U-Turn is a community-based drop-in centre dedicated to helping individuals and families navigate the process of addiction recovery towards long-lasting sobriety.
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.
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
OUTREACH AND SUPPORT
We provide a safe, supportive environment where people can connect with the treatment and recovery supports they need to overcome addiction.
- 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
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.
We have been privileged to be part of the recovery stories of hundreds of people in our communities. Here are some of their stories of courage and hope.