EHN Guardians Nanaimo

Trauma and Addiction Treatment Created for Military, Veterans and First Responders.

EHN Guardians Nanaimo’s trauma program is tailored to serve the specific needs of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada, RCMP personnel, other First Responders, and anyone eligible under Presumptive Legislation for the treatment of PTSD and/or Operational Stress Injury, with or without addiction.

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We offer several confidential, no-commitment ways to learn more about our treatment centre.

Treatment Exclusive to Military Members, Veterans, First Responders, and Healthcare Workers

EHN Guardians Nanaimo has a dedicated space for our military, veteran, first responder, and frontline healthcare worker communities. These individuals are exposed to unique experiences that contribute to trauma, addiction, and mental illness. EHN Guardians Nanaimo is proud to offer treatment programs tailored to their specialized needs. Our evidence-based treatment addresses their distinctive struggles, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Moral Injury, Occupational Stress Injury (OSI), as well as any associated substance use disorders.

Alcohol rehab and drug rehab facility in Vancouver island, British Columbia

EHN Guardians Nanaimo Building

Our facility is nestled in a serene location away from the hustle and bustle of Nanaimo, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and peace. EHN Guardians Gateway is located on the EHN Edgewood Campus but the Guardians program operates from a different building, allowing the community to build within a safe dedicated space.

Patients who join our program often express a profound sense of safety and comfort upon their arrival. We actively promote various activities that help patients make the most of their time here.

Type of Therapeutic Approach

The trauma program at EHN Guardians Nanaimo incorporates a comprehensive approach, considering the biopsychosocial, spiritual, and environmental aspects of healing. It distinguishes itself from the core addiction program byoffering trauma-focused group therapy in conjunction with addiction-related sessions. Our therapeutic strategies encompass a range of evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy. In addition to this, we also provide trauma-sensitive yoga, art therapy, essential oils, labyrinth walks, and sound therapy.

Patients in the trauma program have opportunities to engage with members of the EHN Edgewood Nanaimo community during daily lectures, mealtimes, gym and recreational activities, as well as meditation and yoga sessions. The Concurrent Trauma and Addictions program maintains a balance, with a 70% emphasis on addressing trauma and a 30% focus on addiction-related issues. Our holistic approach aims to provide patients with a well-rounded and supportive environment for their recovery journey.

EHN Guardians Nanaimo's Treatment Programs & Services

Amenities Offered with Our Inpatient Programs

  • On-site medical professionals, with 24/7 access to nurses
  • Evidence-based approaches to treatment including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT)
  • Detox and withdrawal management
  • Holistic care that includes yoga, fitness, meditation, and art therapy
  • Access to peer support groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery, during and after treatment
  • One year of aftercare and lifelong access to EHN Canada’s Alumni network
  • Family programs that help your loved ones learn how to support you and heal themselves

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How it Works

Pre-Screening Assessment

Find out if our program is right for you.

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

Your family can learn how to support you in your recovery.

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.

Stories from EHN Guardians Treatment

What I learned was life altering for me—not just in dealing with my addiction, but also in dealing with the underlying causes.

Mike D

Gateway has been incredible. I came to Gateway nervous, a wreck, suicidal... After seven weeks, I am leaving Gateway a new version of my old self… I leaned into the program and have resolved so much of my past trauma. I truly believe that this program and staff has saved my life. Thank you, Gateway. I would recommend this program to any first responder or veteran that is suffering.

Rob L.

For my first time in treatment I could have not asked for a better place.

Michael O.

I showed up expecting the worst, but received the best. From the moment I walked in I was greeted with respect and compassion. Everyone was kind and showed that they were here to help me in my recovery.

Matthew D.