Sophia Recovery Centre

Sophia Recovery offers something for every woman seeking improved substance use health

This includes family members and others who are personally impacted by addiction.

Our services include one-on-one peer mentoring, group workshops and opportunities to heal alongside other women through social and wellness group activities.

We have Open House hours at all locations. During these times, women are welcome to drop-in and enjoy tea and coffee in the kitchens and homey living rooms of our “home away from home."

In addition, we offer unique programming for girls aged 16+ and we’ve partnered with JUST US, KV Psychology and other local counselling practices so the women in our programs have access to barrier-free mental health counselling.

All Sophia services and activities are offered free of charge. We are so thankful to our
funding partners
and many generous donors for making this possible.

Individualized Support

Peer Mentoring

Find your way to wellness with the support of an empathetic peer who will walk the journey alongside you, sharing their lived experience of recovery to help you navigate the challenges.

For women seeking recovery:

Regular calls or meetings with Recovery Peers provide individualized guidance and practical tools for success.

For family members:

Appointments with a Family Support Peer provide encouragement and facilitate learning about the CRAFT approach to supporting a family member with a substance use disorder.


We will help you connect with a local counsellor who will support you in dealing with the complex challenges that are often interwoven with risky substance use:

  • Handling Difficult Emotions
  • Creating Healthy Relationships
  • Trauma
  • Intimate Partner and other forms of violence.

Group Workshops

Helping Women Recover

Explore the key issues of self-esteem, relationships, sexuality, spirituality and trauma.

Sessions are 3 hours over the course of 5 weeks.

Healing Trauma

Learn more about trauma and/or abuse and develop coping skills to promote grounding and focus on your safety. This program helps women:

  • Understand more about trauma
  • Develop skills to needed for healing
  • Build techniques that help in feeling safe and grounded
  • Become aware of their strengths that can help with recovery

SMART Meeting Approach

SMART Recovery is an evidenced-informed recovery method grounded in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), that supports people with substance dependencies or problem behaviours to:

  • Build and maintain motivation
  • Cope with urges and cravings
  • Manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • Live a balanced life

Writing Circle

This workshop explores writing as a healing practice.  It offers inspiration and where it comes from while tapping into memories to write about.  Writing Circle participants engage in creative self-discovery, discover a therapeutic emotional outlet and build uplifting social connections.

Offered several times throughout the year in  Saint John, Charlotte County and the KV Centre.



Social & Wellness Activities

Sophia is a home away from home for women who need someone to lean on. We host opportunities for women to support each other in activity-based groups such as art, music, knitting, yoga, walking and bike riding, gardening, meditation, book clubs, and other special events.

We provide a monthly calendar for each centre including specific times for all activities.