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Edgewood Treatment Centre

Sex & Love Addiction Treatment in BC

Sex is designed to be irresistible. But when desire becomes something you can’t control, it can take over your life.

During your stay at Edgewood, you’ll receive support from qualified specialists – including doctors, nurses, certified sex addiction therapists – and fellow participants who understand what you’re going through.

And if, like many of our current and past participants, you also struggle with substance use, we’ll equip you with the tools you need to overcome this concurrent concern.

Program Info
Highlights
  • Curriculum developed by sex addition expert Dr. Patrick Carnes
  • Supportive, peer-driven community

  • Edgewood, Nanaimo, BC
  • Inpatient
  • 6 weeks

Our Approach to Sex & Love Addiction Treatment

Our sex addiction treatment centre in BC helps you build the foundation for lasting recovery through a variety of evidence-based treatments, including:

    • A curriculum developed by leading sex addiction expert, psychologist Dr. Patrick Carnes.
    • 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.
    • Group therapy to provide opportunities for peer support and professionally guided emotional processing.
    • Exercises for uncovering healthy, satisfying intimacy practices.
    • An abstinence contract for staying accountable throughout the program.
    • Psychoeducation sessions for understanding your addiction.
    • Physical exercise, expressive art therapy, and mindfulness for healing the mind, body, and emotional self.

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 Sex and Love Addiction Program.

Sun rising over water
Morning
When you wake up, you’ll have free time to practice the recovery skills you’ve been working on. After breakfast, you’ll take an inspiring walk on our verdant grounds and reflect on your progress. You’ll attend an educational lecture, in which you’ll learn the underlying causes of sex and love addiction.
Fork, plate and knife
Afternoon
After lunch, you’ll enjoy a group fitness class or take another walk. Then you’ll uncover the trauma that led to your dependency in a one-on-one therapy session or spend time working through Dr. Carnes’s Task Model for sexual addiction recovery.
Moon with cloud
Evening
Dinner is a social affair at Edgewood. You’ll digest with a walk, then participate in a skills group, in which you’ll practice DBT and develop healthy intimacy habits.
Front of Edgewood Campus

About Edgewood

Part of EHN Canada, Edgewood is BC’s premiere inpatient sex addiction treatment centre and has been guiding recoveries through evidence-based treatments for nearly 30 years. Located amidst the natural beauty of Vancouver Island’s east coast in Nanaimo, Edgewood provides both the tranquility and the challenge you need to get better.

Related Programs

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