information.

Dad's Wellness Group

Umbrella is excited to offer our second five week group for dads with substance use challenges.

The pilot for this group started last September and covered topics such as substance use, communication, anger and other emotions, wellness and self compassion. Each week our co-facilitors, both dads in recovery Evan and Justin, planned presenters and an environment for learning, challenging thoughts and behaviours and robust conversations. Some of the topics included substance use, communication, wellness, anger and other emotions and self compassion.

The demand was so high and the feedback so positive that we want to offer it again. The weekly next series will run in the evening beginning March 3rd and ending on March 31st. This group is only available to dads who register with the office.

Umbrella’s office is on a bus route and there is lots of free street parking on Garbally and Dunedin.

Refreshments will be provided.

The Dad’s Wellness Group is not available during the Covid19 health crisis.


Connections is a drop-in group for individuals, and their loved ones, needing immediate support with substance use issues. This group is a partnership with Island Health and was created to provide support to those on wait lists, offer advice or resource information, and help those who aren’t sure what to do next.

This low-barrier group requires no intake or registration.

In Victoria just drop in on Friday between 2:30-3:30 at 1119 Pembroke, where Louise will be there to help.

Connections is not available during the Covid19 health crisis.