When speaking to Clifford, it becomes apparent very quickly that he has a big heart and an even bigger sense of duty. Clifford is the night shift nursing team lead who had to step up in a big way when Grace, Bellwood’s head of nursing, was nearly locked out of the country after visiting her family on vacation. When Grace was overseas, coronavirus was just background noise. Numbers were beginning to grow in other areas of the world, but in Canada, most of us were blissfully unaware of the impending lockdown.
Let’s face it—we’re all having a more difficult time lately. We’re especially sensitive to the unique difficulties faced by our alumni, patients, and future patients. Isolation can cause all sorts of problems for people with mental health and substance use disorders and for people in recovery. We’ve taken time in previous blogs to provide tips … Read more
Alumni Interview by EHN Staff In this blog post series, EHN alumni share their experience, strength, and hope for the holiday season. What were the winter holidays like for you prior to recovery? Absolutely terrible. I would do anything to pretend I was ‘busy’ at work so I wouldn’t have to participate in family functions. … Read more
Opinion by EHN Guest Writer In celebration of Bellwood’s 35th anniversary. Paul Dilworth is a Toronto-based social worker with a private practice focusing on addiction. Paul attended Donwood, Dr. Bell’s publicly-funded addiction treatment facility, and today refers his clients to Bellwood for treatment. He has been in recovery for 26 years. I have been a … Read more
Staff Interview by EHN Writer In celebration of Bellwood’s 35th anniversary. Wendy Cope never intended to be an addiction counsellor. With her father suffering from alcohol addiction, Wendy had a dysfunctional childhood. Wendy recalls living in constant fear of her father’s reaction to anything she said or did. She remembers tense, silent dinner times and … Read more