Addiction & Mental Health Program

Private inpatient drug and alcohol addiction rehab at Vancouver Island’s EHN Edgewood Nanaimo

When patients come to EHN Edgewood Nanaimo for help with addiction treatment, they benefit from far more than just drug detox. They become part of a community dedicated to the success of their addiction recovery. Our addiction-certified medical team – including doctors, nurses, and counsellors – provide the care and guidance needed to stop using substances. Through evidence-based treatment, they will build the skills and habits needed to maintain addiction recovery.

The therapeutic community at EHN Edgewood Nanaimo provides peer support, empathy and encouragement, while family members learn how to support their loved one and themselves throughout this lifelong journey of recovery.

Program Info

Treatment Program Features

  • Evidence-based treatment administered by addiction and mental health specialists
  • Holistic care including detox, therapy, education, and exercise
  • Includes a year of Aftercare and ongoing Alumni outreach

  • Location: Nanaimo, BC
  • Category: Inpatient

  • Length: 7 weeks
Group of people in group therapy

Edgewood’s approach to drug and alcohol addiction treatment

Our private addiction treatment centre in Nanaimo, B.C. helps patients build the foundation for lasting recovery through a variety of evidence-based treatments and addiction counselling techniques, including:

  • An abstinence-based approach, combined with medication assistance therapy if needed
  • 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
  • Individual approaches that can be used include: EMDR, ART, and Somatic Experiencing
  • Music therapy and art therapy
  • Individual psychotherapy offers an empathetic and safe space to discuss personal recovery concerns and develop mental health treatment goals
  • Group therapy to provide opportunities for peer support and professionally guided emotional processing
  • Psychoeducational sessions to help understand the nature of addiction
  • Structured meditation and professionally guided fitness classes to support holistic health and wellbeing
  • Patients may receive guidance or facilitated support addressing life planning in respect to barriers to recovery.
  • Relapse prevention groups to explore substance use patterns, identify relapse warning signs, and develop a long-term addiction recovery plan

A Day at EHN Edgewood Nanaimo's Inpatient Centre

Every EHN Edgewood Nanaimo journey is a holistic experience that comes with the support and guidance needed to empower addiction recovery and healing. While every stay in Nanaimo is different, this is what a day at our Vancouver Island treatment centre might look like in our Core Addiction and Mental Health Program.



Upon waking up, you’ll have some free time to practice the recovery skills you’ve been working on. After enjoying a healthy, freshly-prepared breakfast, you’ll take a walk on our verdant grounds, then set your intentions for the day. You’ll attend an inspiring lecture from others in the recovery community. Then, you’ll cap off the morning with one-on-one counselling or by participating in a self-assessment group, in which you’ll review your goals and progress with your counsellor and peers.



You’ll shift gears with a hearty lunch. Then, you’ll take a walk, visit our gym, or attend a group recreation class – like circuit training, yoga, or somatic movement. Next, you’ll participate in a skills group, in which you’ll practice DBT, boundary setting, and gratitude. Depending on where you are in your program, you may also work on relapse prevention skills. Afterwards, you’ll have time for peer interaction.



Dinner is a social affair at EHN Edgewood Nanaimo. You’ll digest by taking an evening walk. Then, you’ll attend an AA, NA, or SMART Recovery meeting to receive empathy and support from others in the community.

About Edgewood

Part of the EHN Canada network, Edgewood has been guiding addiction recovery through effective and evidence-based treatments in B.C. for over 30 years. Situated amidst the natural beauty of Vancouver Island’s east coast in Nanaimo, Edgewood provides the peace, support, and community patients need to heal.

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Related Programs

Those struggling with drug or alcohol addiction may also be facing concurrent challenges. We offer recovery programs, both online and in-person, at our Nanaimo treatment centre and other EHN Canada facilities across the country.