Addiction and Mental Health Program

The day-to-day experiences of military, veterans, first responders, and healthcare workers, often including life-and-death decisions, are unimaginable to the average citizen. As a result, they often experience moral injury, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and operational stress injury. Increased substance use can become a way they choose to deal with these feelings.

At EHN Guardians Gateway in Peterborough, Ontario, just an hour and a half outside Toronto, our Addiction and Mental Health Program is designed to treat the root cause of addiction and mental health struggles, leading to long-lasting recovery.

Program Information


Drugs and alcohol are often used as an escape for those who’ve experienced trauma. Rehabilitation treatment from EHN Guardians Gateway can help.

  • Location: Peterborough, ON
  • Category: Inpatient

  • Length: 7 weeks
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Treatment From a Team That Understands

While we offer trauma treatment at our other EHN Canada facilities, we noticed a demand for a space and programs created exclusively for military, veterans, and first responders for them to share experiences and recover. The workplace experiences of these groups may make them feel less willing to share with those who do not understand. That’s why we’ve created a treatment facility in which clients can feel comfortable sharing their stories and feelings. And our staff are professional, compassionate, understanding and non-judgemental when it comes to their treatment approach. Think of them more as partners in recovery than as authority figures. 

How it works

Members of Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada, and Partners in Veteran Rehabilitation Services are all offered access to our Aftercare program. WSIB clients are able to access ongoing outpatient care through the First Responder Mental Health Specialty program.

Here is a step-by-step look at what treatment at EHN Guardians Gateway can look like:


Pre-Screening Assessment

Find the right program.


Care Plan

Meet with our recovery team to build a treatment plan.


Detox & Stabilization

For those struggling with substance use, prepare for rehab with 24/7 nursing support and supervision.



Spend 7 to 10 weeks in evidence-based treatment, including the use of DBT, CBT and in-vivo exposure therapy.


Family Participation

Work with our therapists to develop a plan that will work for you.


Relapse Prevention Plan

Work with our therapists to develop a plan that will work for you.



Leave EHN Guardians Gateway with a plan for outpatient follow up and access to alumni support.

This is EHN Guardians Gateway

EHN Guardians Gateway offers the serene setting needed for clients to focus on their recovery. Here, they will meet other military service members, veterans, and first responders with shared experiences and get treatment from our compassionate, professional team. And they will also get to experience the calm they need to focus on themselves, far away from their hectic workplaces.

Related Programs

People who struggle with addiction and mental health disorders often struggle with additional concerns as well. That’s why EHN Canada offers a variety of related treatment programs – both in person and online.