Addictions treatment centre officially opens in Harbour Grace

Andrew Robinson
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First clients expected to arrive later this month

With 20 years of experience helping people with addictions issues, Cindy Clarke understood there was a clear need for specialized facilities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“This is a very proud day for me,” said the programming manager for The Grace Centre, the new multimillion-dollar adult addictions treatment facility in Harbour Grace.

The 18-bed operation received its official opening on Thursday, with a large crowd of community members and Eastern Health staff on hand, plus officials from the Town of Harbour Grace.

Located in the former St. Paul’s School building, staff at the centre will take a holistic approach to treating complex alcohol and drug addictions for people 18 years of age and older. The official opening comes almost six years after the project was first announced.

“I can’t wait to have our clients in here to provide this service that is well needed within the province,” said Clarke.

Services provided at the new facility will be more comprehensive than what’s offered through outpatient services. By taking in people dealing with addictions for a period of 28 days, staff will treat each patient’s psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

“It will be done through individual, group and family counseling,” said Clarke, noting that technology will help with the latter form of counseling.

The end goal for Clarke and others working at The Grace Centre will be to reduce the risk of relapse and manage recovery through a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Kim Grant, Eastern Health’s regional director for mental health and addictions, knows Harbour Grace well, having started her career in addictions work there.

“At the time, we were a staff of two,” she said. “Now to see that we have a full-fledged, interdisciplinary mental health and addictions team that serves people in the local area on an outpatient basis and this state of the art addictions treatment centre that will serve the general population of the province — it’s so gratifying to see such positive growth in our addictions services that will respond and address the needs of individuals and their families.”


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Health Minister John Haggie, who is also a medical doctor, said the opening of the adult addictions centre marks an important step for Newfoundland and Labrador.

“By increasing access to specialized addictions services for those residents in need of more intensive programs, we’re providing help here in our own province and ultimately enabling our residents to remain closer to home and closer to family.”

The first group of clients will come to The Grace Centre later this month. The facility will complement services provided at other addictions treatment centres like Humberwood in Corner Brook.

Organizations: The Grace Centre, Town of Harbour Grace

Geographic location: St. Paul, Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook

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Recent comments

  • Here we go..........
    February 21, 2016 - 23:57

    Hope this is not like the Methadone fiasco where addicts show up everyday at the Pharmacy and get their fix at government expense. Taking them off one drug for another that can last for years and years. Just go your local drug store and watch them come in, get their methadone drugs and then go out and drive away.

  • Vicki Kell R.N.
    February 18, 2016 - 21:53

    28 days and the program is completed, is it voluntary or family sign in, need a referral or not, does it include family issues and interventions, it does not seem long enough to get clean, and do the work, then they come back to same friends, same community, same housing problems. lacking a job It's good news , its a start.

  • Bob the Builder
    February 18, 2016 - 15:23

    Would be nice to see some more interior pics of the place. The 'view the gallery' is not exactly a gallery.

  • Ruth
    February 18, 2016 - 14:54

    There was an addictions counselling centre in Harbour Grace back in the 80s. It was moved to Clarenville and then closed. It didn't work then, why would they think it would work now???

  • Anon
    February 18, 2016 - 12:52

    This is really great to see, but this isn't the root of the problem. They should also consider closing down the drug dealers in this area that seem to always walk and keep selling drugs, these people don't work but can afford to drive $90,000 luxury SUVs? Something just doesn't add up here.

  • Stephen  Redgrave
    Stephen Redgrave
    February 18, 2016 - 12:39

    Amazing!. This centre has been far too long in coming. Finally there is a glimmer of hope for parents and the children they love. Up until now the only help CYFS could offer a parent with a drug addicted son, or daughter was, "don't enable them with cash". "Give them gift cards, or pre paid credit cards--anything but cash". Does anyone really believe that this will get a child through horrendous withdrawals and the paid suffered by the family as a whole? This is the best thing that could be happening for thousands of parents whom have all but given up.

    • NA
      February 18, 2016 - 20:45

      Stephen...I think you misunderstood the article. This is an 18 bed 'adult' treatment center, as the story said. I believe there is a 12 bed youth addictions facility already open in Grand Falls-Windsor.