This month, learn how to access public drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs in New Brunswick in this installment of Provincial Snapshot. Each month, we are outlining the steps you must take to access public drug rehab and alcohol treatment in each province. This post will detail how to access different levels of addiction and mental health care. If you or someone you know requires urgent help, please call 911.
Public Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Programs in New Brunswick
New Brunswick has eight Addiction Centres in the province. It is unfortunate there are only eight and they don’t cover the province evenly. However, each centre is home to a multitude of services and once there and assessed, you can be referred to almost any service you may need. Less specific to addiction but still closely linked, there are also 14 Community Mental Health Centres (CMHC) across the province. You can find your closest CMHC here. New Brunswick is Canada’s only official bilingual province, and so all these offices can provide service in both English and French.
The eight cities that you can access public drug and alcohol treatment in New Brunswick are Bathurst, Campbellton, Edmunston, and Tracadie in the north which are part of Vitalite Health Network. Fredericton, Miramichi, and Saint John are part of Horizon Health Network, and Moncton is served by both health authorities. They all have comprehensive services available. These centres do not require a doctor’s referral, although that sometimes may help speed up the process for specialized services. Once you are assessed at the centre the staff will refer you on to the services you require, most of which will be accessed at the same location. Specialized addiction services that are available include inpatient detox, methadone maintenance, individual and group counseling, and short or long term rehab. These centres also provide services for family members and others affected by substance use, problem gambling, and mental health issues.
For a contact list of the eight Addiction Centres see the New Brunswick Health website here. If you are looking for both public and private treatment options in New Brunswick, have a look at our provincial page here.