Bellwood Health Services

Where Toronto Goes for Compassionate Recovery

Evidence-based treatment for addiction and mental health disorders in the heart of the city

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Location: Toronto Ontario

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Effective Treatment Programs for your Recovery  

At Bellwood Health Services, we have created and administered treatment programs for addiction and related mental health disorders for over 40 years. Our evidence-based treatment model is rooted in the the work of our co-founder, Dr. Gordon Bell, a pioneer in addiction rehab and treatment in Ontario. Bellwood, as an addiction treatment rehab centre, is defined by our long-standing experience, combined with our commitment to excellent patient care.

Addiction impacts every area of a person’s life. We believe that addiction rehab treatment programs should therefore be holistic and should address our patients’ psychological wellbeing, physical health, social world, and spiritual life. This comprehensive biopsychosocial approach is reflected in our inter-professional team of counsellors, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, nutritionists, family therapists, and physical recreational professionals. We strive to be strengths-based in our approach, believing that patients possess strengths and skills that can be built upon to serve their recoveries.

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A Private Rehab Facility in Toronto Designed for Long-lasting Recovery

Bellwood’s patients benefit from our serene and secluded setting. Located alongside Toronto’s lush Sunnybrook Park, our location gives patients a chance to heal, take a break from their lives, gain perspective, and begin to practice the skills essential for recovery.

Our primary goal: to restore hope in our patients’ lives. Our committed and compassionate staff take incredible pride in our treatment programs, helping our patients set the foundations for healthier, happier, and more meaningful lives.

Bellwood also offers the following amenities:

  • On-site medical professionals, with 24/7 access to nurses
  • Evidence-based treatment including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Detox and withdrawal management
  • Holistic care that includes yoga, supervised hikes, group acupuncture, and other fitness activities, as well as mindfulness and art therapy
  • Access to peer support groups, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Dharma and SMART Recovery, during and after treatment
  • Optional family information sessions that help your loved ones learn how to support you and heal themselves
  • Exclusive to Bellwood, a wellness clinic with chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture services, available at an additional cost
  • One year of Aftercare (in person or online) included for all eligible patients who complete our inpatient rehab programs to allow for successful long-term recovery
  • Lifelong access to our alumni network, Thrive Recovery Community
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Bellwood as an Inpatient Facility

For drug and alcohol addiction rehab, mental health treatment, or a combination of the two, comprehensive care is often most beneficial. Our inpatient treatment programs offer an immersive environment, 24/7 care, and ongoing medical support.

As an EHN Canada network facility, Bellwood is held to the highest standards and is often recognized as one of the most effective inpatient addiction rehab centres in Toronto. Located next to the tranquil Sunnybrook Park, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, our inpatient facility is an ideal environment for healing

Here, we offer integrated treatment programs that treat drug or alcohol addiction together with concurrent mental health disorders — including PTSD, depression and anxiety. And  for those who are struggling but not experiencing addiction, we offer mental health based programs on their own. Our licensed and accredited staff of multidisciplinary professionals deliver both group-based treatment and individual therapy that solidifies skills and explores individualized needs.

We are constantly and actively measuring patient outcomes to further improve our evidence-based treatment and achieve the best possible results for patients.

If a more flexible treatment program better suits your family, life or work situation, our Intensive Outpatient Program may be a better fit for you. Take this short quiz to find out.

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Effective, Evidence-based Treatment in Ontario

Bellwood (and all EHN Canada Network facilities) use evidence-based treatment therapies that help people achieve successful, long-term recovery. 

Our mental health treatments include the following:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
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Our Passionate, Multidisciplinary Team at Bellwood Health Services

Our staff are all fully accredited with Accreditation Canada, in addition to our own necessary qualifications. Bellwood’s on-site staff includes medical doctors who specialize in addiction medicine, alongside nurses, psychiatrists, counsellors and therapists.

Addiction rehab and mental health treatment at Bellwood goes beyond strictly medical needs. To strengthen our patients’ general wellbeing, the team at Bellwood includes occupational therapists, registered dietitians, physical recreation professionals, qigong and yoga teachers and more.

Honouring the Legacy of Toronto’s First Addiction Rehab Centre

Bellwood has been a leader in providing patients with the most medically accurate, evidence-based treatments for nearly 40 years. The legacy we’re building is informed by our rich history of innovation. 

Our name honours Ontario addiction rehab pioneer Dr. R. Gordon Bell, who treated people struggling with alcoholism and drug dependency from his home at a time when addiction was rarely discussed publicly, or even within the medical field. Our centre stands on the site of the Donwood Institute, a first-of-its-kind facility dedicated to addiction rehab founded by Dr. Bell. 

Today, Bellwood is a licensed hospital and private rehab that continues to stay on the cutting edge and is among the most reputable treatment centres in Ontario.

In partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, we’re proud to offer the first inpatient treatment program for OCD in the country. Some of our other first-of-its-kind treatment programs include an exclusive, civilian-focused treatment program for trauma recovery, and the first and only eating disorders treatment program in Canada that addresses eating disorders, addiction, and mental health disorders at the same time.

Bellwood Reviews

Dane ColliganDane Colligan ★★★★★ By far the best, most comfortable facility I've ever been to! I got so much out of the program that has stuck with me ever since. Such knowledgeable staff who really care. They have an amazing aftercare program which I highly suggest as well. I continue to attend Alumni events and meet so many great people whom I build amazing, long lasting relationships with. I highly recommend Bellwood to anyone in need!David CDavid C ★★★★★ I attended B.W. in May 2017 and honestly can say it changed my life for the better. The tools the counsellors teach and equip struggling addicts better prepared me for the day-to-day temptations faced outside the rehab facility. The ultimate test is what happens after the 42 days at B.W. and yes the reality is there will be set backs but based on my experience those set backs are fewer and farther between one another with a shorter freefall due to the B.W. teachings. For this I'm grateful and would say $ well spent.I also found the community very supportive of one another and the network I built is long lasting guiding me along the way to an addiction-free life. Clients take their recovery seriously given the $ of admission. You don't pay that kind of money to screw around, 95% of the clients have the same goal in mind; to get better. Clients that don't take the program seriously are typically younger, not there on their own admission, are easy to spot and usually kicked out or leave early. My advice, stay clear of these people.There's also 3rd party meetings held at B.W. that can be very influential in recovery giving the client options after treatment to continue working on themselves by attending mtg's in person or remote. For example: I met my sponser at the Gamblers in Recovery Meeting. B.W. graciously opened their meeting rooms to G.R. mtg's Sunday morning and Wednesday nights allowing me to connect with people going through similar struggles. This mtg is also open to cross additions, not just Gamblers. We read from the Big Book and share our experiences/stories to serve ourselves and others listening. I invite anyone to attend Wednesday nights at 7pm @ B.W.Thanks, - DaveJaime HannahJaime Hannah ★★★★★ Without Bellwood I wouldn’t be able to make this post. I went there to find a welcoming atmosphere, and felt that my journey towards a sober living was important to everyone there. They educated me on many things I needed for my sober life after living in the Bellwood Bubble. They prepared me for my aftercare and let me stay in touch with my family while I was there. I never felt isolated or trapped there, after years of living isolated and trapped in the addicts way of life. They helped me find myself again and gave me hope that I can live sober for the many years ahead. Thank you Bellwood!Geoff ThomasGeoff Thomas ★★★★★ From check-in (Izzy), to check-out (Jocelyn), recovery at Bellwood is a supportive experience.You will make very close friends — quickly.Believe it or not, you will have fun.The session leaders invest in you — they really do.But the teachers push you, so be honest — with them and with yourself.Sarah RitchieSarah Ritchie ★★★★★ I was sceptical of Bellwood before coming in, reading the reviews like I’m writing now about how positive of an experience they had and how much it changed their life seemed so far out of reach. I came through the doors broken and hopeless. Having no faith in myself or the program (MAP) being able to “fix” me. However, what I did not realize was that I didn’t need to be fixed, I needed to be helped and supported in ways I have never been before. The facilitators, SC’s, PC’s, nursing and all the staff are amazing, caring individuals that work to make the community what it is and make you feel like you matter and have value you didn’t realize. The community itself is what makes the program so special, everyone is so welcoming and kind and I could not imagine not having all the new friends I have made through being at Bellwood. If you’re skeptical like I was, please reach out and get information, it could be the call that starts you on a beautiful path to recovery and life long wellbeing.Maddie BlenkinsopMaddie Blenkinsop ★★★★★ This is an amazing treatment centre with high quality food, rooms, amenities, and such wonderful and helpful staff. This place helped me recovery from a 9 year long addiction by teaching me the skills and strategies to deal and cope with life. If I had to recommend a treatment centre this would be my first and only recommendation.I think I'm going to thrive in life now and thrive while being soberRyan GaleRyan Gale ★★★★☆ Bellwood is a place I’ll forever be grateful for, found my happy again and sense of purpose in lifeIt’s facility is pretty Gucci, top notch staff and accommodationsThe food was plentiful and a lot of variety with each meal. Staff members are kind sincere and always share there smiles to lift our spirits as well as feed us ;)The staff are all top notch, Tara your rockstar, passionate about providing a safe/open setting for clients. There sense of pride in what they do is prevalent land they really do want to see us all succeedThe nurses have gone above and beyond for providing care which is unmatched in any other healthcare facility I’ve visitedFacility provides many on site after hr groups of all varieties, a weight room, small gym for sports, fitness staff (trainers, yoga, facilitated walks), arts/crafts room and rooms to watch sports/movies or board gamesThe community is what makes this journey to recovery …. Words can’t describe the team work, support, love and bonds u build throughout this process and how much it truly helpsLots of after care programs on your way out and you leave well equipped to tackle your recovery. Join the alumni, stay connected, and experience life through a sober lease and surrounded by people who went through same journeyAlanna you rock as wellOnly issue I had at Bellwood , depends on the time of year of course, the change over from heat to AC. My room was a sauna for a few days during early spring and couple days of high temperatures. Uncomfortable to say the least and only solution was a fan. Hope that will be rectified for future clients, so they do ensure such torture hahahThanks again for helpMaybe don’t hug your pc on grad it could turn out awkward hahahaKaylaKrucifixKaylaKrucifix ★★★★☆ Beautiful area to get well, surrounded by nature and walking trails in an upscale neighborhood and area. The fitness classes and instructors for physical and mental wellness were kind and went out of there way to help you know that YOU matter and weren’t just another dollar to make. The food was amaZing and so were the self help groups I attended. There were events that made you feel part of the community and the atmosphere and talent show nights made my stay FUN and therapeutic.I enjoyed going to church during Easter time, the access to art supplies and having the freedom to run my own smudging ceremonies in the faith and spiritual room.Russell EverittRussell Everitt ★★★★★ I am a liaison from Cocaine Anonymous for Bellwoods. Which means I put 12 step meetings on there. I have had the opportunity to see clients when they first come in and then when they leave. And the growth and development that they receive when they're in Bellwood is nothing short of a miracle. The care, comfort, and non-judgmental as well as unconditional love and a knowledge that the clients receive from the counselors and the staff at Bellwoods helps them grow and become the people they were always meant to be. I have had the opportunity to have some of the clients connect with me after they leave the center inquiring as to how they can continue what they started at Bellwoods by going to 12-step meetings or extra outside counseling and therapy. It is my opinion that none of this could have accomplished without the Magnificent team at the Bellwood Treatment Center. 🙏🏻❤🐸Shauna SigginsShauna Siggins ★★★★★ js_loader

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Bellwood's Treatment Programs & Services

We’re constantly updating our program offerings to provide our patients with the most up-to-date, medically accurate treatments.

Programs available at Bellwood

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How it Works

Pre-Screening Assessment

Find out if our program is right for you.

Care Plan

Meet with our addiction recovery team to build your treatment plan.

Detox & Stabilization

If struggling with substance use, you’ll prepare for rehab with 24/7 nursing support and supervision.


Heal at Bellwood using a tried and tested, therapy-intensive program.

Family Participation

We invite your family to learn how to support you in your recovery.

Relapse Prevention Plan

Work with our therapists to develop a plan that will work for you.


Leave Bellwood with a schedule of maintenance sessions and access to alumni support.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does treatment cost?

    At Bellwood, we have different types of treatment programs with different lengths, so there is no set price for treatment but will vary depending on each situation. Bellwood also exclusively offers OHIP-funded beds. Learn more about pricing by contacting our admissions team at 1-800-387-6198.

  • Am I allowed to bring my cell phone to treatment?

    No cell phones are allowed while in treatment. All devices should be left in a safe space or with a loved one.

  • Is chewing tobacco allowed during treatment?

    Chewing tobacco is not allowed during treatment at Bellwood.

  • Is Bellwood a co-ed facility?

    Yes, Bellwood Health Services is a co-ed facility.

  • Do you need a referral from a doctor or therapist to come to Bellwood?

    No, you do not need a referral from a doctor or therapist to come to Bellwood.

  • Do you offer group therapy?

    All of Bellwood’s treatment programs offer group therapy sessions. There is evidence supporting the importance and effectiveness of group therapy such as fostering belongingness and creating hope. Read why group therapy is effective here.

  • Are the rooms single or double?

    Bellwood offers both single and double rooms. Please contact Bellwood admissions at 1-800-387-6198 who will provide you with more information about accommodation.

  • Do you treat concurrent disorders? (Mental health and addiction treatment)

    Yes, all Bellwood programs treat concurrent addiction and mental health disorders, except for our Mood and Anxiety program. Learn more about the concurrent disorders program here.

  • Do you offer detox?

    Yes, Bellwood offers medically-supervised detox.

  • What kinds of treatment do you offer?

    Bellwood offers a wide array of treatments for those dealing with addiction and mental health disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, OCD, PTSD, and behavioural addictions like eating disorders. Learn more about Bellwood’s treatment programming here.

  • Can I use my company's health insurance to pay for treatment?

    This is dependent on insurance plan to insurance plan. Some company health insurance may pay for treatment, but to be certain contact your insurance provider and inquire if they cover non-publicly funded treatment. If yes, then they can cover treatment. Some health insurance may only cover part of treatment, meaning the ministry of health will cover the remaining portion which in some cases can delay when you receive treatment. Please call our admissions team at 1-800-387-6198 to learn more about your options.

  • Can I use insurance to pay for treatment?

    Bellwood’s treatment programs can vary in coverage depending on your insurance plan. Contact the Bellwood team so they can help understand your coverage. You can contact them at 1-800-387-6198.

  • How long are the stays?

    There is no set date for how long a stay would be. This is all dependent on each individual’s situation. Stays can vary from a 4-day detox to 64-day treatment or longer. Learn more about your situation and the appropriate treatment plan by contacting 1-800-387-6198.

  • Is there a waitlist to get inpatient treatment?

    Occupancy rates for inpatient programs vary. Please contact Bellwood admissions at 1-800-387-6198 for information about program availability and to explore your options.

  • Does OHIP cover inpatient treatment?

    Bellwood does offer some OHIP-funded beds available for Ontario residents. Contact Bellwood admissions at 1-800-387-6198 to learn more about your options.

  • Do you offer individual therapy?

    Yes, all programming at Bellwood offers individual therapy.

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Bellwood saved my life! I suffer from PTSD and alcohol addiction. I was there for a total of nine weeks and it was the best experience of my life. The counsellors and nurses are amazing and the programs are excellent! The people that I met are people I will remember for the rest of my life as we all have a familiar bond and it will stay that way. I forgot what it was like to live my life again but Bellwood brought that back to me. I also have to mention the amazing kitchen staff because the food is state of the art. You'll never go to another place to meet so many loving and caring people in your life! Thank you Bellwood for caring and teaching me that my life was worth living again!

Donna H

“My Bellwood experience was very positive. The expertise of the staff was exceptional. My Primary counselor, group counselors, support counselors and facilitators were very knowledgeable, and understanding. Emotional, mental and physical education was extensive with the goal to improve understanding and knowledge in all aspects of our lives. The medical staff was comprised of doctors and nurses specializing in addiction. I couldn't ask for any better. Their aftercare program consists of weekly group therapy and an alumni program for all those that complete their programs. I am just starting the aftercare and will look forward to the fellowship."

Dave L.

"Exceptional staff and counsellors. I couldn't have asked for better staff. So caring and friendly, from the doctors, the counsellors, the front line addiction workers, everyone! I always knew I could talk to anyone. Programs were great, outings were awesome, gym was great."

Kelsey G.

"We truly do not know what we would have done without all the amazing counsellors, admissions team, Doctors, RNs, and Chefs at Bellwood. You are people who have a passion to make a difference. You go above and beyond. You helped save our loved one’s life!

We are so proud of our family member for the journey they have overcome and continue to overcome. Words cannot do justice to tell you how much we appreciate what you have done for our family. The staff at Bellwood will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Thank you Bellwood and such an amazing staff - our family member would not be where they are today without your team. Thank you again for making a difference."

Cheryl T.