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Edgewood Treatment Centre

Concurrent Trauma and Addiction Program

Concurrent Trauma & Addiction Program

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

During your stay in Nanaimo, 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, a separate and supportive environment for our military, veteran, and first responder patients to begin the work of 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
  • Exclusively for military members and first responders struggling with both addiction and trauma
  • Evidence-based treatment led by clinicians specialized in trauma and addiction

  • Edgewood, Nanaimo, BC
  • Inpatient
  • 9 weeks
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Our Approach to Trauma Treatment

Our BC inpatient trauma treatment program helps you build the foundation for lasting recovery through a number of evidence-based approaches, 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

Every Edgewood journey is a holistic experience that comes with the support and guidance needed to heal and grow. While every stay in Nanaimo is different, this is what a day at our treatment centre might look like in our Trauma and Psychological Injury 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.

About Edgewood

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

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.

An Important Update About the Omicron Variant

We are open and accepting patients. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been dedicated to keeping our patients safe as they recover from addiction or mental health disorders.

As the situation continues to evolve, as do our protocols and practices at each EHN Canada facility. And recent news of the highly-infectious Omicron Variant is no different. Please know that we continue to implement the highest standards of infection prevention in accordance with our local health authority.

If you have any questions about your or a loved one’s care and the protocols we have in place for staff, patients, and visitors, please contact us at 416-644-6345 or email at [email protected] 

Thank you and stay safe,
The Healthcare Team at EHN Canada