Edgewood Treatment Centre

Concurrent Trauma and Addiction Program

Learn how Edgewood joins PTSD treatment with addiction therapy in one treatment program

When you turn to Edgewood for treatment, you join an exceptional community dedicated to your trauma and addiction recovery.

During your stay along the east coast of Vancouver Island, you’ll receive support from medical experts and fellow first responders, military members, and veterans who understand the suffering that trauma coupled with addiction bring. Our clinical team – including doctors, nurses, and counsellors – provides the guidance and care you need to address past traumas and abstain from substances to build healthy habits that last.

This program is housed in Edgewood’s Ferguson building in Nanaimo, a separate and supportive environment for our military, veteran, and first responder patients to begin the work of PTSD treatment and addiction recovery with like-minded individuals. You’ll recover with a small cohort of peers to foster a safe, trusting space in which you can truly open up and heal.

If you suffer from trauma but not addiction, our Trauma and Psychological Injury Program at Edgewood may be a better fit for you.

Program Info

Treatment Program Info

  • Exclusively for military members and first responders struggling with both addiction and trauma
  • Evidence-based treatment led by clinicians specialized in trauma and addiction

  • Location: Nanaimo, BC
  • Category: Inpatient
  • Length: 9 weeks

Edgewood’s approach to PTSD and addiction treatment

Our BC inpatient trauma and addiction treatment program helps you build the foundation for lasting recovery through a number of evidence-based treatments, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to assist in developing helpful thought patterns and healthy behaviours in recovery.
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) for developing the skills needed to manage emotions and relationships, practice mindfulness, and survive crises.
  • Art therapy to facilitate self-exploration and understand thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to express.
  • Individual psychotherapy for an empathetic and safe space to discuss personal recovery concerns and develop treatment goals.
  • Group therapy to provide opportunities for peer support and professionally guided emotional processing.
  • Psychoeducational sessions to help you understand yourself and the nature of trauma.
  • Mindfulness and physical exercise for creating healthy, lasting habits.
  • Medication assistance therapy, if indicated, for stabilizing the system and creating space to confront underlying issues.

A Day at Edgewood Inpatient Centre

For every patient, recovery at Edgewood is a holistic experience providing the far-reaching support and guidance needed to heal and grow. No two Nanaimo stays are the same, but this is a glimpse at a regular day in our Concurrent Trauma and Addiction Program for Military, Veterans, and First Responders.


Before attending an educational lecture about distress tolerance in our Ferguson Building, you’ll start your day with a healthy, chef-prepared breakfast. There will also be time for you to set your intentions with some self-reflection and a walk on our lush grounds.



You’ll kick off the afternoon with a delicious lunch. Then you’ll attend a lecture about how the mind-body connection affects trauma recovery, or a one-on-one counselling session to talk through the workplace experiences that led to your PTSD.



In the evening you’ll participate in specialized, trauma-centred peer support groups focused on symptoms management, emotional processing, or returning to work. You’ll get moving before dinner with a visit to the gym or by participating in a group fitness class, like circuit training, yoga, or somatic movement.

Edgewood, the best Military and Veterans treatment centre on Vancouver Island

Edgewood Treatment Centre belongs to the EHN Canada Network and is B.C.’s foremost inpatient trauma treatment centre, leading in evidence-based treatments and recoveries for over 30 years. Found on the east coast of Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, the endless beauty of Edgewood’s backdrop provides the peace, challenge and community needed for true recovery.

Related Programs

Many people who struggle with trauma also face concurrent mental health challenges. EHN Canada offers a number of recovery programs – both online and in-person in Nanaimo and our other facilities across the country.