Addictions centre a positive addition to Harbour Grace, says residents

Melissa Jenkins
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There was nothing but support at a Harbour Grace meeting at the firefighters’ social building Feb. 26 as Eastern Health officials presented details on the new adult addictions treatment centre that is in the works for the town.

 

Supporters of the centre, and also active volunteers in the Carbonear-Harbour Grace area, take a look at the posters of the new facility layout. They are, from left, Kathleen Mercer, Kerri Abbott, Stacy Harris and Terri Whyte.

More than 50 residents turned out for a presentation about the new facility, and for the opportunity to ask questions. The facility will be located at the SPLASH centre on Lady Lake Road (formerly St. Paul’s School).

The meeting began with a rundown of Eastern Health, and its position with healthcare in the province.

 It quickly turned to details on addiction, offered programs and how the new facility will fit into it.

“The program (at the new facility) is expected to be part of a continuum,” explained Cindy Clarke, the program manager for the centre.

She described the centre as only a part of recovery for a patient, and said all services the Mental Health and Addictions department within Eastern Health can be available for those who need it before, or after, going to the treatment facility. This includes Opioid treatment centres (Methadone cliniics), the adolescent program offered at the Rowan Centre in St. John’s, the recovery centre and Humberwood addictions centre in Corner Brook.

The program is strictly voluntary, and must be referred by either a physician or an addictions services office – there is one in Bay Roberts and one in Harbour Grace.

Some residents asked questions after the presentation, but nothing was negative. Everyone appeared anxious to have the facility built and open because of the strong need in the town.

It’s something this town needs, said one resident. It was echoed by another.

The facility will bring 30 new jobs to the area – 20 clinical staff and 10 administrative. It will be staffed 24 hours a day, and a security checkpoint will be located at the main entrance.

Once the meeting was over, those in attendance were given the opportunity to take a pamphlet and view posters on display.

Each poster showed the final look and layout of the two-storey facility, which received a positive response from those in attendance. The layout will include 18 patient beds lining the perimeter of the upstairs floor, and offices and medical-related rooms in the centre.

The downstairs will have group therapy rooms, doctors’ offices and the gymnasium.

It will be approximately 25,000 square feet, and will be a “renovation project.”

The cost was not readily available because tenders for the project closed earlier this month. It could take 60 days before a contract is awarded.

The entire project is expected to be completed sometime in 2015.

Organizations: Mental Health and Addictions department, Rowan Centre

Geographic location: Harbour Grace, Lady Lake Road, St. Paul Corner Brook Bay Roberts

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  • Sarah
    February 28, 2014 - 09:34

    Bravo to the town of Harbour Grace for supporting this much needed facility. They realize the addiction problem in this area and instead of doing the "Not in my backyard" arguments they doing something positive...Hats off to the folks of Harbour Grace!

  • Sheila ryan
    February 27, 2014 - 20:18

    This is great news indeed and more places are needed to help people who struggle with addiction. The new place will do a lot to help. Good for you Harbour Grace and surrounding areas for being so welcoming and not sticking your heads in the snow bank about the realities of addiction and it's destruction not only for the addict but for the families and the entire community. When one person beats addiction, everyone wins. Well done yourselves...

  • Duffy
    February 27, 2014 - 17:56

    The treatment center will hopefully help many addicts get off of the drugs they voluntarily took themselves at their own choice. AND before we get "all goosebumpy" about all this taxpayer money being spent on those that caused their own misery/illnesses by poor decision making - remember that Methadone is just another addicting drug which makes the government the new drug dealer. I do hope that the person that wants to get clean gets the treatment they need..............other than that it is just free dope.

    • Lynn Lee
      February 27, 2014 - 18:55

      I don't think you understand what this is. This isn't a methadone clinic. This is a treatment facility.

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2014 - 12:02

      Duffy, I'm not sure where exactly you get your facts however there are plenty of people who become addicted to drugs due to doctors and prescriptions. For example people who have been into a terrible accident, given an opioid for pain management and then become addicted. Who do we blame for their addiction? The person who caused the terrible accident, the doctor who prescribed the medication to help the person pain or the person who "allowed" themselves to become addicted? Whether a person openly decided to try a drug on their own or was prescribed something by their doctor that in the end caused them to become dependent on the drug they need help and should be allowed to receive help without snarky remarks about how they have become addicted. It's great to have a treatment facility in the area to help those who want the help to become clean and sober!! Good for you Town of Harbour Grace

    • Anonymous
      February 28, 2014 - 12:04

      Duffy, I'm not sure where exactly you get your facts however there are plenty of people who become addicted to drugs due to doctors and prescriptions. For example people who have been into a terrible accident, given an opioid for pain management and then become addicted. Who do we blame for their addiction? The person who caused the terrible accident, the doctor who prescribed the medication to help the person pain or the person who "allowed" themselves to become addicted? Whether a person openly decided to try a drug on their own or was prescribed something by their doctor that in the end caused them to become dependent on the drug they need help and should be allowed to receive help without snarky remarks about how they have become addicted. It's great to have a treatment facility in the area to help those who want the help to become clean and sober!! Good for you Town of Harbour Grace

    • A
      March 01, 2014 - 07:06

      Duffy, You have a lot of reading to do and information to seek if you think that methadone is just free dope. I used to think the same thing until a loved one had to start the program. You should follow the link below, read the information and pay close attention to the "How Does It Work" section. http://www.cpha.ca/en/portals/substance/prevention/faq05.aspx