ABOUT US

Since 2011, U-Turn has helped people connect with the treatments and supports needed to build their capacity to overcome addiction and realize their potential in recovery.

WHY WE EXIST

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 are on the rise, significantly more in the Trinity-Conception Bay areas of the province.

Apparent opioid-related deaths increased from 18 in 2016 to 33 in 2017.

Hospital admissions involving opioids increased from 20 in 2016 to 84 in 2017.

It was also recognized that those who struggle with addiction issues in the Trinity-Conception Bay areas have limited supports; there is a noticeable gap in the support available to people waiting for or returning from professional treatment and aftercare services. The U-Turn Drop-in Centre is responding with support services informed by our experience and the participants using our current services.

HOW WE WORK

OUR MISSION
To bring experience, strength, and hope to people who seek recovery from addiction.

OUR VISION
A supportive recovery community where people are living beyond addiction.

OUR APPROACH
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.

OUR VALUES
We are committed to our core values of Compassion, Respect, and Integrity. We practice these values every day as we engage with people at the U-Turn Centre and support them in recovery.

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 IMPACT

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 potential. Read their stories of hope, courage and recovery.