CAMPBELLTON (GNB) – The Centre for Hope and Harmony, a new addiction treatment facility managed by the Vitalité Health Network in Campbellton, is now open and treating patients.

The centre is part of a $24.5 million effort to improve access to detox programs and concurrent disorder treatments for those who are struggling with addiction.

“This centre was built to provide hope and a way to overcome the very real struggles facing each patient,” said Sherry Wilson, minister responsible for mental health and addictions. “Where there is hope there is a chance to recover. This centre will help ensure New Brunswickers can access mental health and addiction services without barriers.”

Although located in Campbellton, the centre is available to support patients from across the province.

The number of beds used for concurrent disorder treatment services, which is designed to help patients with substance use and/or gambling problems for 35- to 90-day stays, will increase from 12 beds to 18.

Patients will be offered individual intervention plans featuring supportive services, strategies to reduce the risks of relapses, and help transitioning back into their communities.

Six beds are also available for a detox program, which is designed to provide medical supervision for a week-long or 10-day stay for people experiencing withdrawal.

“This is an important addition to our mental health network,” said Health Minister Bruce Fitch. “It takes strength to acknowledge one’s struggles. So, it is crucial we have these safe spaces where patients can access the support they need on their journey to mental wellness.”

A consultation process involving former patients, health professionals, members from the surrounding communities, including the Eel River Bar and Listuguj First Nations, contributed to the centre’s design and program offerings.

The new building features several family and therapy rooms, a cafeteria, a gym, a games room, a multicultural space, and a smudge room.

The addition of beds for people who need treatment for their mental illness and a substance use disorder is an action item under the provincial health plan – Stabilizing Health Care: An Urgent Call to Action, which has five action areas: access to primary health care, access to surgery, create a connected system, access to addiction and mental health services, and support seniors to age in place.