Edgewood Treatment Centre

Private Addiction Treatment in Vancouver Island’s Nanaimo.

Community-focussed, evidence-based treatment for addiction recovery

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Treatment Programs for Recovery in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island

At Edgewood Treatment Centre, we believe the best chance for long-term addiction recovery for our patients is a treatment program that addresses all aspects of their health: body, mind, spirit, and social system.

We do this through the integration of evidence-based mental health treatments, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). We also incorporate wellness approaches, including fitness, yoga, and mindfulness, all designed to augment the many recovery methods we use, including SMART, Dharma, and 12-step-based recovery programs. 

This combination means you or your loved one will get the most innovative therapies all in a setting that is warm, comfortable, and safe – providing the opportunity to maintain lifelong addiction recovery.

From medically supervised alcohol and drug detox, including heroin, fentanyl and other opioids, to our facilitated Aftercare Program that includes technological methods such as telehealth, Edgewood Treatment Centre delivers ongoing support from an expert team of qualified, caring, and committed staff including full-time physicians, psychiatrists and a 24/7 nursing team. Everyone who comes into treatment receives a full physical assessment to ensure their treatment and programming is aligned with their needs.

The treatment programs at Edgewood are part of a coordinated system of care that includes the family, the patient, and their referral source. Edgewood is committed to providing transparent communication via weekly emails and phone calls with those closest to the individual in care. This input and level of communication is an invaluable component to continued success in trauma and addiction treatment.

Our goal for our patients is permanent abstinence from mood-altering behaviours or chemicals, and an improved lifestyle. Respect for the dignity of the individual and their family is the cornerstone of our treatment program.

Edgewood is fully accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

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A Private Rehab Along the Serene Coast of B.C.

Situated amongst the natural beauty of Vancouver Island’s east coast, Edgewood is a private alcohol and addiction treatment centre in Nanaimo. Part of the recovery process is having the space patients need to focus. And Edgewood provides the tranquility needed to get better and establishes the foundation for lasting addiction recovery.

The community at Edgewood creates a supportive environment for recovery through a comfortable setting where patients, families, and staff alike contribute to the healing process as they share activities, build relationships and interact with one another throughout the day.

Edgewood provides a safe healing environment for all of our patients, including 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and the Indigenous community. We are recognized as a Safe Harbour by the Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society (CVIMS).

Treatment program for first responders at Edgewood Treatment Center, British Columbia

Treatment Exclusive to Military Members, Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Edgewood’s Ferguson Building is a dedicated space for our military, veteran, first responder, and frontline healthcare worker communities. Trauma, addiction, and mental illness affect these groups differently than they do civilians, and Edgewood is proud to offer treatment programs tailored to their unique needs. Our evidence-based treatment addresses their distinctive struggles, including moral injury and occupational stress injury (OSI), as well as any associated substance use disorders.

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Ongoing Alumni Outreach and Support

Upon completion of treatment, one of the most important things our alumni can do to be successful in long-term recovery is to stay connected with one another and become an active member of our Thrive Recovery Community.

At EHN Canada, we have developed a rich alumni outreach program as part of our continuum of care designed to develop a long-term relationship with individuals who put their trust in us and one another. All individuals who complete one of our programs will receive ongoing alumni outreach calls at regular intervals, consistent email communications, invitations to special events and recovery related celebrations including Cake Night.

To learn more about the Alumni programming at Edgewood, please email our team at [email protected].

Indigenous Programming at Edgewood

At Edgewood, we understand that struggles with mental health and addiction impact different communities in vastly different ways. It is part of our mission to provide a safe and understanding environment for all of our patients to heal within all programs, and offer a program dedicated specifically to Indigenous and Two-Spirited communities.

Edgewood Treatment Centre Reviews

WILLIAM MICHAEL MAHONEYWILLIAM MICHAEL MAHONEY ★★★★★ I went into the CTAP program at Edgewood in the spring of 2023 at the lowest point of my life. I am a survivor of extensive childhood trauma followed by a 20 year career in paramedicine and didn't possess the correct tools to deal with any of my stress or trauma past or present. The program not only saved my life but helped me transform it completely. I would give the CTAP program 10 stars if possible.Dennis JosephDennis Joseph ★★★★★ Thursday March 31, 2022 I called Edgewood to seek help with my addiction, I was greeted with compassion over the phone and they said they can have a bed ready for me on Monday April 4th. I did not know what to expect, in my mind I thought it was going to be like jail and was really hesitant to go, but I had the determination to get clean and sober, and completely surrendered to my disease of addiction so I thought I need to give this place a chance. Little did I know at the time, this would be the best decision I ever made. I learnt a lot about myself, this disease, group therapy and through my peers that were fighting the same battle as I was. I also re-connected with my traditional practices as my councilor was First Nations. I spent 50 days in this facility, 50 days discovering who I was, who I can be and how to heal from the past. After my 50 days were up, I was a bit scared to leave actually, but with the tools I learnt, support from my peers, and the support of Edgewood Aftercare, I felt I have a fighting chance at sobriety. It's been almost 16 months later and I'm still going strong in my Recovery. I definitely recommend Edgewood Treatment Facility to anyone struggling right now in their addictions. Mahsi-Cho Edgewood.Melissa CarterMelissa Carter ★★★★★ I came out of Edgewood a completely different person with confidence and a much different outlook on my life. It was amazing experienceDaniel CayerDaniel Cayer ★★★★★ Edgewood is a world class addictions treatment facility to facilitate a lasting journey in recovery. The staff are amazingly caring and incredibly experienced, and worked tirelessly to help set me up for long-term success. Their extended, aftercare and alumni programs are what kept me succeeding well after the treatment process. I've made lifelong friends from my affiliation with Edgewood. I'm certain that I wouldn't be as happy and healthy today if Edgewood wasn't a pivotal part of my recovery journey. Thanks Edgewood!Dale LoewenDale Loewen ★★★★★ Edgewood Treatment Center is the only place I've ever felt safe in my life. From the maintenance staff to management, the level of care is outstanding. I was very blessed to have such an amazing counselor and connected with other counselors who weren't even assigned to my care. I would highly recommend Edgewood for anyone struggling with mental health issues. I write a gratitude list every morning, and the first thing I write is Edgewood. Edgewood is my most favorite place in the entire world, and I hope to join the support staff in the future.Paul FergusonPaul Ferguson ★★★★★ I attended Sandstone and it was a life changing experience! The staff and support there was second to none! Like all recovery groups, the amount of success will depend on how much effort you put into it but they will set you up for success!!!Molly BurtonMolly Burton ★★★★★ Edgewood saved my life. I was broken, filled with rage and hopelessness, and they taught me how to heal. Edgewood gave me a safe place to start working through my pain. More than just the inpatient treatment; I’m almost four years sober now, and Edgewood is still a huge part of my recovery. The community, connection, purpose, service, laughter and fun I have as a part of the alumni community is unparalleled. I am so grateful to have experienced such a profound degree of care while I was a patient there, and even more grateful for the ongoing support, friendship, eduction, and inspiration I get through my continued connection to this thriving community of incredible people. Edgewood not only gave me my life back, but it gave me myself back too.Dean RideoutDean Rideout ★★★★★ Was a tough place. Addiction requires a tough stance to have a chance of survival. Surrender is the key, you have to be willing to listen and take the advice from the counselling team.Ulrich SpathUlrich Spath ★★★★★ awesome reunion.... I have fond memories of Edgewood....and it is great to see Edgewood is reaching out + I am excited to see the new developments ( especially Red Deer ) ..... since it's closer to my home, I will be attending more of these events 😁well done Alex, Tony, John etc. 'keep on keeping'Uli S. 🙏Sarah CallanSarah Callan ★★★★★ Thank you to Edgewood for showing that you care about all of us even all the way up here in Fort Mcmurray! It was an amazing emotional night for me, to see the caring faces from treatment and to celebrate so many milestones for so many of us. The event was joyous and personal for all that were involved. Thank you so much!!Darren PDarren P ★★★★★ Fantastic Edmonton cake night, great to see Alex again!!Chris HoffmanChris Hoffman ★★★★★ Profound and life changing: I attended the 10-week CTAP program for Veterans and First Responders. Edgewood provides separate housing for uniformed members, which I found was of enormous utility. Moreover the treatment modality is tailored to the individual member/ serviceman's needs. I did not witness anyone enter this course who failed to improve greatly during their stay. I highly endorse this course for Veterans.Tyler BramTyler Bram ★★★★★ Edgewood saved my life, my counsellor Glen was exactly what I needed when I was at my own rock bottom. Thank you EdgewoodNathan DellNathan Dell ★★★★★ gavin dickiegavin dickie ★★★★★ Edgewood is a great place to get real with yourself and start your recovery. Counsellors and support staff were amazing, kind and compassionate. I'm grateful for the experience.Travis RTravis R ★★★★★ 2011 what a year...I chose to come here and haven't had any regrets since.Still here and thriving with the knowledge gained here. ❤️Krista ChursinoffKrista Chursinoff ★★★★★ Edgewood was the best decision I have ever made - It saved my life. I have the tools and support to live my life in recovery confidently now.Saj GoldSaj Gold ★★★★★ Ken FulcherKen Fulcher ★★★★★ My experience here was phenomenal. The support staff, the kitchen staff, the counselors, the maintenance workers and the nursing staff were all great. There's always a little bit of a adjustment. In oneself when coming to a place like this. We're not always used to certain rules and hearing no, and I think that's possibly part of the reason why we need places like this. Lol. I highly recommend EdgewoodRusty420Rusty420 ★★★★☆ frost fivefrost five ★★★★☆ Saved my life. Not perfect but pretty closeMike DoyonMike Doyon ★★★★☆ This was a life saving blessing. I miss it already, the counsellors, the clients, the facility, all top notch!js_loader

See What Sets Edgewood Apart

Edgewood Treatment Centre's Treatment Programs & Services

With over 30 years of experience with mental health and addiction treatment services, Edgewood Treatment Centre provides effective treatment for drug and alcohol addiction, trauma and psychological injuries. Standing strong on B.C.’s beautiful Vancouver Island, Edgewood is the perfect location to help our patients get their lives back.

We have mental health and addiction treatment programs backed by science, honed from years of research and experience, and supported by a thriving community. We’re constantly innovating our treatment programs to ensure we’re offering our patients the best care possible. That’s what makes Edgewood a trusted evidence-based rehab centre in B.C.

Programs available at Edgewood Treatment Centre

Amenities Offered with Our Inpatient Programs

What’s Offered in Edgewood Inpatient Programs

  • On-site medical professionals, including nurses available 24/7
  • Evidence-based approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
  • Access to staff psychiatrists
  • Individual counselling and small group therapy
  • Integrated care that includes art therapy, yoga, meditation, music therapy, and fitness
  • Access to peer support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, and Dharma/Refuge recovery groups during and after treatment
  • One year of Aftercare programming
  • Ongoing Alumni Outreach Program

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How it Works

Pre-Screening Assessment

Find out if our treatment program is the right option for you.

Care Plan

Meet with our team to create a unique treatment plan.

Detox & Stabilization

Prepare for rehab in a safe, doctor-supervised environment.


Spend seven weeks healing at Edgewood, with the option to extend your stay.

Family Participation

We encourage families to learn about addiction and how to support themselves and their loved ones in recovery.

Aftercare and Ongoing Alumni Outreach

Leave Edgewood with a relapse-prevention plan and receive ongoing alumni outreach and regular communications.

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Stories from Edgewood

I thought being in rehab was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Turns out it was the best thing that ever happened in my life. I am eternally grateful for the staff at Edgewood

Edgewood Alum

Without this program I wouldn't be sober today.  It's the people that I met here and the friendships that I continue to build that helps me stay sober.

Edgewood Alum

Very grateful for the staff at Edgewood and the staff for helping me piece my life back together.  

Edgewood Alum

There is a happiness out there.  I've had a little taste of it and I want more.  Thank you Edgewood, for not giving up on me.

Edgewood Alum