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Edgewood Treatment Centre

Sex & Love Addiction Treatment in BC

Start your healing journey at Vancouver Island’s leading treatment centre

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 and are seeking addiction counselling, we’ll equip you with the tools you need to overcome this concurrent concern.

Program Info

Treatment Program Features

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

  • Location: Edgewood, Nanaimo, BC
  • Category: Inpatient
  • Length: 6 weeks

Edgewood’s approach to sex & love addiction treatment

Our sex addiction treatment centre in B.C. 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.

What you can expect as an inpatient at Edgewood

Edgewood Treatment Centre provides a recover journey holistic in approach, with the support and guidance you need to heal and grow. No matter your journey, this is what a day at our Nanaimo treatment centre might look like in our Sex and Love Addiction Program.


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.



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.



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.

About Edgewood, Vancouver Island’s leading treatment centre

Operating as part of the EHN Canada Network, Edgewood Treatment Centre is B.C.’s premiere facility for inpatient sex addiction treatment. Amidst the natural beauty of Nanaimo and Vancouver Island’s east coast, Edgewood’s tranquil setting has been the serene backdrop for over 30 years of evidence-based treatments and recoveries.

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.