Before anyone can receive help, they first need to ask. And for many people suffering from addiction, this first step is a true challenge. That’s why our admissions coordinators are standing by to provide assistance whenever you or a loved one is ready to admit “I need help.” From here, our discrete, completely confidential process will begin to determine the type of treatment you require.

What to Expect

You will initially be met by Bellwood’s Welcoming Volunteer. You will then meet with our business office staff to complete any necessary financial paperwork. Once completed, you will meet with an Admissions Counsellor who will assess your needs at the time of admission. It is very helpful to have a family member or friend accompany you through this step.
The Welcoming Volunteer will show you to your room and introduce you to the nursing and medical staff.
After you’ve had a chance to get settled, you will be given a tour. Your guide will show you the facility, introduce you to our client guidelines, and give you an inside perspective on life at Bellwood. Our caring community will give you all the support and guidance you need. Your level of participation in our programs will depend on your medical condition.

What Not to Eat

Please refrain from eating any foods containing poppy seeds two weeks prior to admission as poppy seeds may result in incorrect drug test results.

Cell Phones

Cell phones are not permitted while at Bellwood. Clients are advised to leave their cell phones at home, however if brought, they will be placed in safekeeping and returned upon departure. Please write down important information or phone numbers stored in your phone prior to arrival in case needed throughout treatment.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable casual clothes such as jeans, cotton pants, knee-length shorts, shirts, sweaters, blouses, and jackets.
  • Sleepwear, bathrobe, and slippers
  • Exercise clothes such as jogging suits, gym shorts, T-shirts, walking or running shoes, and rainwear
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Alarm clock
  • For those who snore – nasal strips and ear plugs
  • Toiletries and hygiene products (Mouthwash must be non-alcoholic.)
  • Books, iPods/mp3 players (without Internet access, camera or phone access) and extra batteries. Note: Large portable radios and CD/DVD players are not allowed.
  • A 3 day supply of routine prescription medications and routine vitamins pre-approved by Bellwood medical staff. All supplements are to be sealed.
  • Credit card, bank card, or money for toiletries or incidentals
  • Photos and mementos of loved ones

Note: No more than one piece of luggage and one carry-on bag per patient.

What Not to Bring

  • Over-the-counter medications and vitamins (unless pre-approved by our medical staff)
  • Food or beverages. No outside food or beverages are allowed on the property.
  • Lottery tickets
  • Large amounts of money and valuables
  • Computers, Personal Digital Assistants, TVs, cameras, movies/DVDs.
  • Playing cards, dice or other gambling items.
  • Electronic hand-held games
  • Perfume, cologne, aftershave and scented body lotions. Bellwood is a “scent free” environment.Please note that if any of these items are brought to Bellwood, they will be placed in safekeeping and will not be available for your use during treatment.

Clothing Guidelines

Footwear must be worn at all times and should be appropriate for program activity.

The following items of clothing are not permitted for Bellwood clients:

  • Tight or revealing clothing such as: halter tops; bathing suit tops, mid-drift tops (belly tops); thinly strapped tops or strapless tops; tank tops; muscle tops; tight shorts, pants, or skirts; “short” shorts or short skirts.
  • Clothing with inappropriate wording or pictures, including anything promoting alcohol, bars, casinos or sports teams
  • Camouflage clothing

Please note that as part of our infection control policy, upon admission, all belongings will be screened by our staff in the presence of clients. Luggage and bags will be steamed and clothes may be ‘flash-dried’ if required.

Once you have spoken to a Bellwood counsellor, please complete the following Interactive PDF and email it to our admissions team.