Health and Community Services
In Newfoundland and Labrador, services for people affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling are mainly provided through the four regional health authorities – Eastern Health, Central Health, Western Health and Labrador-Grenfell Health.
Services are provided for people who have been affected by their own substance use or gambling behaviour, and for people who have been affected by someone else’s behaviour.
A range of community-based treatment and intervention services are offered:
For information about alcohol, drug and gambling problems visit Get Up On It .
There are 26 outpatient offices that offer counselling services across the province. Counselling may be provided in individual, family or group sessions. An initial assessment will be completed to develop a individual treatment plan.
Early Intervention and Outreach for Youth
This program allows the Regional Health Authorities to provide effective outreach to youth who are at risk of developing addictions in the province.
Adult Residential Treatment Services
The Humberwood Treatment Centre is located in Corner Brook and operated by Western Health . The centre provides three week inpatient treatment program for men and women age 19 years and older who are experiencing a substance use and/or gambling problem. Individuals must be referred to the program by an addictions counselor or other community professional who will complete an assessment which explores the extent of the addiction and treatment goals. Clients participate in individual and group counselling, relaxation and leisure therapy, and education sessions. An extensive follow-up program is also provided through the outpatient offices at the completion of inpatient treatment.
Adolescent Day Treatment
The Rowan Centre is a day treatment program for adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 whose involvement with substance use and/or gambling is having a negative impact on their lives. The centre is located in St. John’s and is administered by Eastern Health. This program will accept referrals from across the province. The current capacity of the program is for ten full time youth and the average program length is twelve – sixteen weeks. Youth will move into less intensive follow up services upon completion of the day treatment program.
The Recovery Center is a provincial non-medical detoxification service which is operated by Eastern Health. The Recovery Centre, located in St. John’s, is open to men and women over the age of 16 who are intoxicated or who are experiencing symptoms of alcohol and other drug withdrawal or who need respite from a gambling problem. Clients of the Recovery Centre have full access to outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment services. Detoxification may also be accomplished at home under a doctor’s guidance or in a hospital for those experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms and needing supervised detoxification.
Opioid Treatment Centre
The Opioid Treatment Centre is located in St. John’s and is administered by Eastern Health. The purpose of this centre is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment, mainly through methadone maintenance, for individuals experiencing opiate addiction.
Anyone experiencing crisis as a result of their substance use and / or gambling problems may contact the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-888-737-4668 or the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-888-899-4357 (HELP).