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Edgewood Treatment Centre

ALLIANCE Program: Support for LGBTQ+

Coming out wasn’t easy, and neither is struggling with mental health or addiction. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, you may face unique challenges at home, at work, and even internally. If you are also facing issues with a mental health disorder or substance use, you want treatment from a team that understands where you’re coming from.

The ALLIANCE Program is a dedicated inpatient program based on the pioneering Project AFFIRM methods created by Dr. Shelley Craig from the University of Toronto. Here, you will be treated by compassionate clinicians who are either members or allies of the LGBTQ+ community, which will aid in your recovery. Your team will include regulated mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists and counsellors, and doctors certified to prescribe addiction medications on-site, as needed.

Program Info
  • Addiction and mental health treatment specifically for the LGBTQ+ community
  • Specialized support from LGBTQ+ peers and allies

  • Edgewood Treatment Centre
  • Inpatient
  • Varies

Our Approach to LGBTQ+ Specific Addiction & Mental Health Treatment

Our ALLIANCE program focuses on providing evidence-based treatments, including:

  • A personalized approach with a small peer group format to discuss and share LGBTQ+ specific challenges.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI) for developing healthy behaviours and helpful thought patterns.
  • Dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) to manage emotions and relationships, implement mindfulness practices, and cope with crises.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness for increasing emotional resilience.
  • Medication assistance therapy, if needed, for providing the best opportunity for healing.
  • 24/7 access to medical support.
  • One-on-one counselling for an understanding and safe space to discuss personal recovery concerns and develop clear goals.
  • 12-step recovery peer support groups including AA, NA, and SMART Recovery.
  • Integrated care, including yoga, meditation, fitness, nutrition, sleep hygiene, and art therapy.
  • Psychoeducational sessions to learn about a variety of mental health topics. 
  • Mental health maintenance planning to identify relapse warning signs and develop strategies to support long-term recovery.
  • Optional family programming to help those closest to you heal and support your journey.
  • Comprehensive discharge, return-to-work, and relapse prevention planning.
  • One year of aftercare for eligible patients to transition out of intensive treatment.
  • Access to online recovery tools via EHN Canada’s Wagon app.

A Typical Day in the ALLIANCE Program

This is what you can expect when you come to Edgewood to participate in our ALLIANCE curriculum:

Sun rising over water
After starting your day with a healthy, chef-prepared breakfast, you’ll attend an inspiring lecture from others in the recovery community. Your morning will wrap up with a therapy session, in which you’ll learn various strategies for recovery, like CBT and DBT.
Fork, plate and knife
You’ll heal from the inside out with an invigorating, instructor-led workout and nutritionist-planned lunch. Then you’ll spend your afternoon bonding with peers who understand what you’re going through and learning new skills.
Moon with cloud
You’ll wrap up the day by attending a group support meeting led by a licenced counsellor. There’s no better way to end the day than by unwinding over dinner with peers and taking in the beauty of Edgewood’s verdant campus with an evening walk.
Park benches on grass at Edgewood Campus

About Edgewood

Part of EHN Canada, Edgewood is BC’s premiere alcohol addiction treatment centre and has been guiding recoveries through evidence-based treatments for nearly 30 years. Situated amidst the natural beauty of Vancouver Island’s east coast in Nanaimo, Edgewood provides the peace, challenge, and community you need to heal.

Related Programs

If you struggle with mental health concerns beyond addiction EHN Canada can help you with those too. We offer a variety of related treatment programs – both in-person and online – to guide you towards recovery.