Occupational Therapy in Recovery: More Than Just Return-to-Work

Written by Kathryn Decker, an occupational therapist who works at Bellwood Health Services. When someone first hears the term occupational therapy, people tend to think about assisting patients in their return-to-work process after an illness or injury. While occupational therapists (OTs) sometimes help patients return to their jobs, this is only one small component of … Read more

Drug Decriminalization: The Success of the Portugal Model

Feature by EHN Guest Writer Written by Adam Fisher, a former Director at Renascent and EHN Canada, writer, researcher, and photographer. He has been in recovery since June, 2004. Throughout the 1990’s Portugal was in the depths of a national epidemic, averaging 360 drug overdose deaths per year, in a country of only 10 million … Read more

The Benefits of Yoga for Addiction and Trauma Recovery

Opinion by EHN Staff Written by Lisa Nixon, an employee at Edgewood Treatment Centre. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, … Read more

12 Step: All You Need to Participate Is the Desire to Stop Using

12 Step: All You Need to Participate is the Desire to Stop Using Drugs EHN Canada

Opinion by EHN Staff Written by Chris Morris, Clinical Lead of the Outpatient Program at Bellwood Health Services. If you have the desire, you’re in!—that is 12 Step in a nutshell. You don’t have to say or do anything else, and nobody can make you. As soon as you decide you want to belong, no … Read more

Family Matters at Edgewood

Family Matters Edgewood Treatment Centre Nanaimo BC

We don’t have to do it all alone. We were never meant to. —Brené Brown Meet Erin Albanese, Family Programs Supervisor at Edgewood Erin was born and raised in Toronto, ON, by Italian and Irish immigrant parents.  She studied, worked, and trained in different parts of Ontario including Guelph and Ottawa before moving to Nanaimo, … Read more