Edgewood Treatment Centre

Extended Care Program at Edgewood

Using evidence-based treatment to provide ongoing support for addiction recovery

Returning home after drug and alcohol treatment is full of challenges. You may be exposed to triggers and lack the support system you had while in a treatment program. You may also need time and resources to secure a safe place to return to in the community. Our post-treatment Extended Care Program is designed to help you practice the skills you’ve learned in inpatient treatment as you gain more independence and confidence before returning home and continuing your addiction recovery. 

While at Edgewood, through volunteer and vocational training opportunities, you’ll be able to solidify relapse prevention skills in real-world settings while living in the safety of our community environment. You’ll develop healthy support systems, improve on the communication and life skills needed to support recovery, and test out the aftercare plan you created during your alcohol or drug rehab.

In order to be eligible for extended care, you must have completed an accredited inpatient program within the last year, be at least 30 days sober from substances or process addiction and be able to spend at least one month in the program.

Program Info

Treatment Program Features

  • Get extra support after you finish inpatient treatment at an EHN Canada facility

  • Location: Nanaimo, BC
  • Category: Inpatient
  • Length: Varies, Minimum 42 days
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Our Approach to Extended Care at Edgewood

Here’s what you can expect while spending time at Edgewood in our Extended Care Program for addiction recovery and mental health treatment:

  • 5+ group sessions, including psychoeducation and process groups, each week.
  • 4+ hours of self help groups each week.
  • 2+ hours of volunteer work each week.
  • Weekly one-on-one counselling sessions.
  • Weekly group recreational activities.
  • Life skills, DBT and CBT skills, and interpersonal skills development and relapse prevention.
  • Home/community visits, when applicable and recommended.
  • As needed, access to one specialty group per week, such as support for sexual addiction, gambling, disordered eating, or healthcare professionals.

A Day at Edgewood Inpatient Centre

Every recovery journey at Edgewood takes a holistic approach that provides the support and guidance needed to heal and grow. While no two experiences are the same, this is how a typical day at our Nanaimo, B.C. treatment centre may look.


Your day begins with a nutritious, chef-prepared breakfast and an inspiring lecture from others in the recovery community. You’ll cap off the morning with self-guided or group therapy, in which you’ll practice skills like DBT and CBT.



After refueling with lunch, you’ll get moving with a walk or gym visit. You’ll spend the rest of the afternoon learning new therapeutic treatments from licensed counsellors and bonding with peers who understand your journey.



You’ll wind down with fellow patients over dinner, then take in the fresh air and stunning scenery of Vancouver Island’s east coast with a walk. Your day will end with specialized support geared towards your own individual journey. This can include AA, NA or SMART meetings.

About Edgewood Treatment Centre

An EHN Canada Network Facility, Edgewood has an over three-decade history of pioneering evidence-based treatments as one of the best treatment centres in B.C. Our location amongst the natural beauty of Vancouver Island’s east coast is an ideal atmosphere, providing the peace, support, and community required to heal and recover.

Related Programs

Our Extended Care program is for patients who have already completed inpatient treatment. If you’re looking to enroll in rehab, EHN Canada has plenty of options for you.