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Intensive Outpatient Programs started in Toronto and Calgary

We are excited to announce that our two newest clinics, EHN Toronto and EHN Calgary, have begun their first sessions if our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).  We know that not everyone needs an inpatient residential treatment program.  And we also know that not everyone is able to attend one; Sometimes work or family commitments prevent us from leaving home.  But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the best care possible for your addiction.  Our IOP programs consist of 9 hours of therapy per week for 12 weeks.  We include psycho-social education, group therapy, family therapy and individual counselling.  The IOP program provides education on addiction and an introduction to recovery.  We teach our clients about anxiety management, relapse prevention, healthy living and we provide them with a recovery plan. We use evidence based practices that are tailored to meet the needs of the individual and we connect them with a whole new network of peers in recovery.  It’s about providing an understanding of addiction, insight into their own addictive behavior, and building new habits for a happy, healthy life in sobriety.

Our Toronto clinic will be taking continuous admission to their IOP program while Calgary will run sessions a few weeks apart. Head to or for more information.  Get started down your path to recovery with the Edgewood Health Network.

It is really just social drinking?

There are social situations that some people attend specifically to get drunk, do drugs or both. Places like bars, clubs, vape lounges and parties.  And music festivals. Over the weekend, there were 17 overdoses at the Calgary music festival Chasing Summer.  Ten men and seven women were taken to the hospital over Friday and Saturday. Some are in stable condition, some were in serious but stable condition and one woman was in life-threatening condition. While we can’t speculate on what happened in these specific cases, we do know that certain social situations may highlight and/or magnify a possible problem with addiction.  So how do you know if you have a problem?

1. You choose social situations that allow you to drink or do drugs.

You’re always urging your friends to meet for drinks instead of coffee.  Friends who don’t do drugs have fallen by the wayside; you’d much rather hang out with those who smoke pot like you do.  And forget going to any dry event. You consistently choose to spend your free time in situations where you can freely drink or use drugs, and are less and less interested in people who don’t do the same.

2. You drink or do drugs at times when most other people are sober.

You might be the only one who cracks a beer before noon at the cottage or the only one having mimosas at brunch.  Maybe you like to get high before going to the movies or you drink at work. Fairly often, you’re the only one drinking while everyone else is sober.

3. You use recreational drugs to self-medicate.

You drink to deal with your anxiety or your depression instead of seeing a doctor.  Instead of dealing with painful memories, you get high. Your prescription pain medication says twice a day but you frequently use three or four times that amount.  Anytime you have an emotional or physical problem, you reach for your favourite substance.

If any of this feels familiar, it might be time to seek some help.  We’re here to help our patients get into recovery, and back to enjoying life with a clear mind. You can call us anytime at 1-800-683-0111, or you can email us at [email protected]. You can drop into any one of our clinics in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria or Seattle and see a counsellor.

Seek help before it gets to an overdose. You can still go to music festivals – you might even remember the show this time around.