The opinions expressed in this article are those of Dr. Charles Mackay and for general information purposes only. Despite its prevalence in Canada, there’s still plenty of misunderstanding surrounding addiction and substance use disorder. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, “one in seven Canadians aged 15 or older (about 3.5 million people) … Read more
When it comes to recovery from mental health disorders and addiction, you don’t have to do it alone. New formats and new research are supporting what we’ve long known: group therapy works. Here’s why. Ask people what treatment for addiction and mental health looks like, and they will most likely describe a circle of group … Read more
This article was originally published January 21, 2019. Updated December 30, 2020. Edgewood Treatment Centre has for decades been affectionately referred to as “The House of Miracles” by its alumni and staff. Regardless of whether or not you’re in recovery, and regardless of whether you’re a patient, clinician, or housekeeping staff, the human experience at Edgewood … Read more
The holiday season is often extremely stressful both for people with drug or alcohol addiction and also for their families. Individuals with addictions experience fear and shame as they feel they’re constantly deceiving or disappointing their family members. Their family members experience the pain of witnessing their loved one suffer—or worse, they may be directly harmed by the actions of their loved one who has a drug or alcohol addiction. Consequently, both individuals with addiction, as well as their families, should consider whether the winter holiday season may actually be the best time of the year to go for inpatient drug or alcohol rehab. When you think about it—starting addiction recovery during the holidays makes a lot of sense.
This CTV News story is about the rising need for residential addiction treatment services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the residential programs currently available at Bellwood Health Services in Toronto. They interview Cara Vaccarino, Chief Operating Officer of Edgewood Health Network, and Matt Kieselstein, a former residential patient at Bellwood Health Services.