Life After Addiction: Lucy’s Story

Staff Interview by EHN Writer In celebration of Bellwood’s 35th anniversary. While Lucy has been a counsellor at Bellwood since 2016, her Bellwood story begins far before then. Lucy has volunteered at Bellwood since 2012 while she was studying psychology at York University to become a psychotherapist. She is proud that she has accomplished that … Read more

Debra Kine Helps the Men and Women We Call Heroes

Staff Interview by EHN Guest Writer Written by Lorelie Rozzano, an internationally recognized author and advocate. On August 4th, 2009, Debra Kine was hired at Edgewood Health Centre in Nanaimo, BC. With a Master’s degree in Theology and a Master’s degree in Psychology, Debra’s impressive resume includes working as a chaplain in pediatric ICU at … Read more

Permission to Heal, Granted: A Veteran’s Story

Alumni Interview by EHN Guest Writer Written by Lorelie Rozzano, an internationally recognized author and advocate. Born in Comox Valley, BC, Alec describes his childhood as “good.” Around age six, Alec recalls losing the vision in his right eye. His parents took Alec to the doctor, who couldn’t find anything wrong. The eye doctor said … Read more

Strategies for a Happy Halloween in Recovery

Halloween is coming up, meaning costumes and candy for some, and triggering situations for those in recovery. Halloween parties present a challenge—the chaos and temptation are rampant and dressed-up partygoers will likely be of no help, offering treats of all sorts, and maybe drugs and alcohol to go along with them. If staying at home … Read more

Four Tips for Thriving in Recovery

Opinion by EHN Staff Written by Lisa Nixon, an employee at Edgewood Treatment Centre. Recovery is about more than abstaining from drugs, alcohol, or other mood-altering substances. Recovery is about rebuilding relationships and discovering the opportunity that lies within yourself. In recovery, we can move towards a fulfilling life of hope and potential.  People recover … Read more