The doctor leading Nova Scotia's newest addiction recovery centre in Dartmouth says it's not a typical clinic, but more of an access point for people seeking help.
Patrick Daigle is program leader with Nova Scotia Health's community mental health and addictions services.
He said the idea of the centre is to be a hub of information and services with no need for a doctor's referral.
"It's the first of its kind I think in Nova Scotia," Daigle said. "We're trying to reduce the barriers for people suffering from moderate to severe substance-related issues."
Daigle says there are multiple ways of gaining access more immediately, such as walking in, calling directly or going through their central intake.
"We truly want to act as a hub of information to screen and assess whether the services are appropriate for you," Daigle said.
The addiction recovery centre is located at 45 Alderney Dr. Daigle says another three locations are expected to be up and running across the province in the next few years.