WHAT WE DOSince 2011, U-Turn has worked to empower people who are struggling with addiction to take control of their own recovery. Our Mission is to bring experience, strength, and hope to people who seek recovery from addiction.
As a community service organization, the U-Turn Drop-in Centre provides vital services that are having a positive impact on one of our communities most pressing social issues—drug addiction.
It was recognized that those who struggle with addiction issues have limited supports in the Trinity-Conception area. While treatment centers and continuing care services provide professional care, there is a noticeable gap in the supports available to people waiting for or returning from professional care. The U-Turn Drop-in Centre is responding with support services and resources informed by our experience and by the participants using our current services. Our activities include:
- Referrals to addiction and continuing care services
- Individual and group peer support
- Family support
- Resources information
- Addiction recovery education
- Recreational opportunities and special events
- Community outreach
- Partnerships with other community organizations
- Committee involvement and advocacy at the local and provincial level
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 help, continuing care and recovery support, and anything from basic personal care items to legal assistance.
The U-Turn Drop-in Centre is an anchor for all the recovering addicts in this area.” — Debbie (mother of recovering addict)
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. This has been one of the great successes of U-Turn.
As part of our outreach efforts, we frequently engage with our communities through information presentations and special events, raising awareness of drug and addiction issues in our communities and increasing community support for the Centre.
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.
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 Newfoundland and Labrador. Our work has given us shining examples of what’s possible when people have access to the programs and services they need to move forward toward their potential.