ABOUT USWe are a force of hope and healing for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction.
WHY WE WORK
In Newfoundland, drug use, addiction, overdose and death are happening in our communities. The death count is the result of an escalating public health crisis – an epidemic of opioid addiction. The crisis is made deadlier by the influx of powerful drugs like fentanyl and oxycodone. These drugs are available in every community and addiction issues have risen sharply, significantly more in the Trinity-Conception Bay area of the province.
Apparent opioid-related deaths increased from 18 in 2016 to 25 in 2017 to 51 in 2018.
Hospital admissions involving opioids increased from 20 in 2016 to 48 in 2017.
It was also recognized that those who struggle with addiction issues in the Trinity-Conception region have limited supports available while waiting for or returning from professional treatment and aftercare services. The U-Turn Drop-in Centre is responding to fill the gap with support services informed by our experience and the participants using our current services.
HOW WE WORK
To bring experience, strength, and hope to people who seek recovery from addiction.
A supportive recovery community where we help people live beyond addiction.
We are committed to our core values of Compassion, Respect, and Integrity. We practice these values every day as we engage with and support our peers in recovery.
Our approach to recovery is based on a peer-led recovery-focused model, the concept of fellowship and the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. We believe by developing and maintaining strong ties with the 12-step community, our chances of a lifelong recovery increases exponentially.
WHAT WE DO
We have served thousands of people since opening our doors in 2011. We continue striving to reach those who aren’t in recovery and serve those we work with more effectively, in concert with the support systems available across the province.
OUTREACH AND SUPPORT
- Referrals to addiction treatment and continuing care services
- Naloxone kit and overdose prevention training
- Individual and group peer support
- Family support
- Resources information
- Addiction recovery education
- Recreational and wellness opportunities
The Drop-in Centre is our point of contact with the people in our communities most impacted by alcohol and drug addiction. Every day, we meet people from all walks of life seeking addiction treatment and recovery support, and anything from basic personal care items to legal assistance.
Visitors find a warm welcome, a compassionate ear, and most of all hope that there is a healthier, more satisfying life beyond addiction. We work to build trusting relationships and recovery plans, emphasizing the individual’s own needs and goals. Visitors are advised on addiction treatment and aftercare services, introduced to services within U-Turn, and to community resources. We provide opportunities for people to connect with others to share their experience and resources and receive mutual support in a safe environment.
From this central hub, we are able to connect people to the programs and services they need to move forward. In this, the Centre is consistently working longer term, helping those struggling with addiction to continue working toward recovery, improved wellness, and increased support systems.
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY
Through access to resources, community information presentations, and special events (such as the National Addictions Awareness Week Walk), we continue to educate and advocate within the larger community around issues related to drug use and addictions. We continue to combat the stigma attached to addiction and raise awareness that there is help in the community for those who struggle with the disease of addiction.
BUILDING A BETTER SYSTEM
We invest time and energy to lend our experiences and expertise to important policy and systems change conversations at the local and provincial level. We are working collaboratively with community members, partners, and government to build better systems. We do this so that people in our community who are struggling with the disease of addiction have a voice and will have access to better services to meet their needs.
Our work has given us shining examples of what’s possible when people have access to the programs and services they need to move beyond addiction toward their real potential. Read their stories of hope, courage and recovery.
Jeff Bourne, a recovering alcohol and drug addict, and pastor, Jesse Bown, form a partnership and a commitment to explore what could be done in the Trinity-Conception region in the face of a growing drug and addictions problem. It was soon realized that a missing piece in the addiction recovery process was a place to provide support to the addicted and their families while on their path to recovery.
Representatives from Eastern Health mental health and addictions, clergy, recovering addicts, community members, social work, research, criminal justice and the RCMP come together to form the Community Awareness Addiction Committee
The CAAC identifies need for addiction recovery supports and approaches government, who were more than willing to support a drop-in centre to connect addicts with health care providers, and to support addicts in their recovery post-treatment.
The Hon. Jerome Kennedy grants funding to open the U-Turn Drop-in Centre
U-Turn open its doors to the community, offering referrals to addiction services, advocacy, individual and family peer support, 12-step support groups, recovery education and sober recreation activities.
Jeff Bourne becomes the Executive Director of U-Turn
U-Turn partners with The Grace Centre to offer peer support at the addiction treatment facility.
In concert with National Addictions Awareness Week, U-Turn hosts its first community walk to raise awareness of addiction issues in the region, the first walk of its kind in rural Newfoundland.
U-Turn is allocated $120,000 in the provincial budget to help expand its peer support services.
U-Turn moves into its new, much bigger home on Industrial Crescent in Carbonear
U-Turn continues to be an active, thriving drop-in centre where hope, recovery and healing are found.