N.B. puts forward $485k to Saint John addiction centre renos

New Brunswick is putting aside more money for renovations to Saint John’s Sophia Recovery Centre and its new location.

The centre, which provides continuing care for women in recovery from addiction, is moving into 238 Metcalf St. in the city’s north end.

Officials from the provincial government are contributing $485,000 toward renovations to the centre, an increase of about $120,000.

Arlene Dunn, minister of Economic Development, said people need to realize that addiction is not a choice. She said when a loved one has an addiction, the shame, guilt, and powerlessness “can be overwhelming.”

“The programs and services offered by Sophia House provide hope for those looking to live a healthier life, and for the families and friends who love them,” she said.

“Sophia Recovery provides that, by taking away the judgement, the stigma and replacing them with a safe, healthy, supportive place for women to flourish.”

Officials say more than 300 women visited the centre in 2022 for counselling, peer check-ins and group programs.

The Sophia Recovery Centre, which first opened in uptown Saint John in 2008, hopes to move into its current location in December.