More substance abuse recovery supports are now available for people living in the Annapolis Valley area who have a substance use or gambling disorder.
The Wellness and Withdrawal Management program at Soldiers Memorial Hospital in Middleton will now provide better links to care based on people’s individual needs.
The Middleton Recovery Support Center offers in-person assessments, outpatient withdrawal management, and recovery support programs, including individual and group supports. It will also connect people to other levels of care, like community mental health and addictions clinics or opioid recovery programs, if needed.
“Nova Scotians struggling with addictions need more support closer to home,” said Brian Comer, minister responsible for the Office of Addictions and Mental Health. “The reopening of this center under the new model of care will further strengthen supports for people with substance and gambling addictions.”
The center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team including a nurse practitioner, physician, nurses, social workers, counsellors, occupational therapist and administrative staff.
People can come to the center for services or make an appointment by calling 902-825-0207, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. People can also call the Mental Health and Addictions Intake Service at 1-855-922-1122, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Referrals will also come from family physicians, emergency departments, and community mental health and addictions clinics.
This is the third center to open under the new recovery support center model. The first opened in Dartmouth in January and the second in New Glasgow in February. A total of 10 recovery centers will be set up across the province over the next two years. Four other existing setback management sites in Lunenburg, Strait-Richmond, Sydney and Yarmouth will evolve to the provincial model. New centers will also be created in Truro, North Sydney and Halifax.
With the arrival of the Recovery Support Center model in Middleton, we have moved closer to our goal of providing quality care for people with substance use disorders no matter where they live in Nova Scotia. . The way we care for people with addictive disorders continues to evolve as new research emerges and our models of care should always reflect current science.
Dr Dave Martell, Responsible doctor, Addiction Medicine, Mental Health and Addictions Program, Nova Scotia Health
- in the 2022-23 budget, the province committed $1.7 million to set up the new recovery support centers in Dartmouth, Truro, North Sydney and Halifax over two years
- since January, centers in Dartmouth and New Glasgow have supported more than 300 Nova Scotians
- the New Glasgow center expanded its services in June to include recovery support programs, such as recovery skills groups and individual support