About Sophia Recovery
Sophia Recovery Centre is a non-residential community centre providing continuing care programs for women seeking to take their lives back from the wide-ranging impacts of addiction.
Since its founding in 2008, the centre has grown to encompass a well-rounded team of professionals and peer support specialists based in three southern New Brunswick communities: Saint John, St Stephen and Rothesay.
In response to the need across the province, expansion to Sussex and other New Brunswick communities has been mapped out for the coming years.
Who is Sophia?
From ancient times, the name Sophia has represented a uniquely feminine expression of divine wisdom.
Rooted in experience and compassion, Sophia values the power of being present and seeking the harmony of body, mind and spirit.
As a guiding spirit for our work, Sophia invokes hope, healing and freedom for all women seeking wellness and recovery.
The Sophia Recovery Centre Story
Sophia Recovery Centre was founded by Sister Arleen Brawley and Sister Mary Beth McCurdy (SCIC) in 2008. Sister Mary Beth tells a story about the day the centre opened on Hazen Street in Saint John.
The first visitor to ring the doorbell was a woman carrying a contribution of a delicious loaf of banana bread. Ever since that day, the doorbell has never stopped ringing.
Each new visitor brings a new member into the community, each adding to a beautiful community of shared support and wisdom.
Our Vision & Mission
Every woman seeking freedom from addiction will discover empowerment, community, and ongoing support.
We empower all women seeking recovery to take their lives back through a complement of on-site and virtual peer support services, 12-step coaching, counseling and compassionate continuing care programs.
In our clients' words
Sophia programs have given me an opportunity to reflect on myself, my past and my future and continue to empower me to be the best me I can be moving forward in my life. To be frank, I had just about given up and had hit rock bottom so many times that I had convinced myself that there was no hope and my family would be better off without me.
At Sophia , I began to realize that I wasn't being honest with myself or anyone around me about who I truly am as a woman, mother and daughter. Much of my life so far feels like I was asleep and living in fear and shame, and now I am so thrilled to be feeling like I am AWAKE!
I can't thank Sophia enough for your support, compassion and encouragement.
I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I came to Sophia. I thought that if I have “control issues,” I’m not going to overthink this - I’m just going to show up. Now I am 24 days sober from stimulants. Don’t overthink it. Just go to Sophia. It works!