Saint John

Where to get help

Self Help Groups

  • Alcoholics Anonymous – (506) 650-3114
  • Al-Anon – (506) 634-8779 (answering service)
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • Gamblers Anonymous – (506) 672-9115
    (Help Line – 800-461-1234)
  • Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868

Additional Groups

  • PASAGE Saint John Inc. – (506) 642-4035
  • Community Mental Health Services – (506) 658-3737
  • Sophia Recovery Centre – (506) 633-8783 (WOMEN ONLY)
  • Community Health Centre – (506) 632-5700
  • Charlotte County Addiction and Mental Health Services – (506) 466-7380

Ridgewood Rehab and Treatment Centre

  • Detox Unit – (506) 674-4333
  • Outpatient Counselor – (506) 674-4300 (ask for “intake worker”)
  • Charlotte County (St. Stephen) Youth Outpatient Counselor – (506) 465-4760
  • Kings County (Sussex) Youth Outpatient Counselor – (506) 432-3428

Ridgewood Addiction services is a community-based service of the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation. Professional staff provide a broad range of services to chemically dependent clients, compulsive gamblers, family members and the community. Ridgewood employs a holistic approach to assist clients to achieve a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Ridgewood has services available to youth. There are two outpatient counselors who work specifically with youth and their families.


  • Portage – (506) 839-1200

Portage Atlantic is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1995. In 1996, it opened a residential rehabilitation centre for adolescents on the shores of Cassidy Lake, near Sussex, New Brunswick. Over the years, more than 1,600 youth from New Brunswick and other Atlantic provinces have been treated at the 64-bed substance abuse rehabilitation centre. Portage is family-like atmosphere that offers a range of treatment programs to individuals with drug abuse problems. At Portage, they strive to help drug addicts become involved in society again by giving them the means and support systems to continue on in life drug free. The process is demanding but rewarding.

PASAGE Saint John also offers support:

Our office is open weekdays from 8:00am – 3:30pm. Our open door policy enables parents to stop in and pick up drug/alcohol/gambling information at their convenience. The opportunity for parents of troubled youth to share their fears and/or tears with a trained volunteer or staff member is a comfort to many.

Our resource library contains books, videos, and audio tapes. Topics include Drugs and Their Effects, Self Help, Effective Parenting, and Prevention of Drug Use.

We provide speakers for schools, youth groups, parenting groups, etc. Presentations are tailored to meet the needs of your group. Suggested topics include: Peer Pressure Reversal Skills, How to Talk to your Children About Drugs, Drug Addiction and Recovery.