Dec. 21, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The provincial government is providing $50,000 for Sophia Recovery Centre, a non-residential addiction support centre for women. Health Minister Mary Schryer made the announcement today.
"The provincial government recognizes the important contribution of the Sophia Recovery Centre to the health and well-being of vulnerable women in New Brunswick," said Schryer. "As minister of health and minister responsible for the status of women, I commend the Sophia Recovery Centre on its valuable work and ongoing efforts in support of addictions treatment."
Sophia Recovery Centre offers treatment, continuing care and peer support.
"This generous contribution by the government will help the centre to remain open and to better provide ongoing care, which is critical in maximizing a woman's ability to sustain long-term abstinence," said Arleen Brawley, the centre's executive director.
The centre, which opened in February 2008, provides clients with access to 12-step addiction counselling that includes education, fellowship and individual therapy. The centre also offers specially designed workshops and retreats for women new to recovery or at high-risk for relapse, as well a resource library, peer support and volunteer opportunities.
The Department of Health has also recently doubled the funding for a needle distribution program managed by AIDS Saint John; and provided funds to renovate and to increase physician hours at the Ridgewood Addictions Services Treatment Centre.
MEDIA CONTACT: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.