"There are often misconceptions about people who use substances and how best to support them. But there are multiple pathways into substance use, no one client is the same.”
“While working for a halfway house helping former prisoners adjust to living in the community, I developed a passion for counselling. I went back to school to complete a Masters of Education in counselling and did my practicum at the SHARE society, a non-profit clinic, before joining Fraser Health in April 2018.
I’m part of the Substance Use Services Access Team. The people I help are often in crisis; their needs vary. Some need methadone or suboxone treatment (opioid agonist therapy), some need to get into counselling or residential treatment, still others need help getting income assistance or identification.
There are often misconceptions about people who use substances and how best to support them. But there are multiple pathways into substance use, no one client is the same. However, many have traumatic backgrounds or untreated mental health issues; substance use is often just one way of coping.
Seeing clients reach their goals keeps me motivated. I meet remarkable people with different challenges and strengths. I love sitting with them, connecting and being of service.
It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I love fantasy football. I’m in a few leagues with friends and family. I watch a lot on Sundays. We communicate over the phone during games – it’s kind of nerdy.”
-- Taylor Buis, Substance Use Clinician, Substance Use Services Access Team
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