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Addiction Recovery Centre for Women moves to a bigger space in Saint John

Sophia Recovery Centre for Women, which first opened in uptown Saint John in 2008, has relocated to a larger space at 238 Metcalf St. in Saint John. The new facility aims to provide ongoing care for women in addiction recovery and is a non-residential, non-profit centre. This new location replaces the previous centre near St. Joseph’s Hospital on Hazen Street.

Sophia Recovery Centre was started in 2008 by Sister Arleen Brawley and Sister Mary Beth McCurdy (SCIC). It is a community centre that offers programs to help women overcome addiction and its effects.

Sophia Recovery provides support for women dealing with substance abuse along with their families by offering one-on-one mentoring, group workshops, and social activities. Additionally, the centre has open house hours at all its locations where women can quickly visit, have tea and coffee, and join group activities. The centre also has special programs for girls aged 16 and older and ensures access to mental health counseling for women through its free-of-cost programs.

Since 2008, the centre has expanded its reach by adding locations in St. Stephen and Quispamsis to meet growing demand. During 2023, the centre was visited by close to 500 women and more than 5,000 counseling sessions were offered alongside peer check-ins and group programs. In response to the need across the province, expansion to Sussex and other New Brunswick communities is planned for the coming years.